Skiing with an ostomy?

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   Posted 11/19/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you do it?

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   Posted 11/19/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've come off my horses, and landed on every body part, way more times than I care to count, lol. Your stoma can take a lot, it bleeds easily, stops bleeding quickly, but isn't delicate.
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   Posted 11/19/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I've skied in the Rockies for about 25 years. Fell a LOT when I was learning. I mainly ski the black and the blue runs. Broke a finger when I jammed it falling and twisted my back lifting up my skis AND my kids skis (duh), but never hurt my stoma. You'll have a lot of layers of clothes on - although as a beginner you may sweat alot because you'll work pretty hard so make sure the inner layer wicks away perspiration or you'll get chilled. But the layers will help to pad your fall. Have fun!! Its great fun!

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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I know someone with an ileostomy who works as a ski patroller

See these pics

I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 11/23/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I say, go for it! I've been skiing since I was 5 and skied all the time when I lived in Colorado, and can say that it's very difficult to fall forward and land on your stomach with skis on. If you did fall, you would most likely land on your right or left side or on your butt. Be careful with your poles, though, because you could stick your pole into the snow in front of you and hit your stoma with the handle. As LP mentioned earlier, with all of the layers of clothing you would have on, your stoma would be well protected. It sounds like a fun trip, and I highly recommend skiing the Rockies!! :-)

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   Posted 11/25/2007 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always been very active and into sports. And i can say with complete honesty that I now do  many more active things than I did before my surgery. The only thing I stopped doing after my surgery was sleep on my stomach. Just try to keep the pouch as empty as you can , and by all means go skiing. I'm not much of a skier, but i know a lot of ostomates who are. Go for it!!!
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