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Showering with an ostomy

Wed May 25, 2022 10:22 pm
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DW wrote:

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...

It’s great showering with no pouch on. 👍

Thu May 26, 2022 6:49 am

every other day i have a bath with the water below the pouch because i like to soak my arthritic knees a bit ...i tie a  thin plastic hospital apron which i cut down around my waist to keep pouch fairly dry and i do shower of ....after the bath/shower and removing apron i do like other people pat dry, hair dryer and wrap a large size tissue under and over pouch which is held on by my underwear while the tissue takes care of the damp left on the pouch.

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Thu May 26, 2022 6:50 am

every other day i have a bath with the water below the pouch because i like to soak my arthritic knees a bit ...i tie a  thin plastic hospital apron which i cut down around my waist to keep pouch fairly dry and i do shower of ....after the bath/shower and removing apron i do like other people pat dry, hair dryer and wrap a large size tissue under and over pouch which is held on by my underwear while the tissue takes care of the damp left on the pouch.

Sun May 29, 2022 11:31 pm


Smokeshow wrote:

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

Hi and Happy Memorial Day!

I had my first operation last December ending up with an Ilesotomy and this past April the competion Proctectomy.  I've had 5 months to get use to it and it does take time.  You are new to this new normal for you and give yourself permission to be new and not know everything yet.  You'll get it soon enough and feeling so much better not being sick and having some freedom again.  Acceptance is key and if you remember that this is better than being homebound or hospitalbound, it helps the anxiousness of being new.

Some brands/adhesives are better then others but most do very well in the water (any water, lakes, oceans, etc.).  Like everyone else is mentioning, they dry well with a pat down.  

You can do it!  Take the time you need to adjust and learn, we all understand it's a huge adjustment!  Just imagine that first shower-it'll feel so wonderful!

Hang in there and thinking positive thoughts for you!

Colene

Mon May 30, 2022 1:23 am

Take the pouch off, shower, run around the house and see what happens. 👍 

Azdancer
Nurse
Sun Jun 05, 2022 12:31 pm

I shower with and without my pouch, never have a problem either way.


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RN, BHA
Sun Jun 05, 2022 8:59 pm

I used to use a plastic grocery bag wrapped around it when it was new, until I figured out that it's just no big deal. Like a lot of people on here have said! I will say that usually my hot shower tends to make my colon (what's left of it) active for some reason, so I end up having to change the bag right after I shower quite often. I do use an AquaSeal over the appliance and under the bag, which keeps the faceplate dry (I don't do it for the shower, but all the time anyway to keep the edges of the faceplate from rolling up).

Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:24 am

AS always, great advice from all. Time & patience's & you'll be a pro at it.

Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:31 am

I do exactly what Axl said. You’ll figure everything out. One day at a time, my friend. 

Mon Jun 06, 2022 5:48 pm

Hi, like Axl, I don't really do anything. I let the bag get wet. I do tape the sticky part of the bag down with Tegaderm (super thin film tape which comes in rolls of 2", 4" & 6", I use the 4") which does just what Axl says his solution does, keeps the edges from peeling up a little. I also leave the tape on until I change the whole appliance. Nice thing is it also can prevent a blow out by giving you more space for leaks. Oh, and it gets easier, just try products that look good, keep what works! I'm 6 months in now and finally finding my stride! Good luck.

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Mon Jun 06, 2022 6:06 pm

I haven’t seen it yet but I can’t gain weight and all together from the beginning of my surgery 18 months ago I’ve lost about 35-40 lbs and am down to 117 lbs and seems to get worse. What should I do? Thank you. All the messages that I’ve seen are amazing!

Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:47 pm

Six years in with an ileostomy and I shower with the pouch on or off, depending if it's bag day.
If the pouch is waterproof on the inside it must be on the outside as well.

Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:07 pm

I use Press and Seal.  I burp all the air out of my bag, put press N seal above my bag, fold bag in half, press on sides and below bag.  I still shower pretty quick and I try to keep water from running constantly on my bag but for me it works great.  I was only showering on change day until I learned about this and now I shower every night and I'm so happy!! Not everything works for everyone the same way, this works beautifully for me.

Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:38 pm

I use coloplast products opaque bags and just like a water proof tent water rolls off and towel dry everything including bag its dry by the time ya redress and if not a short blast of warm air from hair dryer does the trick....shower on friend I do it everyday 😉😁

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