Can you swim with an ostomy?

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   Posted 6/21/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who are new and are wondering if you can go swimming this summer, the answer is YES!! smilewinkgrin We got a pool about a week ago, and I've been swimming every day (sometimes twice a day) and showering afterward, and my wafer has stayed on for 7 days! I wear the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear Wafer #2833 and love how waterproof it is. So, stay cool this summer, and enjoy swimming in the pool, lake, beach, or waterpark!
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 6/21/2011 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
You lucky duck to get a pool!!!

I love to swim. 7 days has never happened to me. What good of luck!! I thought it was the swimming that made it shorter wear time. Maybe it's the running and sweating.

Everyone is so different.

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   Posted 6/21/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Cece!! You will definitely be the tanned blonde bombshell now :) !! Bet the babies would love to take a dip in it too!
CD diagnosed in 1979. Ileo in 1984. No recurrence of CD! Some issues with adhesions still.
Husband diagnosed with ALS March 2008 - taking one day at a time, enjoying our time together.

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   Posted 6/22/2011 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats, that's amazing...... when my butt wound finally heals, the first thing on my list is going swimming. It's great to know that so many have no trouble....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 6/22/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I swim every day with my daughter, it is the most wonderful feeling to be able to do normal things and at the same time have energy to do them!!!
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