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   Posted 2/1/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all... I haven't posted in quite a while, I've been feeling great since my new "attachment" and I've been living it up!! Now after years of UC suffering I'm finally healthy enough to take a trip with my wife. I have some questions for the seasoned "baggers".

Is there anything I should now about airport security or customs in regards to the pouch? I have a fear someone is going to ask "what's that for?".

I'm going to be traveling to Mexico, is there anything I should be aware of? We are going to a 5 star not a hut on the beach.

What extra-ordinary supplies should I bring? (I already plan on bringing triple of the usual stuff)

Any additional advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

29 year old male, UC diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Bad flare started summer 07 and led to emergency surgery June 08 after ruptured colon.

Previous UC meds.... Salofalk, Imuran, Remicade, Buscopan, Pantoloc, Prednisone, etc...

Currently living with and ostomy and completely med free!!

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   Posted 2/1/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest taking more supplies than you think you'll need just in case you have unexpected leaks because that can happen
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
regardless of what kind of place you stay in in mexico you still can't drink the water, and you should use bottled water to brush your teeth and watch out for ice cubes. Also, be careful and dont' open your mouth in the shower. I just saw all that on that tv show, "the doctors" the other day, lol

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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   

I carry supplies AND pack supplies!  just make sure that you DON'T carry scissors on the plane (packing them is okay)...big no no...I will cut a few strips of my waterproof tape and either stick them to a plastic bag or the inside of the bag I carry my stuff in (it's a plastic lined cosmetic bag and very one would think what is inside it!!).  I don't normally use the tape, but have it when travelling for an emergency "patch".  Those bathrooms on the plane aren't big enough to pee, let alone change a pouch!!

The three times the amount you THINK you'll need is a good average.  Don't forget there are always hospitals you can get supplies from, but it may not be what you like...and in Mexico, who knows!!!

As far as going through security, I've never had a problem, but if I ever got the "special" treatment I think they'd be more embarassed than me!!  You can ask your doc for a note saying that they are medical supplies for your condition...but if you go to the Homeland Security's website you'll see that they have an exception for ostomy supplies...the also has a link to what you could do.

Have FUN tongue

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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a medical bracelet that I wear when I travel and a medical card I have signed by my doctor, just in case. As mentioned above, I pack some of my supplies in my carry on and in my checked bag too. Remember that liquids have to 3 ounces or less. I have a travel size bottle of M9 drops that has to be put in a clear zip lock bag and you have to take it out of your carryon to be scanned. I was nervous my first time flying that EVERYONE was going to notice it but after flying too many times to count, no one really even looks at what it actually is! And I always have a big bottle of M9 in my checked bag. I go through a LOT of it!

Now that I don't have to jump right up when I need to go to the bathroom I actually get window seats for the first time in YEARS!

I also got a lot of travel information from the book "Yes We CAN!" by Barbara Kupfer and various other authors. It also has contact numbers for ostomy suppliers in most countries in case you need it.

Good luck! In FREEZING Minnesota Mexico sounds sooooooo wonderful!
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Pack your supplies, don't worry about security, drink lots of bottled water, but most of all, JUST HAVE FUN!!!! And let us know how it went for you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Three cheers for getting your life back! Have a fun trip!
Dx: Crohn's/Colitis
Ileostomy May 16, 2007
I'm off the meds and only see my GI for social visits!

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   Posted 2/3/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been to resorts such as what you are describing a number of times--but I don't have my ostomy yet. You will probably be able to brush your teeth with the water and have the ice--they have purification systems of their own BUT I would definitely ask. I would think you'd get a fridge in your room too---that they will fill all the time with at least bottled water and soda. Drink that bottled water and don't get dehydrated. I still brushed my teeth with bottled water but my husband never did. When we ran out, I wrote a notes asking for more (más agua embotellada y soda de la dieta por favor) and left a few dollars in the fridge. We were set.

Watch the fruit and the meats/cheese. If they look fresh that's great---if they look sweaty AVOID. I also avoided the group cookouts on the beach or any type of event where they served en masse and fast. Buffets in restaurants were fine for me but not those out on the beach. Meat tended to sit in the sun or not get fully cooked--and we were at a 5 star place. Most of these 5 star places have good sushi but I would look around and check it out before trying--what are people ordering? Mostly cooked pieces or raw pieces that are going fast and look firm?

I only got sick once at a resort like that and it was b/c I drank too many fruity rum drinks! turn

I bet you are going to have a phenomenal time!!!! Please report back with tips b/c I'll be going away with my ostomy for the first time in June.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08;codeine for D; sometimes supplements: MSM, e, selenium, C, B complex, multi, iron; recent meds to get through til surgery include propranolol and xanax

vette guy
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
summerstorm said...
regardless of what kind of place you stay in in mexico you still can't drink the water, and you should use bottled water to brush your teeth and watch out for ice cubes. Also, be careful and dont' open your mouth in the shower. I just saw all that on that tv show, "the doctors" the other day, lol
Good advice here. Also, try to clench your eyes closed when you're in the shower. Believe it or not, water can get into yout tear ducts and ruin your vacation. That's the advice we were given when we were in Mexico. Luckily, the Marriot we stayed in purified their own water, so we didn't have to worry about it.
However, we made the mistake of having a hot dog at the airport when we were waiting for our flight back home. And, you guessed it, the hot dog was boiled in water. Luckily we were already home when Montezuma's Revenge kicked in!!!

Post Edited (vette guy) : 2/3/2009 3:41:12 PM (GMT-7)

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