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I always seem to have trouble with my seatbelt. It always feels tight so I am always pulling at it to make it looser on me. 馃檮 I was googling to see what other ostomates do. Here is what I have so far:

路 聽 聽 聽 Use a headrest around your stoma, under the seatbelt, with the opening facing down (so output can still travel to the bottom of your pouch without being blocked). This is kind of bulky, but it can provide some relief.

路 聽 聽 聽 Take a towel, your jacket, or some other flexible but somewhat thick item to place between your seatbelt and your body, giving your ostomy some room to breathe.

路 聽 聽 聽 Place a clothespin near the retraction slot to relieve tension on the belt (suggested by UOAA)

路 聽 聽 聽 There鈥檚 an accessory made specifically for this purpose. OCC Seatbelt Protector by the Ostomy Clothing Company.

(I鈥檓 not sure if these seatbelt adjustments are legal, so please drive at your own risk if you choose to modify your seatbelt.) 馃殫

I would love to hear what others do. 馃槉

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I put the seatbelt on and drive. 馃し鈥嶁檪锔

 

I use a clip similar to the one pictured鈥.it doesn鈥檛 really loosen the belt but it does allow me to move it so the belt doesn鈥檛 interfere with Vesuvius. 聽There may be a way to 鈥淢acGyver鈥 it to keep the belt from pulling tight. 聽I鈥檇 go check it out for you but it鈥檚 dark and cold out there - where it鈥檚 currently 63 degrees馃ザ. jb聽

 
Reply to Justbreathe

Thanks JB. Stay warm. 馃槉

 

Hi Sally when my stoma was on my right side i used the clip on the seat belt at the top to keep it from retracting, but now with it on my left i buckle up and go.

 
Reply to ron in mich

That's a good idea to put a clip so it doesn't retract.聽

 
Reply to Justbreathe

I removed my seat belt. It's probably against the law but think of what would happen in a accident if that tightens.

 
Reply to rosebud621

Personally, I鈥檇 rather have an issue with the seatbelt injuring my stoma in an accident rather than dealing with the injuries that might happen without being restrained, but to each their own.聽

 

I got tired of cops pulling me over for me not wearing my seatbelt, then showing them my stoma, and watching them get all embarrassed and apologetic........so now I just pull the belt all the way out and wrap it over my right knee.聽 This way they still see the shoulder belt and think I'm wearing it.....which I am.......and there's no pressure on my stoma.聽 Nothing I tried that covered my bag kept the belt from tightening over time and making a huge mess if I didn't catch it in time.聽 People with less liquid outputs can probably use those aids just fine.聽聽

;O)

 

I wear my seatbelt and don鈥檛 even consider that it鈥檚 there. Although it鈥檚 a good idea to protect your stoma, it is actually quite durable. I play volleyball and I often find myself diving to save a ball from hitting the ground. If I鈥檓 diving I do think to protect it if I can but sometimes it鈥檚 not possible and I risk getting injured elsewhere. I must have landed on my stoma over a hundred times and my stoma hasn鈥檛 changed one bit.

 
Reply to Superme

If your ostomy doesn鈥檛 have a name may I suggest:

ACE or perhaps Ace de鈥檉ace ? 聽(deface)

Just kidding, humor me - this is how I entertain myself over coffee time in the morning. 聽jb聽

 

I put a small travel pillow over my waist to cover my stoma, then attach the seatbelt over it.

 
Reply to Justbreathe

I just ordered a stomadome.聽 You can use it with the adhesive strips or just have it rest over your stoma under the seatbelt.

https://www.stealthbelt.com/stoma-dome-velcro-strips?gclid=Cj0KCQiA_bieBhDSARIsADU4zLenncpHLO3EOHeJcvFYrp1Th_C6BiMPTv1obUu72h6NvdL2bUdxgt4aAvvPEALw_wcB

 

I don't wear mine. Police said my surgeon can give me a written notice.聽 My surgeon said he would write a note.聽 I've shown my stoma to the officer and gave me a warning talk. Then end.

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