Also, I've tried the freezer bag trick three times now but it always seems to slip before I'm done. Do you have to tighten it up around the underside of the flange? Maybe I shouldn't be trying to use the one with the handle on the zipper (Hefty bags) since that seems to get in the way... When things do get a bit wet, I stand in front of a fan or use a hair-dryer on lowest heat.
Since I live on the Texas Gulf Coast (between Houston and Galveston), right now I'm glued to the news because I may have to evacuate Hurricane Gustave in the next couple days or if not, bunk in a health care facility that has generators and extra cots, since I'm obviously not yet fully adjusted to ostomy maintenance. (In 2005 I was in New Orleans when Katrina came and had to evacuate with the natives. I got home and two or three weeks later had to evacuate before Hurricane Rita and was away for six days!)
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Thanks everyone for the hair net suggestion!
I don't have a problem taking showers with the bag on. I use one piece coloplast and all I do afterwards is take the hair dryer and dry the bag since it's made of material.
When I change the bag, I prepare the new one, remove the old, shower, protect the stoma with a wad of tissue whilst drying, then put on the new bag. Simple.
I shower and take baths with the bag on all the time. Afterwards, I wipe the outside part with the towel to take off excess water then I dry it with the hair dryer. I use Coloplast assura appliance and its opague and kind of material. No problems there.
I don't see why there is any problem with getting the bags wet? I always shower with mine off in the morning because that is when things are the most calm. And if it happens to go,well at least it all goes down the drain to the sewer!! and its one less bag change. Sorry but I just hate dealing with it all the time.
I go swimming with my daughter all the time and I dont do anything special at all. Just put on my suit. I also go in the hot tub. I have been very lucky with my colostomy. I hardly ever have it leak. I have had it the colostomy for 3 years and I think I have only had it leak from the wafer twice and that was always when I was sleeping at about 3am.