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Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:05 pm
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Hi, I just recently went back to work. I work retail, so close up with customers. I would appreciate any tips on how to make sure my stoma is quiet during work hours.

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Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:12 pm

Duct tape her mouth shut. 😁 Of course taking the tape off might not feel very good and God only knows how much will come out as soon as you rip the tape off. 😮 If you seal her up, do you then burp in front of customers as the air has to get out somehow? 🤔 😁 You could easily put either thick fabric or a piece of neoprene into the pocket of the wraps that I use or I believe there's belts that hold your bag with a neoprene piece to go over your stoma area. 

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Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:15 pm


AlexT wrote:

Duct tape her mouth shut. 😁 Of course taking the tape off might not feel very good and God only knows how much will come out as soon as you rip the tape off. 😮 If you seal her up, do you then...

I had to look  neoprene up. LOL Good idea. What kind of wraps do you use?

Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:19 pm

The ones from Ostomysecrets. They have a pocket(actually 2 if someone has 2 bags) to hold your bag. It would be very easy to slide a piece of heavy fleece or whatever type of fabric you want inside the wrap and on top of your stoma 


Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:21 pm


AlexT wrote:

The ones from Ostomysecrets. They have a pocket(actually 2 if someone has 2 bags) to hold your bag. It would be very easy to slide a piece of heavy fleece or whatever type of fabric you want inside...

Thank you so much. That is a great idea. 👍



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Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:39 pm

Do not eat big meal berore or during work and avoid food that causes gas. 


Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:46 pm


AL wrote:

Do not eat big meal berore or during work and avoid food that causes gas. 

Thanks AL. 😀 Yes I am hardly eating in the daytime now. Trying to drink lots of tea though.

I am starving when I get home after work though. LOL

Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:55 pm

Nothing, it does what it wants when it wants. I use a tummy sleve from a maternity shop.


Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:57 pm


xnine wrote:

Nothing, it does what it wants when it wants. I use a tummy sleve from a maternity shop.

Good idea...thanks!

Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:08 pm

No high fat or high sugar foods or milk products during or before work.  Keep your meals while working simple and small..cereal bar, bread, tuna, string cheese, small amounts of hard candy, crackers..tea or water.


Fri Jan 21, 2022 5:51 am


Maried wrote:

No high fat or high sugar foods or milk products during or before work.  Keep your meals while working simple and small..cereal bar, bread, tuna, string cheese, small amounts of hard candy, cracke...

Thanks for the tips. 

Sun Jan 23, 2022 12:36 pm

Hi! I have two jobs on Customer Service, I always bring PoopUrri spray on my pocket just if I need to go to empty my bag. Try to eat before your shift and avoid gassy good like dairy or onion. 


Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:00 pm


nelajimenez wrote:

Hi! I have two jobs on Customer Service, I always bring PoopUrri spray on my pocket just if I need to go to empty my bag. Try to eat before your shift and avoid gassy good like dairy or onion. 

Thanks so much 😊

Mon Jan 24, 2022 6:21 pm

Hi Sunflower111. I use two "mufflers" (https://www.stealthbelt.com/muffle-stoma-noise) underneath a Comfizz (https://comfizz.com/collections/waistbands) cloth wrap over my bag when I am going to be in close proximaty to people. These do a pretty good job of minimizing "noise", lol.

Good Luck!


Mon Jan 24, 2022 6:31 pm


TXSteve wrote:

Hi Sunflower111. I use two "mufflers" (https://www.stealthbelt.com/muffle-stoma-noise) underneath a Comfizz (https://comfizz.com/collections/waistbands) cloth wrap over my bag when I am going to b...

Oh thank you... I will check it out. 😊

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