1. don't mess with changing the pouch around, it is a pain and makes a horrible mess and there is no need at all. if you put on a closed end one and you need to empty you will have to take the whole thing off, and if you use a smaller one then you will have to empty more often. i just wear my regular bag, tucked up under like always and the little skirt on the bathing suit hides it perfectly. i do safety pin the top and the bottom of the suit together, on the opposite side of the bag, lol. but ive always done that, keeps it from riding up
2. you can stay in as long as you want, i stayed in 6 hours once, and spend 2 or 3 hours in the hottub lots of times, get sure seals!!! those keep the wafer from getting wet! if you don't have those it will probably shorten your wear time, but your bag shouldnt just fall off! my thought with the hot tub is that since i use the hair dryer to make it stick better the hottub probably works the same. if you dont have a sure seal on, its very very important that you get the wafer all the way dry, so youdon't get the itchies!
3. tips? take some immodium before hand, will keep you from having to empty as much, also use the gel tabs, they will thicken the output and it makes it easier to handle. other than that, have fun!!! hit the water slides (yes thats ok) the diving board, the hot tub, lay out in the sun, and have a few drinks! :D
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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