Getting wet - Sweat or swim

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Bridgie-d
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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I nearly never post on here... busy life, but I've got to figure out how to solve a problem and you all are the ONLY ones that can help!  I've had my ostomy for over 9 years and at the beginning, I experimented with types but have found one and stuck with it for about 8 years.  Its a 2 peice Hollister with a cut to fit flange.  The tape is a type of paper tape.  It works Awesome and I can usually keep it on for about 6 days before changing it.  Though, I've figured out that I can't get it wet for approximately 24-36 hours after I put it on or the tape comes right off.  I am pretty clever about how I shower and can manage to get clean without getting it wet.  After the first two days, the tape is pretty good and stuck and I can take "normal" showers. 
The delima is - I changed my bag last night and was sitting around a pool today but because of the sweat, the tape was coming off ( it is abnormally warm for the NW {96 deg})  Also, I'm going to Hawaii in October for my 10 year anniversary and don't want to have to worry so much if I can go in the water or not etc.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to something I can put over the papertape or a different - though similar - ostomy type/brand that does better when its wet????
 
Thanks to all you fellow ostomates for the suggestions!
 
Bridget

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
sure seals!!! they are the best thing ever!
the go over the wafer and keep it from getting wet!
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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NewShinyCD
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   Posted 8/15/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been using the waterproof pink tape that I found in Walmart. It's ok but it does start to come off if applied too soon before getting wet and it starts to peel.
I ordered some sure seals friday and I should get them tuesday.
I'm just wondering if the lady I talked to in the online customer service told me the right thing about the amount of supplies I would get. She told me that one box for bags and flanges is 20 or basically a months suppy but on Hollisters website it says that one box of bags is 10 and a box of flanges is 5 :x
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Temp Ileostomy and colon removal surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Takedown surgery - 8/?/2010

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/16/2010 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, you need to try the SURE SEALS smurf smurf smurf (no thumbs up so smurfs will have to do!!)

Yes, 24 hours is what the manufacturers say to wait before getting the wafer/flange wet...but you cannot control sweat shakehead

I can run the same day I change without issues and they make showering so easy since all you have to do is dry off!

google: Sure Seal Active Lifestyle and you'll find them. They will send you samples with in a weeks time and the directions are really good...there is a learning curve so if you get frustrated with them, work through it, they are THAT good!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

Shaz032
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   Posted 8/16/2010 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Will the wafer stay put without the tape? A lot of people find the tape superfluous (and indeed, lots of wafers don't have any tape) so try it and see how long you can get once the tape comes off (make sure you're not going out anywhere just in case).
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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summerstorm
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   Posted 8/16/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
hollister comes 10 bags in a box and 5 wafers in a box, i have no idea why, its like when hotdogs used to come 8 in a pacd and buns were 6 in a pack! UGH!!!
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!

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/16/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah i'm having the same problem with the humidity and the showers, it peels so easily lately, so everyone on here offered me SURE SEALS :) :) :) so i'm gonna get those soon YAY!
Hodaya

06/05/2007 - STARR procedure

colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction

08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis

07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

flchurchlady
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back, Bridget! That's awesome that you're going to Hawaii for your 10th Anniversary! Congrats! I agree with everyone else. You've got to try Sure Seals! smilewinkgrin And, have fun swimming in the Pacific!

I'm right there with you, summerstorm! Why does Coloplast put 10 pouches in a box, but only gives us 5 blue plastic bags to throw them away in?? It's the things that make you go hmmm... rolleyes
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.

Bridgie-d
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   Posted 8/17/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone - guess I've been missing the boat having not tried Sure Seals to date. I guess I felt if its not broke don't fix it, but I am not taking advantage of newer, potentially better products out there. I just ordered my first set of Sure Seals. I'll post again once I get them and try them out!!!
Thanks to you all for taking the time to respond.

Bridge
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