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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: ostomy in the pool Reply with quote

well i have an ostomy pouch since october of 2012 the doctor told me in order to do the reversal i would have to lose almost 25lbs which is very very hard with holidays and life   anyway now we are approaching summer and i still have it   i am scared to put a bathing suit on and how do i go in the water  i have a pool and not haveing it get loose  and having fecis all in pool  never mind being embarrassed.  idk what to do    so scared
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi...I too have a pool and have an ileostomy the past 5 years. I wear my wafer/bag under my bathing suit and everything is just fine. I wear 2 piece tankini's that cover the wafer and just fold my bag so that it's not so visible from the outside. Sometimes I put the bag across my belly instead of down my leg. Anyway, I swim and shower all the time and have never had a problem with leakage or even breakdown of the wafer. Just today, my wafer/bag has been on for 7 days and that's with swimming and showering. Just try to hide the bag the best you can - and jump in and enjoy yourself. You'd be surprised to find out that others really can't see what you know is there. Oh, the tankini is because the top overlays the bottom and conceals the bulge more. Hope this might be of some help!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tinker and Green Eyed one..My folks own a home on a lake and have for 40 some years... I have always loved getting in the water and rafting etc... Since my reversal of my reversal of my ileostomy I haven't had the opportunity to go swimming with a bag..it's been weighing heavy on my mind (and stomach.HA)  Glad to hear there are no special tips to give on swimming in the pool/lake...
NOW.. here's a question..is it alright to go on roller coasters?  I want to take the Grandkiddies to a amusement park but also want to be able to go on the rides..is that possible do you think?  Without hurting the stoma?  
Now...here's another question... When I go to vacation spas this summer...can I go in the steam room, massage room, cold water room etc...Is it possible while wearing a bag... HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.. I know I'll have more for you later...
Here's another .. Would it be useful to take a probiotic or is that like closing the barn door after the horse got out? More to follow.  Thanks much.  yayaya
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yaya,  I just go back from a trip to Disneyland and had no issues going on any of the rides there, including rollercoasters.  Also, I've been in steam rooms and cold water rooms.  Haven't had a massage yet.  Our budget for massages is 100% allocated to my wife
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yaya wrote:
Glad to hear there are no special tips to give on swimming in the pool/lake...

I have read that it is advisable to wait until your stoma is dormant and the bag is empty before taking a dip. I have been in pools and heavy surf and never had a problem. Oh yes, never face a big wave head on and avoid body surfing at all costs. Have fun!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


I have had my ileostomy for 15 years and have gone in the pool, ocean, hot tub, sauna and steambath regularly ever since.  I also wear 2 piece tankini - both for better camouflage of the ostomy pouch and also easier access when you need to empty it.  I also wear a "swim wrap" a lycra band that covers the pouch so it doesn't peek out from the top of the swim suit bottom - makes buying a bathing suit much easier, since I don't have to find a style that's super high.  I also use the swim wrap when I go in the sauna or steambath, so I don't feel self-conscious or worry about keeping my towel over the pouch.  A word of warning- the high heat often reduces the length of wear time for the pouch, so that is something to keep in mind.  But definitely get out and enjoy the water!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YOU HAVE A POOL??? Lucky you - get in that pool Tinker ! All will be well.

I would live in the water if I could. Have also been to spas/hot baths with no problem.

I have used extra products sometimes (when it is hot) - Sure Ring Seal and then strips of brown tape (sorry, threw out the name ... ask your supplier) over the edge of the Seal.

When I'm in the water (not spa) a lot, I find that 3 days and I want to change my flange ... I usually get 7 with one bag change.

Hope that helps. And don't be scared about anyone 'seeing'. A tankini is my preferred suit ... making sure the bottoms are not high cut.

btw - I had the same thoughts initially as you ... but the fact (for me) is that now NO fecal matter gets into any water I am in. When I had UC ... bleeding, gas, stool leakage ... I wouldn't bet on it.

all the best to you and your goal of losing 25lbs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the information.  I have the cutest suit and can't wait to wear it!!! I guess I won't worry about water, swimming etc.  What about massages?  OK to lie on tummy?  Whatcha think?  Love to all... Jody
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get a full Swedish massage every 4 or so weeks. Just ask for the 'natal cushions'. They're the ones used for pregnant ladies who get massage and they work perfectly for ostomates on their  tummy ... the ostomy is in the indentation.

All the best to you ... and so glad you found a suit you like. Because let's face it ... for us gals THAT is the important thing.
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