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Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:54 am
andyangiet wrote:
I use coloplast assura and if it is hot outside , I notice that my wafer will start to come up on the edges.  

i use coloplast assura and have a simular problem  where my jeans rub the edge of the flange. you might try these...

they help in my situation. mmsh
Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:50 pm
The only problem I had with my skin barrier ever coming off or being close to coming off was sweating if off during physical training at the Federal Police Academy over the last three months.  I switched to a different type a barrier and had not more trouble..
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:06 pm
i used to compete at swimming before i had my surgery and although i didn't know how to go about geting back into it initially i came across support garments made my a company called respond plus (UK). I also use an Assura One-Piece bag.

essentially i used an elasticated support that goes around your tummy. I put two on for a snug fit. i trained in them regularly and only had a bag split a few times. this was due to increased output, usually i was careful with what i ate before i trained and i was fine.

when i competed i was able to wear my racing bodysuit (which are now banned Sad  - although my completing days are now over)  However I find the supports handy as it keeps everything were it needs to be and if the bag does split you can feel it instantly and make an exit for the toilets. having two garments on meant if a bag did split then nothing would show on the outside.

hope this helps.
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:51 am
Looks like we have a similar rig.  Mine is a 2500 4x4 dodge with huge camper on it too. I use it so much I don't even bother taking it off. Great for a quick get away and gives me a since of security that where ever I am I can make a quick change if the ostomy gets out of hand.
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:19 pm
Immarsh--You sound quite similar to me, although you have dealt with the ileostomy longer than I have.  I love the fact that you view the apparatus as part of your body--that is something that I need to work at, as it will help me to accept this very real, very permanent part of me--I've had either a colostomy or an ileostomy for the past 10 years, and it is time I changed my attitude.  You gave me a new approach!  AND I only recently realized that I was indeed able to go INTO the water wearing my appliance!  Before I had avoided full immersion for fear of an appliance failure.  How great to finally be brave enough to add water exercise to my list of capabilities!!!

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Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:40 pm
You have a lot more courage than I do.
Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:19 pm
Went swimming (creative not drowning) with hubby last evening; first time trying the new Sure Seal Ring (over the flange).

Had fun, but the flange still got wet (there is a tiny bit of flange right around the center that isn't covered by the SSR - like 1/8" at most) and then the glue started to melt and gravitate downwards. So the bottom quarter of my tape started to come away.

Did go into the hot tub for 10 minutes or so. Next time out I will omit that and see what happens.

Still trying stuff ...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:14 am
I swim every day in the local pool, never a problem and you cannot be discriminated against.
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:30 pm
Hi people! I've had my Ileostomy, Eric, since may 2010! Ive always loved swimming and am an advanced diver and a water baby at heart but haven't got around to swimming yet until 3 days ago!
Personally I don't care who sees my 'appliance' Im proud of Eric...he saved my life and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him and if people wanna stare or ridicule me then its there loss not mine!
Anyway I went to aquacise class the other night as my Drs have told me that the running and aerobics I was doing was doing more damage to me as my body still hasn't settled down yet and I was dehydrating....even with the electrolyte drinks etc! So that leaves me with aquacize classes and walking. I used ostofix tape just to feel a bit more secure and wore an all in one swimsuit! I was 30 mins into the class and something didn't feel right, so I checked and found that Eric was naked!!! I excused my self from the class and went to sort him out! I dried off and reapplied the full view of anyone who was about....and went back to the class but by the end the flange was coming away again! Ive never had problems like this in the shower/bath before! I use Assura 2 piece and they normally stick for England!!
So question, is it the chlorine that made him strip off or the action in the water or the fact I wasn't wearing a belt (I don't normally need to even when I used to run, a tight pair of knickers usually do the job!) or something else!
Do I really have to pay out nearly £50 for a special ostomate swimsuit, Im out of work at the moment and don't have that kind of money!
Any help or advice is gratefully received as I so need to exercise to get rid of the bulk that has been acquired over 2 years of inactivity and nasty drug regimes!!
Luv'n'ugz to all x x
Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:03 pm
Greetings all, after reading all these posts I thought I would throw in my two cents worth. Now I never go swimming because of a spinal problem, but I am quite familiar with stoma wear and I would like to share this with you. A couple of years back a friend told me about stoma wear made in the UK and when I bought a few pair I was hooked for life. The company that makes underware especially for people with a stoma are made with us in mind, they make boxer underware for men and women and they have a high waistband and the legs are just long enough to hide your pouch, and they stretch every which way and barely a seam to be seen. I use Hollister products with the curved clip and the leg is just long enough to roll up onto the clip and the material does a great job of holding the pouch in place and gives you that feeling of confidence and comfort and I'm sure if you give them a try you wont be dissapointed. You can Google the company, Comfizz Limited, and check out their supplies and seeing them would give them more justice than I ever could. Give 'em a look.
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:27 pm
Based on my experience you should not have to buy special swimware. I have a high-output pouch which held up nicely after body surfing in the warm ocean, after swimming in chlorine filled pools, and after soaking for 20+ minutes in a hot tub. If the flange is properly attached, everything else should stay in place. I suggest 'strongly' that you swim only at times when Eric is quiet and the bag empty. You may find diving risky. There are cheaper items (wraps) you can use to keep the bag tight again your body; but, for me, I don't think they are essential.
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:11 pm
Dear Freaky,
I have found that swimming is not safe unless I've had my appliance on for at least 24 hours for some reason.  Had you recently applied a new one before the aquacize class?  And once it came unhinged, it just isn't wise to get right back in the water.  The chlorine never hampered me but I've discovered through trial and error that I need to have a full day of "seasoning" before I go into the water.
I'm proud of you for going to that class though! I ought to get busy and do something like that myself.
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:54 pm
Herc's right on this one. I always put a new appliance on the night before anything important. If it's going to leak, I want to know about it before it's too late. Be prepared as the Boy Scout Manual teaches.
Mon May 30, 2011 2:00 pm
hi maureen , good to hear that you like swimming ,can't beat it l say.  l try and go once a week if l can . l just put on a small stoma cap like other urostomists use . can recommend them  l am a full member of the postal urostomy association , good to hear that you are a member aswell .  take care .  mike .
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:49 pm
I usually dry off best I can, then put my shirt on, then take off my swim suit.  Works for me.
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:09 pm
Well done Maureen your a star x
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