anyone flown on an airplane with an ostomy?

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   Posted 10/7/2004 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone....enjoyed your posts wish i would have found you when i was sent home with out knowing how to change my bag.....and before home health nurse incorrectly put mine on causing me to burn my whole stomach then clueless nurse sent me to er after coming back to put another on which lasted 1 hour.....only to find out er nurses haven't a clue ethier.....blew off in the parking lot...this on a fri. et nurse only works 9-5 mon-fri......i needed a burn unit at this point bullet to bite on should have taken offered morphine however now am a pro at chaning them but.......what prey tll do i do if my bag blows in flight.....have chrons insicion from surgery in june split open si stuffed like a turkey there...get dehyrated easily but have had ticket 2 yrs bout died several times and i am going to get on plane and celebrate my 50th b-day with my best freinds haven't seen in 3 yrs help please!
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   Posted 10/14/2004 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi debi.

How long is your flight for?I had never flown until June of this year because I would never have coped because of my Uc.I now have an Ileostomy and although I was nervous at first everything went fine.The bag didn't expand or anythig lol.I did have to use the loo to empty just the once,but it was fine.I shall definatly fly again.
Go for it and have a good time.


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   Posted 10/25/2004 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
cool  Have a great trip and don't worry.  Take an extra bag. Have you used the Eaking Cohesive seals. Use them before you put on the appliance.  I am 53 have had illieostomy for 25 years. Flly all the time, snorkel, swim , marathons. Have blown off a few, but heh!!  Use a belt. Don't drink carb beverages and avoid real gassy foods 24 hours before flight.  YOu need to prepare your skin good before putting bag on.  Try leaving bag off for 15 min. if possible.  Lie down with gauze over stoma. rub in diaper rash cream and then wipe off. Apply skin prep and stomahesive and then eakins then adhesive spray and bag-should be OK.
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   Posted 10/27/2004 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have flown several times with the bag and have not had any problems.  It's much better than flying with UC because I could actually sleep on the flight without being interrupted by the urge to go to the bathroom.  Just remember to pack enough appliances (paste, bags, clips, odor drops, whatever you like to use) for the duration of your trip.
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   Posted 10/28/2004 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   


Flying and an ostomy. No problems. I've been back and forth from UK to Canada 4 times in the last month. Not an issue.

My routine is to change my appliance the day before. The new bag will have taken by then.

Have 2 spare changes in your carry on luggage. I also have an extra t-shirt,and track pants. I've never used them,but more for piece of mind.

I always ask for an asile seat. I get up to streach and empty my appliance about 4 times,during the 6h flight.

Avoid caffine & orange juice. drink plenty water. If you want take 1 ammoidine pill to slow things down during the flight.

The biggest problem I had was going through the metal detector.It went off once and the guy gave me a body search. When he felt the bag,I got the what's this.I explain and there are more freaked out and embarresed than me. Hey who cares,I'll never see that person again in my life.

I sent away for a to Dansac for a "Dansac" Travel Certificate. This explains in 5 different lanugues that you have and Ostomy.I only use it if need.

As for the seat belt, I always wear it during the flight,but slightly loose. During take off & landings,as tight as it'll go. Always Safety First!


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