showering w/o the appliance on

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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
hey all,
i was wondering, do you all shower with or w/o you appliance on? i shower with it on me, then i give the stoma a personal shower with a little small bowl with soap and water, then just water. maybe it's much healthier for the stoma and the skin around it to be also naked in the shower, but i wouldn't want the stoma to get active on me during my shower :/
 
how do you all do it?

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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hodaya,
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! smilewinkgrin 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!

Hugs,
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.

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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL, Cecilia :D your posts always make me laugh.. thanks for the compliment lol, but no, i don't give her a shower every day, i also do it only on changing days. it could be really nice to shower w/o anything on the stoma, but still stressing me to have her exposed like this :o but i'll try and see how it goes, i mean, what's the worst that can happen, right?

thanks, i am doing well and truly in love with my stomee :) she's beautiful ♥♥♥ (well, an ostomate friend of mine thinks i need counsling lol)
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

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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I love Paloma:)

Hodaya I keep mine one...I just cannot shower with it off! Don't let it stress you:( there is no right or wrong on this topic!!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
i leave mine on too, i cant stand the thought of that poo in my shower! eek :D
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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
lol thanks guys! well my two ostomates girl friends shower w/o anything on, but i don't think i'm comfortable doing that yet, but will give it a try some time. lets say it's no biggie if it's active during the shower, but what if it's really active when i'm out of the shower drying my self with the towel :o ???? that sounds like a nasty situation, doesn't it?
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

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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
BTW Cecilia, is there a meaning to the name Paloma?
Hodaya
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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 8/26/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I love Italian food, but couldn't eat it when I was sick, because I would be in so much pain afterward. Once I got my stoma, I could finally eat it again, so I decided to give her an Italian name that rhymes with stoma, so she became Paloma! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
beautiful!!!!! :)
Hodaya
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08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

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   Posted 8/26/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hodaya, I showered with my bag off one time and it was a disaster. I think the warm water stimulated it or something because as soon as I stepped out of the shower, the thing started going off and off and off....My bathroom floor and my legs kept getting showered with poop. My husband was fascinated and all I wanted to do was cry. LOL It took us a good hour before we could even attempt to put the bag on. I have yet to try that again, but I am getting braver by the day and less scared of my Stomee. Since it is settling down and my output, though still liquidy, is getting less, I may try again.

By the way, it did feel good to have the water go over the skin with the bag off.
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2006-sacralcolopopexy
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mxmstr
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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to get in a weekly schedule of rising early and showering w/o appliance. I keep a paper towel or two ready for the exit and quick dry and slap the new one on. I've been doing this for twenty some years and can't recall any messes. Of course my memory seems to be shortening lately.


Isn't it awesome to not have to know where every bathroom is at all times?

privey
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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard and actually tried to end my shower with cold water running over the stoma I was told that that shocks her to not do her business.........I do think it worked but as I say my "my privey" chooses the time when change by leaking...
Cathy

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   Posted 8/27/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you all :)

OMG Tracy.. LOL... poor thing, it must have been just aweful for you. i can't stand anything like that happening to me either.

i'm supposed to change my wafer today (it's been a week!!) maybe i'll try showring w/o it on.. lol i hope it goes ok. good think it's so hot here, so i usually shower with cold water anyway.
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

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   Posted 8/28/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
i thought of doing it, but couldn't. guess i'll stay with what makes me comfortable - staying with it on during a shower.
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
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