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Axl
Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:51 am
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I've been hearing a bit about this lately on here and thinking about it for a while and today was the day, bag off and Into the shower, and yes it felt awesome. As I have a ileo I was a bit concerned about how to quickly get dried off without leaking,  but it went well. I think I stayed in the shower for 15 minutes I was enjoying it that much ... Will I do it again, not until I work out how to go from wet to dry without risk, but I'm glad I tried it out, was a great feeling.

Axl

Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:24 am

Glad to hear that!

I've been showering bagless since forever. I have an ileo and a uro. I put new bags on while standing in the shower after I've washed. Sometimes I get lucky and don't make much mess, with the urostomy, I can't really stop it dripping, but with my ileostomy, I've found that window of inactivity, for me, it's always in the morning, 1 hour after waking up, and before eating anything.  You just gotta find your groove Axl, I realise not everyone can do this due to time restraints, but I'm retired, and have lots of time. I shower bagless, and change both my bags every 3 days, always dealing with the urostomy first, to avoid any cross contamination.    Just find the best time of day or night that works best for you, when your ileostomy is quiet. 

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Tue Jun 28, 2022 10:37 am

Nothing more refreshing than having your bag off and having the water run over your body. Been doing it for 12 years. 

Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:25 am

I have been showering bag free for over 20 years. Using a simple product called "Stoma Cup" which is a small plastic cup you use with a small ostomy belt. If you put it on after showering while drying off. It will catch your output for the few minutes while you're drying off. Works fine, very rarely does my output exceed the volume of the cup. Just dump it in toilet and rinse out for next time. Doesn't get in the way of toweling off either.

Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:16 pm


Two bags wrote:

Glad to hear that!

I've been showering bagless since forever. I have an ileo and a uro. I put new bags on while standing in the shower after I've washed. Sometimes I get lucky and don't make much ...

You are my ostomate hero !  Next time I’m feeling sorry for myself cause I have to wear a bag

I will definitely remember you having to deal with 2 of them.  Thanks for sharing.

Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:25 pm

For me, a morning shower is best as my stoma (ileostomy) still seems to be sleeping and I have not had anything to eat or drink for several hours.  Once I turn the shower off I place a tissue on my stoma while I dry myself.  Enjoy those many minutes in the shower with no bag!!!

Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:48 pm

oh man it's a great feeling ain't it...do it once a week my preparation is as follows get bag cut sized and all supplies ready on the counter, included folded paper towels....I undress dump peel and enjoy for as long as my hot water tank last lol.... getting out use paper towel to dry stoma area and the fold paper towel secure with tape and dry off real good then do the ileostomy thing once dried of and all in place for extra security I blast bag flange with hair dryer and dress away.....easy peasy....shower always with bag but to have my weekly no bag time.....shower on bagless my friend adapt conquer overcome!!!!

Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:37 pm

Welcome to the club Axl.  Isn't it great!?

Tue Jun 28, 2022 6:30 pm

Hello AXL, A new product out might help you called Stoma genie. You can read about it and make your decision yourself. Best of luck buddy.

do

Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:26 pm


Two bags wrote:

Glad to hear that!

I've been showering bagless since forever. I have an ileo and a uro. I put new bags on while standing in the shower after I've washed. Sometimes I get lucky and don't make much ...

I like your idea of replacing the back whilst still in the shower. It would help drying without and problems. I would put the wafer on first thou, as it would not stick when wet. Great idea.

Wed Jun 29, 2022 3:32 pm

A tip that works for me is to put a piece of toilet paper, three squares, doubled, over my stoma the moment I get out of the shower.  Then, if any output occurs while I'm drying off, I can usually catch it in time and it's absorbed before it becomes a mess.  It covers the area around my stoma too, and starts the drying process.  Also, I have everything I need to make the change ready, flange on the pouch cut to size, mirror, extra tissue, all laid out.

Terry

Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:17 pm


delgrl525 wrote:

A tip that works for me is to put a piece of toilet paper, three squares, doubled, over my stoma the moment I get out of the shower.  Then, if any output occurs while I'm drying off, I can usually...

Ditto !👍

Sun Jul 03, 2022 3:25 pm

I go bagless once a week, in the morning. I have a couple cups of coffee, wait a couple hours get my equipment ready on the counter remove the tape I seal the barrier with, and jump in wash from top down, when I finish I put a towel around my waist, use a hair dryer to heat the disc, I usually get it on before anything happens, tape it down attach by bag, it's Hollister 2 piece, and I'm good to go, my insurance will allow 1 change per week, I use the protective wipes on my skin, if I don't the bag will fail before the days out. 

Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:24 am

I shower bag less as well.  My stoma nurse told me to put a square of toilet paper over my stoma to catch the possible leaks.  I tend to shower late or before I eat anything. Then it won't be real active. 

Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:54 am

Took me a while to go bagless in the shower, but now I do it all the time. One thing is I feel I'd like the skin to be exposed to natural water and air for at least a few minutes in the day! Luckily my stoma seems well housetrained - usually very little appears in the morning hours. But occasionally there is activity and if I don't happen to catch it with toilet roll or kitchen roll (more likely), well, there's always what someone on Reddit called "the ole waffle-stomp"! I had to LOL when I read that. It's all going to the same place anyway. But I have learned to do a very detailed look around my shower (I've got one of those "wetroom" affairs, the previous tenant was disabled) before I leave. And I have also learned to do a doubly detailed look around when I use someone else's bathroom - in that case I don't go bagless, BTW.

Mon Jul 04, 2022 2:56 pm


Panor wrote:

I have been showering bag free for over 20 years. Using a simple product called "Stoma Cup" which is a small plastic cup you use with a small ostomy belt. If you put it on after showering while dry...

Where did you get this Stoma Cup ?   Are you able to order it online, or do they have them in drug stores ? Sounds like a very interesting way to take a shower in the altogether like it use to be.  Thanks for any info 

Tue Jul 05, 2022 8:30 am

Company called RCS 1-419-358-8003

http://www.RCS company.com

Believe me, the simplest, effortless way with no mess, no fuss. BTW I have no involvement in the company, just a long time happy user. 


Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:29 am

I always shower with the two bags off. I tend to sense if the Ileostomy is going to start being active, so I hold on until it feels comfy. Although admitted a few times it caught me out over the years.

I then deal with the Urostomy first when I come out of the shower as no idea when it will decide to drip drip, then I deal with the Ileostomy. I do have a a small towel at hand ready to cover one or the other if they get active.

I am fairly speedy though once out of the shower to get them both done and dusted. :)

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