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David Martin
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   Posted 10/12/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
If people dont mind I would like to ask what do you do when you go to take a shower?
Do you cover the bag in something? let the shower hit the bag directly?

I wrap a small towel around my bag so it doesn't get as soaked. and when i take showers i take it around the time im going to change it.

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   Posted 10/12/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't cover my bag when i shower. when i'm out of the shower i dry it gently with a towel, works good enough for me.
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
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   Posted 10/12/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear a one piece convatec. I do not cover it at all and I shower every day. The tape around the outside of the wafer is waterproof and never comes off. I also use EZ vents. When I shower I open the vent and let water hit the opening to clean It out.


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   Posted 10/12/2010 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
If I'm showering when it's time to change, I'll take my one piece off and let the water run over my stoma to get it really clean.

If it's inbetween change days, I'm like the others. I don't use anything special and just dry it off when I get out of the shower. Some people like to use a hairdryer on it's lowest setting to dry the wafer but I find body heat does the job within 1/2 hour or so.
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   Posted 10/12/2010 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
sure seals!!!!
and i also tape my bag up on itself, cause i cnat stand to have it flopping around, gets on my nerves! that keeps it from getting too awful wet, then i use the hair dryer.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 10/13/2010 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to cover mine up with a small plastic bag but water often got in there anyway so I gave up on that and shower without anything covering it and have on hand a small microfibre cloth to wipe my pouch off when I have dried myself and it works beautifully, it is virtually bone dry and it makes life so much easier than having to try to seal a bag over it.

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   Posted 10/13/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I shower every day and do not cover the pouch with anything. I just towel dry it when I get out. On wafer changing days, I take it all off and shower. It feels so good to clean the skin around the stoma and gently scratch it if it itches. :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
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   Posted 10/13/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
So far I've not been doing anything special just letting the water hit the pouch and towel drying it then hitting it with a blow dryer for a bit. I've been showering less frequently because my incision is still scabby and those darn scabs want to fall off and slow my healing down when they get wet.

I was wondering for those that take the bag off when they shower, are you at all concerned about what kind of soap you use? I was told only to use plain dial or ivory soap on the skin around my stoma because others would leave a residue that may prevent the wafer from sticking. But what if I am washing my hair and some shampoo bubbles slide over the stoma or the area around it? is that a big deal?
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-Now IBD is indeterminate tests will be done after healing if still UC J-pouch surgery, if Chron's take down of colostomy

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   Posted 10/13/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I shower without any covering but I do use the sure seals.  Just towel dry the pouch when i get out.  I take it all off on change day and shave around the stoma.
I have wondered about making a water proof cover with elastic that would keep everything dry
>>>>>any ideas?

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   Posted 10/13/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
it might would, although unless it covers it compeltly then it would probably trap water, does that make sense?
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 10/14/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Koolostomy makes a shower pouch cover. Their website is here:


It's a bit pricey, IMHO.
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UC is GONE!! Permanent ilieostomy on July 8th, 2010.
Stoma is named "Sparky".

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   Posted 10/14/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I shower daily...sometimes multiple times...and just dry off with a good towel but I tend to change my pouch at least every other day.

I also use a Sure Seal over the wafer which makes a huge difference for me:)
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 10/15/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taping the edges of the actual bag to my skin to make a seal... nothing gets wet besides the front of my bag.... get out of the shower and untape and it's like i stayed dry the whole time!
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3 Flair ups (first flair- 2 months/Second Flair- 2 months/ Third flair- One week, then surgery)

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Living with an ostomy bag right now and loving feeling healthy again! Finally have gotten this horrible disease OUT of my body!

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   Posted 10/16/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Glad press n seal. I stick it to my skin and tape around the edges with pink tape. It keeps the bag and wafer completely dry and then on bag change days, I take the bag and wafer off and shower....it feels great. Just be sure to take the tape off gently as it can irritate your skin.
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy

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   Posted 10/16/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
On change day's I do a naked shower, everything off. Feel's great! Every other day I use a designated shower pouch....I change out my pouch to one I use in the shower and when I get out of the shower, I change back into the pouch I was wearing.

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