Hi all ... did ya miss me?
Just got back from a couple of weeks at the lake (interior of B.C. - much hotter weather than where I live on the coast).
First real trip since my ileo in Dec. 09. And a reality check too.
My energy/physical shape is nowhere near what it was this time last year. Tried to do all the same stuff ... wow I tired fast! Did all the right things re water/hydration and eating. But boy did I feel old.
Swimming: everything stayed put and I quite enjoyed myself. I'm more of a paddler so no great butterfly swims - more just playing in the water. BUT when I came out and the appliance adhesive was moist, and the temps were around 88 ... add a hot flash or two ... the adhesive melted. It was doing its best to hold on, but gravity pulled all the melted glue downward and the bottom of the flange opened up. The flexible collar part stayed on pretty well.
Hot Tub: no go. We have it set at a low temp - about 96 and still, after about 15 minutes, the adhesive was melting. Again, with the hot air temps ... there was no chance for the adhesive to cool down, dry, and restick.
Extra tape: Before going, I bought a roll of "Permatype Plastic Tissue-Thin Waterproof Hypo-Allergenic Security Strips" (quite a mouthful, huh?). This tape saved the day. If applied right after applying a new flange, it helped everything stay on longer. Still not the 5 to 6 days for the flange that I get at home, but lasted 2 days instead of one. But it's not breathable, so was a bit hard on the skin.
So -- questions for all the swimmers/hot tubbers out there ... what products do you use and how do you find them for swimming especially? I use Convatec Sur-Fit Natura Moldable Stomahesive System. It really did not stand up to the higher temperatures.
Hubby and I are heading to Hawaii for Christmas (25th anniversary) and we plan to do lots of snorkeling. Will I be changing my appliance every day??