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Anthony1977
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   Posted 5/8/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been very active on the Ulcerative Colitis board for a while, but have gone for the total colectomy and am now baring an ostomy which I have to say isn't as bad as I thought. I just had one question about showering? Are there are any hints, tips, tricks on how to shower without comprimising the adhesives? The last time I took a shower, it got pretty wet and it started to leak. I am assuming the seal must have broken somewhere. Thank you all for your time and I look foward to getting to know you guys.

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flchurchlady
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   Posted 5/8/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Anthony! :-) I'm glad you're doing well with your new ostomy.

I've never had that problem, but I have read on here that a lot of people use Sure Seals or Glad Press 'n Seal over their wafer and pouch when showering.

I live in Florida and spend a lot of time swimming, plus I shower every day, so I had to find a wafer that was waterproof. I highly recommend the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear Wafer #2833 with matching pouch #13986. You might want to give it a try the next time you place an order, or call Coloplast, and they can send you a free sample. You can get their phone number from their website, www.coloplast.com

Hope that helps!

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


polishdan
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   Posted 5/8/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Total colectomy and ileostomy November '07. I wear Convatec 400598 clear pouch. 400599 is opaque. The wafer is soft and pliable. The adhesive is waterproof. It has never leaked from being wet in the shower...never. I dry the wafer with a hair dryer after a shower.

I have tried other pouches but found this one to be the most comfortable.

Dan

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/8/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Ostomies Formun Anthony!!

Do you use the NON Sting Skin Prep? If that is used, on your skin, by the paper/tape part of the wafer, and it gets wet, it will ruin the adherence to your skin:(

Also, if you change your appliance - then shower - the adhesive would have a better chance of letting go:(

I am a Sure Seal fan ...it's a waterproof/breathable barrier that you apply over the paper/tape part of the wafer and keeps it dry so there is less of a chance that it lets go! The Coloplast Extended Wear Wafers are really waterproof, too!!

Is your ostomy temporary until you have a j-pouch takedown?
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Anthony1977
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   Posted 5/8/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you everyone. i think the problem was like OhIO 76 said above. I took a shower right after I had affixed it. I have only had it for 2 weeks and it is taking a little time to get used to, but I will get it. Yes, this is temporary, as I have a jpouch built. In all honesty, I really don't mind the bag at all. Thanks for welcoming me to this forum. I am sure I will have lots more questions. Stay well, everyone!

esoR
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   Posted 5/8/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the Glad press and seal? SOunds like what I need. I miss showering more frequently than every 4 days when I do the bag change. The water loosens my wafer too. Rosemary

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/8/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
glad press and seal is a form of saran wrap that sticks to your skin, you can buy it where you buy foil in the grocery store.
But the sure seals work much better!
Water shouldnt be loosening your wafer unless you dont have a good seal in the first place, or are using the skin prep or powder under the wafer.
Its best to change AFTER a shower, then use the hair dryer for a minute to heat the wafer so it will stick well.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/8/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Most manufacturers say not to get the wafer wet for 24 hours after applying. I've found that 8 usually does the trick for a good seal.

Rosemary~what kind of soap are you using?

You should be able to show daily (more than once) and even swim without loosening the wafer! Many people even use hottubs:) with minimal problems!!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


summerstorm
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   Posted 5/8/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
24 hours? wow i didnt know that!
gosh i changed at like 6 last night and got in the hottub about 10, oops!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/9/2010 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
summerstorm~that's their recommendation in the 'directions' that I've read...I've had no problems the times I've gone swimming or showered after a few hours, but I don't use skin preps or adhesive removers, which I think compromise things with water.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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