Taking Bath w/o Appliance and Submerging Stoma?

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RiddleMeThis
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   Posted 7/6/2011 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and keeping cool!
 
I have had my temporary ileostomy for almost a year now.  I have not taken a bath since my ostomy. I know it's okay to shower, bathe and swim with you appliance on, but is it okay without an appliance?  Basically, I will be house sitting for several days and they have a whirlpool tub :)  I was thinking I may want to try it out.  So is it okay to sit in a bathtub, water completely submerging the stoma, without an appliance?  I really don't know, so I would love some advice!
 
An obvious problem would be the output making the water all gross, but is there anything else I should be concerned about?  I also should mention that I have pyoderma grangrenosum around my stoma that is currently improving.
 
I thank you all advance for your help!  Everyone here is wonderful! :)

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/7/2011 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
It won't do you any harm but as you point out, there's the 'gross' factor in that your stoma is likely to spurt into the water so you're sitting in poop! I wouldn't like it!
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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2b ColonFree
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   Posted 7/7/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah it's kinda problematic and although sitting in a bath w/o the appliance on sounds really nice to me too, i wouldn't like sitting in poopy water :p

BUT, i do have a slow small intestine and my stoma can go for hours w/o dripping a single drop.
Hodaya
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colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

blueglass
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   Posted 7/7/2011 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have seen ads for some caps you can put on a stoma to take a bath without the appliance. That would reduce the gross factor...... I haven't tried one, though. I take baths all the time w/the bag, doesn't bother me. If it has some air in it, it's like a built in bath toy.
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

80sChick
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   Posted 7/7/2011 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, other than the poop, you'll be fine. Think about it...it's just water. You drink water and that goes in your intestines! You're fine.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

blueglass
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   Posted 7/7/2011 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Whirlpoop tub -- LOL.....

I like taking showers w/out the appliance.... w/the marshmallows and good timing, not that much comes out.... feels like a treat to be really naked....
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

windy city
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   Posted 7/8/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, I was too like Ron, completely against  not having my appliance on in the shower.  I so missed a good shower.  Finally, 2 months ago (8 months post op) in the later part of the morning when my output is nothing, I took a shower without the appliance.  It was the most liberating, wonderful feeling to be naked again, letting the water hit my back & front.  Something so small meant the world to me!  Had to then tell my friends, even my doctor...what little things that never crosses our minds we take for granted!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/8/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My stoma isn't active in the morning before breakfast, so I like to shower without the wafer/pouch on wafer changing days. I've never taken a bath that way, because I prefer showers, but it wouldn't hurt your stoma if you tried it. With peristalsis, everything moves in one direction -out- so it won't suck water in, if that's you're concern. I recommend giving it a try in the morning before you've had something eat, so there's less chance of it being active. :-)
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.

Blueheron
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   Posted 7/8/2011 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't want to sit in water with my stoma outputting, but if your stoma is quiet, I don't think it would hurt anything.

At first, I thought it would be gross to take a shower without my appliance on because of the output factor. But then I did it and it felt so wonderful that now I look forward to appliance changing days for this reason. Yeah, it outputs a little sometimes, but it goes right down the drain. I have definitely gotten less squeamish about poop since getting an ileostomy. I mean, it isn't toxic waste or anything. Nothing a little soap and water won't take care of. I just rinse the tub when I am done.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

B'Dereh
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   Posted 7/11/2011 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually my stoma doesn't do anythign until around 11 or 12, so I just enjoy the shower as a moment when I can be free of the appliance and can look at my body without seeing this bag. But today it was very active in the shower and ... well since I'm being personal I#ll just say I ate a lot of vegetables last night. It didn't bother me very much because what comes out of my stoma never smells like poo, more like the food it used to be. I'm so used to things like that happeneing that I just cleaned up the tub and got on with the morning.
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