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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Slice's last topic made me think about my newest behavior of checking my bag.  I wear scrubs at work so it's pretty obvious (to others) when my bag gets full.  So, I have this obsessive compulsive ritual of patting my right side...just to check.  Check, check, check.
Diagnosed Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  
Subtotal Colectomy w/ Ileostomy May 16, 2007.
I'm off the meds!!  

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/5/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
i do that sometimes, the first time i did it in public, i thought, oh lord people are gonna think i am trying to feel myself! but now i don't do it that much anymore, and when i am work i ususally forget about it, if i am busy. But i do check it every 30 minutes or so. But i can see that in scrubs it would show more, have you tried weariing one of those belly things? They are like a tube top sort of and you wear them around your bag, and it holds it down some. I wear jeans to work, and pants or jeans pretty much everywhere, or shorts, so they are kind of tight against it.
I am OCD about the end, not quite as bad as a i was, but for a while i would open and close it over and over, just to make sure it was ok, and i would check whre the pieces snap together all the time too!

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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear jeans alot and find that I put my hand in my pocket to check the fullness status. Sometimes I wonder if people think I'm playing pocket pool, and I'm a woman, lol. I recently had my stoma moved from the left side to the right, and I still find myself checking the left side and am surprised when there's nother there.

Okay, I'm studying to be a nurse, and thought "hiding" an ostomy would be easy under scrubs. Why does it show more. Of course, I would probably buy the tops that are XXL just so they hang low, lol. Do they make maternity scrub tops? They should hang low enough to cover everything.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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