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Minnie loves the water and air!

Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:58 pm
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So as of lately it has been exactly one year I have had my urostomy that has saved my life from bladder cancer. I've been so afraid to change up my daily routines but with a year looking in my rear view mirror I have been enjoying 2 or 3 times a week taking my shower and removing my appliance after I do my hair and after I wash up! So as not to get any lotions on Minnie! 
I remove my pouch as I am getting ready to end my shower, I then proceed to put on my shower wrap towel and let Minnie have air time all to herself!  I will now do makeup and then my hair..... I start my latte, and then proceed to hit

my bed because that is where I am comfortable cleaning and applying my appliance. I like to use my adjustable bed.... it's been so freeing after a year to let her air out and yes.... twice she twinkled 💦on my foot in the bathroom. But she is goood🤷🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else have any routines they care to share? Or is there anything I'm doing wrong?

thanks!💫



Last edited by mikamouse on Sun Jan 09, 2022 6:57 pm; edited 2 times in total
Sun Jan 09, 2022 6:32 pm

I haven't taken mine off in the shower yet. I do let it air out for awhile before applying a new bag, feels pretty good and it has to be good for your skin.

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Sun Jan 09, 2022 6:59 pm


AlexT wrote:

I haven't taken mine off in the shower yet. I do let it air out for awhile before applying a new bag, feels pretty good and it has to be good for your skin.

Awh, you gotta try it.... it's like Christmas morning!! 😁

Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:16 pm

One of these days.....👍

Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:54 am

Hello mikamouse.

It sounds as if you are approaching this matter in a sensible manner and trying things a bit at a time as you feel more confident. 

I started out that way and gradually added more and more things to my daily routine. Nowadays I am back to what I CONSIDERED 'NORMAL' BEFORE!  I soak in the bath every morning and love it. Very occasionally there is a small 'accident', but that can happen anywhere at anytime, so I just accept it as a possibility and a price worth paying for living how I would wish. I think there is a a cliche that goes something like 'Dont' sweat the small stuff'. This seems to be fairly sound advice if we want to live our live to the maximum. 

Best wishes

Bill

Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:24 am


Bill wrote:

Hello mikamouse.

It sounds as if you are approaching this matter in a sensible manner and trying things a bit at a time as you feel more confident. 

I started out that way and gradually added mo...

Yes, exactly! I now use it as "my time" and this is how I have to live now!🤷🏼‍♀️ And I enjoy every moment


Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:13 am

I  take mine ( Ileo )  off before the shower . I find it helps to shave the whole area after I was off any residual sticky from the  wafer .  Shaving with a rehular razor  I get a very smooth finish  which helps the wafer  stick really well .  I l  let the soapy shampoo water run all over it and   just stand undef the water  and let it flow . The hot water really rejuvinates my skin  . Feels so good to leave the bag off fot  a while .

Enjoy the temporary relief .

Eamon .

Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:15 pm

Hi Mika,  On change day, I always take my pouch off before I shower.  It feels great to let my stoma breathe and I can get it really clean with lots of soap and water, then rinse very thoroughly.  Sometimes, if my timing isn't quite right, I'll have some output come out, but it just goes down to drain, so no worries. I think it's good for my skin to give it that break from confinement!  There are those who willsay not to use soap on the parastomal skin.  All I know is that for me, to really get my skin dry before appyling a new pouch, it works best if the skin has been cleaned with soap and water, as long as you rinse really well.  If you don't use soap, the natural oils in your skin will prevent your skin from being as dry as possible.  This is how I get the longest wear time.  But yeah, letting that skin breathe is great!

Terry

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