Starting back to work in 2 weeks, emergency kit?

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 8/2/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Friends-
When I think about starting back to work (I am a teacher), I wonder what I will need to have with me to help me deal with emergencies.  Do you keep a complete travel type kit with you at all times?  Skin wafer, paste, deodorizer, pouch?  A change of underwear and pants?  I've only been out of the house a couple times since surgery and I'm just wondering what I will want to have with me at all times...
total permanent ileostomy due to UC on July 13
trying to get it all figured out

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 8/2/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a teacher too! Yes, if you are going to be out of the house for an extended period of time it is a great idea to keep a complete travel kit with you.  My ET nurse gave me a little Hollister bag that came with scissors and some little garbage bags.  We added paste, a wafer, a pouch and skin prep to it and I always bring it with me if i'm going out for a while. 

If you've only been out of the house a few times I would suggest going out more often just to get used to being out with a bag.  That way when you do start working you will feel more comfortable and probably less self-conscious about having an ileostomy. When I went back to work at learning centre that I have taught at off and on over the past 3 years (only my bosses know about my surgery) and was able to be there without anyone knowing or suspecting that I have an ostomy my confidence really began to build. It helped me realize that I can adapt to having this ostomy for a little while.  Mine is not permanent but I will have it until at least December.  Good luck to you!


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