You are so sweet to give your stoma a personal shower everyday!
I usually shower with the pouch on, except on wafer changing days. That's when I remove everything and clean the skin around the stoma with unscented soap. I like to take longer showers on those days, because it feels good to be without the wafer for a little bit.
I used to take the pouch off and give Paloma (my stoma) a shower every day, but quickly realized that she liked
being covered in poo, so I just let her have her way!
On wafer changing days, if she decides to get active in the shower, it's okay, it just goes down the drain anyway. Since your output is thick, removing the pouch and cleaning around your stoma is a good idea, since it will probably give you a longer wafer wear time.
I'm so glad that you are doing well and are lovin' on your stoma!
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.