Mollie~Glad things are going so well with your ileo...many name their stoma's but it's not mandatory!! I think I named mine when he was being bad during a change
Yes, you can rinse your pouch out. It's really a personal choice and I haven't heard of any problems with doing so!
As far as swimming...I don't change anything. I wear the same appliance (Coloplast Assura Extended Wear) when I am in the water. Yes, you can change to a smaller pouch (if you wear a two piece) to go swimming but again, it's personal choice! I do use Sure Seals to get a little more wear time from my wafer but it's just what I found that works for me
Many ostomates find their 'preferred' methods by trial and error. Personally, I've gone through many stages including changing my pouch on a daily basis, using pouch deodorants and changing the pouch sizes for different activities! There really is no right or wrong...if you think you'd like something, try it, if you don't...at least you gave it a shot
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
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!