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Scrap Girl
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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, I'm sure this has been covered many times but when you go swimming, do you change the appliance and base plate afterwards?
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Asacol, Colazal, Prednisone, Rectal Meds, Remicade, Humira
 
Now UC Free!
First step of j-pouch - April 1, 2010
Second Step - 9/14/10
Third Step - TBD


esoR
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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

There is a waterproof pink tape called Hy Tape. You put strips of it on over the paper part of the base plate. When you finish swimming if you do not want to change your appliance you can just peel off the Hy Tape, set a hair drier on cool, and dry the paper on the base plate. Some water does get under the hy tape but not enough to loosen the base plate if you dry the paper part of the base plate. If you leave the Hy Tape on like overnight for another day of swimming it can cause skin irritation (at least it does with me.)

Rosemary

Trigirl
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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I go swimming all the time and I don't usually change right after. Don't like changing at the pool. Sometimes it can stay on for a day or two after. I do have big problems keeping base plates on for more than 3 or 4 days with all the working out I do. I run and bike every day and I swim every other day.

Good luck to you with it. The pink tape does help. I do like to take it off ad dry out base plate after.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy


summerstorm
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   Posted 6/16/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
get sure seals, they are awesome and will extend your wear time a bunch!
i dont change after swimming or hot tub or whatever.
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-
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Allison77
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I do aqua fit and swim ALOT. I use Sure Seals as well. I change the pouch but the base plate stays on for 5-7 days as I use the extended wear.

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
SURE SEAL!!!!!! I get about 3-4 days of wear time and never change after swimming and I know it helps when the temperature rises and I sweat more, too, and I am super active outside:)

It's breathable and waterproof...looks like saran wrap...and you just wipe it off and go!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Scrap Girl
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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Where do I find this pink tape and sure seals? Also, are hot tubs OK? Thanks everyone for your responses.

Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Asacol, Colazal, Prednisone, Rectal Meds, Remicade, Humira
 
Now UC Free!
First step of j-pouch - April 1, 2010
Second Step - 9/14/10
Third Step - TBD


esoR
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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scrap Girl,

The Hy Tape I order from Byram's catalog where I get my other supplies.

Also to others...... What are Sure Seals? and Where do you get these? How do these go on?

Thanks Rosemary

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
sureseals-you get them from your supplier, edgepark or whoever, they go on over top of the flange, once you see them it will make more sense.

Hottubs-heck yeah they are ok! i got one on the back porch! i spend hours in it, lol
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!


stillhere2010
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   Posted 6/18/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, Illeostomy for just under a year. Three Kids and having serious anxiety about doing the swimming / waterpark thing this summer. ( 1st summer with illeostomy) This may be a silly question, but what in the world do you wear to the pool and do you wear your regular everyday pouch and flange or some special type for swimming?

Shaz032
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't do anything special before or after, just put on my bathing suit and go for it. Afterwards, the sun dries everything out for me :) I wear a one piece ileostomy bag.

Here's a pic of me a year after my surgery (many many years ago) diving into our pool www.ostomates.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=37&pos=8

Here's a pic of a colostomate friend of mine SCUBA diving in the Bahamas www.ostomates.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=37&pos=2 and her after the dive www.ostomates.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=37&pos=1 (Can you see her bag?)
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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80sChick
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   Posted 6/19/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wear my usual two-piece pouch and either roll up the bottom or turn it to the side so the opening is up by my hip. I went out and got a swimsuit that has like a loose tank top thing over the top of the one-piece suit so that it helps hide the pouch, but you really can't see it anyway. Have fun swimming with your kids!!!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 


stillhere2010
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   Posted 6/22/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Thanks you guys.. great Pics, and no... I see no pouch. I will be getting into the water in about two wks. I will let you know how it goes.
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