Ostomies and swimming

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   Posted 10/11/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I was wondering if they make bags for swimming, ones that are maybe a bit smaller and not see through? Also, do any of you wear two piece suits with an ostomy? All I have ever worn are two piece. As long as my bag was opaque and you couldn't see my poop, I would be comfortable wearing a two piece, but would it be appropriate? I won't be swimming until we take our vacation to Florida over the winter, but I want to make sure I have time to get the right supplies. Thanks!
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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   

All bags are waterproof, so you can shower and go swimming with them. My ostomy is low enough that I can wear a two piece bathing suit. I have one that's a tankini top with a skirt bottom and another that's a bikini top with board shorts. I also have a one piece with a skirt that's black with a halter top.

I live in Florida and go to the beach almost every weekend, so I'm glad to be able to wear a variety of different suits. Where in Florida will you be vacationing? I live on the Southwest coast near Sanibel Island, which is where I work and go to the beach on the weekends. :-)

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   Posted 10/11/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jellybean

If I were you, I would order as many free samples from manufacturers to try out before your holiday so you can find one you're comfortable with. Try wearing them while soaking in the bath for 1/2 hour - that should give you an idea of how they're going to hold up. As flchurchlady said above, they're all waterproof. it's just a matter of finding one you're comfortable with. Try the following websites for samples:


There are others if you Google ostomy manufacturers.

Good luck and enjoy your holiday.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 10/12/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
One thing to remember, don't jump into a swimming pool, or water ski without a wetsuit, or you may wind up with a surprise. This was a good piece of advice I got from my CD roommate in the hospital after I got my temporary ileostomy. Otherwise, pools and hot tubs are fine.
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add Actonel (75mgx2 pills/month) and daily iron pills
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