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Tue May 24, 2022 7:46 am
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Hello everyone....I am new to all this(2weeks) and was wondering how everyone keeps their wafer dry while showering. I'm sure this has been asked a bunch...any tips or tricks would be appreciated.

Thanks

Tue May 24, 2022 7:54 am

Hi Smokeshow, I ordered one of these Shower Guards. Works great to keep everything dry. Empoweryourchange.net.

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Axl
Tue May 24, 2022 8:01 am

Hi smoke

I don't do anything, get in get out, pat the bag down with a towel to get the bulk of the water off then hit it with the hair dryer, two - three minutes tops.

I do use one piece of Brava elastic tape C shape, cut in half, one half on the top and the other half at the bottom as a precaution as the water can make the bag peel off a little at the top sometimes, but the tape is not just for the shower I use it all the time.

Axl

Tue May 24, 2022 8:52 am


SallyK wrote:

Hi Smokeshow, I ordered one of these Shower Guards. Works great to keep everything dry. Empoweryourchange.net.

Thanks Sally for the link as well😊

Tue May 24, 2022 8:52 am


Axl wrote:

Hi smoke

I don't do anything, get in get out, pat the bag down with a towel to get the bulk of the water off then hit it with the hair dryer, two - three minutes tops.

I do use one piece of Brava...

Thanks Axl. Appreciate the response.

Tue May 24, 2022 9:08 am


Smokeshow wrote:

Thanks Sally for the link as well😊

Hakuna Matata 😊

Tue May 24, 2022 10:21 am

I do just like Axl…..wash, rinse, towel dry, and then a blow dryer for a couple minutes.

Tue May 24, 2022 11:25 am

 When I first got my ileostomy I was sooo concerned about my daily shower.  I would wrap Saran Wrap around my belly to protect the pouch from water.  Turned out the stoma nurse said no need and also showering without the pouch is great for my skin.  I was under the impression showering poor Seymour (my stoma’s name) might drown him! 🤣 Turns out it was the best advice ever.  I change my pouch every other day so I shower with pouch on every other day.  I also swim for at least 1 hour every day and have never had any issues/or leaks regarding water drenched adhesive or pouch.  I merely pat dry and I am on my way.  I have on occasion used the hair dryer to dry it but find that task unnecessary.   My pouch is a one piece Convatec #22771.  My only complaint is that it makes “crinklie noises.  Here’s a picture for your viewing pleasure.  I hate being bogged down by “parts and pieces “ and I frequently hear Jimmy Buffett (Six String Music song) whispering in my ear “keep it simple stupid” - that’s me!!!
Many lessons are learned on this web-site and I am thankful to have found it!  Keep smilin’

 

Tue May 24, 2022 11:31 am

I just turn my back to the shower head, which is detachable.  I cleanse my chest with a soapy shower gel, then wipe it off with a washcloth.  With one of those soft spongy things on a stick, and the shower gel, I get the rest of me, spritzing off by removing the shower head and spraying everywhere but directly on my pouch.  The pouch gets a bit wet in the process, but I just pat it dry and dry around where it meets my body.  Oh, and I also whistle a lot while I'm doing it.

Tue May 24, 2022 11:54 am


Justbreathe wrote:

 When I first got my ileostomy I was sooo concerned about my daily shower.  I would wrap Saran Wrap around my belly to protect the pouch from water.  Turned out the stoma nurse said no need and ...

Yeah, the Saran Wrap thing was worthless IMO. The only advantage it may have is to keep water from hitting the bag directly. But from my numerous tries, my bag would still get wet to some extent.

Tue May 24, 2022 12:17 pm

Hi Guys...& Dolls 🤪...I just forget that it's there and don't worry about it . I use Micropore tape ( all the time ) on the four sides so water doesn't get to the Sticky bits . As others have said just pat it down with a dry towel . The heat of the water on the wafer actually makes it softer and stick even better .  I had a long learning curve , was afraid at first but never had a problem being totally immersed , Ocean, pool or shower .  Magoo ☘

Tue May 24, 2022 12:42 pm


Mayoman wrote:

Hi Guys...& Dolls 🤪...I just forget that it's there and don't worry about it . I use Micropore tape ( all the time ) on the four sides so water doesn't get to the Sticky bits . As others have sa...

I'm not ready for the fully submerged. Baby steps..lol

Tue May 24, 2022 12:47 pm


Smokeshow wrote:

I'm not ready for the fully submerged. Baby steps..lol

2 weeks is very early on.  Baby steps for sure.  I've had my colostomy since March 2020 but I'm still learning. 😊

Tue May 24, 2022 1:12 pm

     Welcome to the “cool kids” club Smokeshow. Go easy on yourself these first few months. You have lots of healing, and plenty of learning to do. This is a great place for advice, friendship, and comedic relief. ❤️

Tue May 24, 2022 1:28 pm


RaenotRay wrote:

     Welcome to the “cool kids” club Smokeshow. Go easy on yourself these first few months. You have lots of healing, and plenty of learning to do. This is a great place for advice, friendsh...

There’s comedy? 

Tue May 24, 2022 1:37 pm

Hello Smokeshow.

I'm sorry I cannot answer your question  directly, as I usually have a long soak in the bath each morning and I DON'T WEAR  A BAG for this.  It may sound like a 'risky' business, but in practice  I have only had a couple of occasions in about twenty years where I've had output during this process. Even then, it was easier to clean up than a leaky bag. So, I CONTINUE WITH THE BATHING, AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE.  For me, living with a stoma should not mean that we cannot enjoy life and try to carry on with what we want to do without the stoma dictating otherwise.

