1. No one has ever told me, in the hospital or on here, that it's ok to use water and clean out your bag. I have been doing this with no adverse reactions for over 6 weeks. It's so nice to have a clean bag. I am still trying different bagging systems, 1 and 2 piece. Convex seems to work best for me. I have noted that the filter doesn't work after getting wet?
Rinsing is a personal choice. For me, I don't bother rinsing because 2 minutes later my bag is going to be dirty again so, in my opinion, it's a fruitless exercise BUT you do what you feel comfortable with. Some people say the water erodes the wafer a bit, others say it doesn't make a difference.
Filters ARE useless after getting wet! One day they'll invent one that works hopefully :)
2. I have a pool and wonder what you swimmers think is the best bag. I seem to have family and friends always here, and I DO love the water. Is there a small bag? It seems I want to change a lot since I am in the water. I don't seem to have a lot of problems with my skin and adhesive.
I wear a one piece and so can't change bag sizes at whim. I swim regularly during summer and just wear my regular mid sized bag. Just wear a bathing suit with a ruffle or a splash of colour over the stoma site and no one will know it's there. I wear mine across my tummy pointing towards my groin area so it all fits neatly inside my bathing suit.
If in doubt as to whether your current set up is up to the job, try soaking in a bathtub for 1/2 hour or so and see how it does.
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.
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Post Edited (Shaz032) : 6/14/2011 5:39:43 AM (GMT-6)