Angel Baby said...
You my not be able to go swimming, but you can watch them and participate in other ways with them.
Yep, you most definitely can go swimming :) I was in the pool swimming a month after my ileo op - but then I was a kid and kids tend to be more resiliant than adults after a surgery like this and more ready to try new things sooner lol. Give yourself time and you'll do it.
A lot of people like to picture frame their wafer with waterproof tape to help stop water affecting it. Others like to use a hairdryer on it's lowest setting to dry the wafer after swimming. Others, like me, do nothing special at all and just go swimming. You'll find a way that works best for you if you really want to do something :)
As for the bag feeling dirty on you, a lot of new ostomates feel that way. As time goes on and you become more confident, you'll start forgetting you even wear a bag. The only time I think about mine now is when it's time to empty.
The noise is my biggest bug bear. Usually, I just laugh it off and say I'm hungry and that it's my tummy rumbling - after all, the noise is coming from the front of me and there is no tell-tale odour to give the game away :) At other times, ie work where everyone knows I have an ostomy, I just look at my tummy and say 'shhhhh' and then everyone just ignores it or laughs.
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!