I am a firm believer in experimenting to see what we can get away with and what we would be well-advised to avoid. We are all different, so this is a process of personal trial and (sometimes) error. I tend to keep count of the number of times I get away with stuff and compare it with the number of times things go wrong.  This gives me confidence because invariably nothing untoward happens most of the time. However, sometimes things go wrong when I AM NOT DOING ANYTHING 'RISKY'!  So, who's to say whether taking risks is any more 'risky' than  living what people euphemistically call 'a normal life'.

Best wishes

Bill   

Tue May 24, 2022 1:41 pm

Sorry Smokeshow !   Two weeks in really in the Newborn Stage !!  👼. Yea , give it a bit of time . It'll just become a pain in the ass rather than a source on unending stress ! Different Stomas have different habits so when you get to see how it operates on a daily basis you will be more comfortable. 

    One headsup ...eat Steak sparingly ( IMHO) , it is hard / slow to digest and can get backed up . If you wolf down a steak and spuds , dessert etc etc it can lead to the universally feared Blockage . Been there , done that and got a week in hospital as the top Prize !!!  Small amounts frequently is the way to go , I think the 🥰Crew 🥰   will agree 👍 . Just ask and you will receive . Take care .

Magoo ☘

Tue May 24, 2022 1:53 pm


Mayoman wrote:

Sorry Smokeshow !   Two weeks in really in the Newborn Stage !!  👼. Yea , give it a bit of time . It'll just become a pain in the ass rather than a source on unending stress ! Different Stoma...

Don’t tell my intestines that about steak. 😬😁

Tue May 24, 2022 2:31 pm

Like Axl said, I’ve been using the Brava elastic tape. I put it them on right when I do a bag change, and just keep them on until the next bag change. Like everyone else says, just pat dry the bag afterwards and you’re good to go. So far so good!

Tue May 24, 2022 2:33 pm

I was the same way at first .. I would try and  keep my bag out of the water.. one day I wanted to see how much it would hold up with water and in the shower and it didn't budge I shower with it on or off.. it will be second nature for you and become a part of you that it will just do it without thinking about it. Best advice see what it does in the shower how it hold up and you will know  if you can shower fine or if you need a puch cover. Hope it helps and also welcome 😁

Tue May 24, 2022 3:06 pm

Here is member xnine's video on making a shower curtain for your ostomy. 😊

Tue May 24, 2022 3:28 pm


RaenotRay wrote:

     Welcome to the “cool kids” club Smokeshow. Go easy on yourself these first few months. You have lots of healing, and plenty of learning to do. This is a great place for advice, friendsh...

Thanks Rae....great advice

Tue May 24, 2022 3:31 pm


Beth22 wrote:

I was the same way at first .. I would try and  keep my bag out of the water.. one day I wanted to see how much it would hold up with water and in the shower and it didn't budge I shower with it o...

Appreciate the help Beth...🙂

Tue May 24, 2022 3:51 pm


AlexT wrote:

There’s comedy? 

     It’s either laugh or cry at this point. 😂 You are always a serious one though Alex. 🙄

Tue May 24, 2022 4:20 pm

Hi Smokeshow, Welcome to the site!  I shower with my pouch on with no problem at all.  I soap it up and rinse it off just like the rest of me.  I pat it dry with the towel, and then a minute or two with the blow dryer, and good to go. On 'change day' I shower after removing it, so my stoma has a chance to really breathe and get a good soaping and rinsing.  

Terry

Wed May 25, 2022 1:04 am

Welcome to the site I just wash, rinse, towel dry never had a problem. Best wishes.

Wed May 25, 2022 2:25 am


Mayoman wrote:

Sorry Smokeshow !   Two weeks in really in the Newborn Stage !!  👼. Yea , give it a bit of time . It'll just become a pain in the ass rather than a source on unending stress ! Different Stoma...

Thanks  Magoo!

Wed May 25, 2022 8:54 am

I meant that some foods like Steak have a long  Half-Life in your Gut , especially in the early days . Your Small Intestine is learning how to be a Hybrid of  Colon & Small Intestine  at the beginning . I eat Steak and Love it but my Belly has had a long time to adjust . My early days were consumed by my wide open full belly incision ( 9 months to heal )  so food for me in the first year was limited . I was afraid my Guts would spill out of the wound , (just the deep stitches were left intact ) every time I took a mouthfull of food !!   So easy on the hard to digest stuff  until the Belly function adjusts . 

    Keeping the bag on and washing it as some said is a good idea. Even a tiny bit of the Liquid Shite  left on the outside ( splashes etc ) will really stink , very potent stuff !! So washing it while wearing it is a good idea ! 👍☘ Magoo .

Wed May 25, 2022 2:55 pm


Mayoman wrote:

I meant that some foods like Steak have a long  Half-Life in your Gut , especially in the early days . Your Small Intestine is learning how to be a Hybrid of  Colon & Small Intestine  at the beg...

That is another reason I shower with my pouch on.  There is always the chance of a bit of splash back, and it can go unnoticed.  I only change my pouch every six days, and I work out three times a week.  I sweat of course, and naturally the pouch is going to absorb some of that sweat.  I just wouldn't feel clean if I didn't wash my pouch along with the rest of me when I shower.

Terry

DW
Wed May 25, 2022 10:01 pm

Hi there,

I shower with the pouch on. When I get out I Pat it dry and use the blow dryer for a quick minute. Never has been a problem. I’m thinking about trying to shower without pouch soon. You will gain confidence once you do it and nothing bad happens😀. Good luck!

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