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Posted by mamawlaura, on Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:32 pm
I've had my illiostomy since April of this year.Had a few blowouts here at home,but I don't want to venture too far from home because of the fear of it happening away from home. Have you fellow ostomates had problems in public, what do you do?I'm tired of being a "prisoner" in my own house!!!!  HELP!!
Reply by Primeboy, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:41 am
Expect a blowout to happen a few times a year, but remember that many blowouts are preventable. There are certain things I do to stay on the safe side: change regularly, make sure nothing obstructs the flow, always be aware of your bag, and bring extra supplies. Reasonable vigilance is the price of remaining dry. Since my ileostomy two years ago, I have travelled half way around the world and have been very active physically. I am not going to let the bag restrict my life, neither should you.
Reply by Xerxes, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:55 am

As always, succinctly stated. What you say should be packaged inside every box of appliances and wafers that are sold. Anticipation and preparedness the best combination to avoid an uncomfortable and perhaps embarrassing situation.

Reply by weewee, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:57 am
blow outs are comon for me i carry a duffle bag with change of clothes and waffers bags towel i also have extras in case i blow out again always pack like you are in the woods
Reply by Franicaa, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:08 pm
I've had so many blowouts at college! Makes me so mad! But I've found, as long as my pants aren't too tight on the bag and I haven't drunk a lot of fluid I can sit from 8:30-1:10 in lectures and then walk home after with no problems!
I like to carry 3 pre-cut spares, a few wipes and scented rubbish bags in case I have to go change it in the toilet at college...It's a pain but when the worst comes to worst it's what you have to do! I also find that wearing more than 1 t-shirt is quite good. (I like to layer up tank tops with a jumper or sweater and a body warmer). That way if you do leak onto your clothes, there's plenty of layers it has to get through before the stain is visible, and you can lose the first few layers if needs be and no one will notice!
Reply by gixer750, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:48 pm
hi i use convatec mouldable flange and replacable bags  no leaks or blowouts in 2 years
ride a fast bike  normal physicle job
Reply by ash1712, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:25 pm
I've had a stoma for over a year now and i've had a few blowouts (mainly diet related), but i found it to be trial and error. I didn't leave the house for six months after i recovered from my op, i think it was a mental thing for me i was constantly trying to conceal my pouch and always checking to see if it was fail.

Like most of the reply's i keep a spare pouch kit in my car  along with some spare clothes just for peace of mind. but for the last year i've had no problems even when i go running or weight training.
Reply by Xerxes, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:43 pm
A duffle bag! Wow you really do stay prepared.

Reply by boatlady21, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:24 pm
it happens..... I have been to Australia twice, made sure I changed the day before my trip, all was well.
I have been to the US and many places on the continent, been camping too always take a spare in my handbag just to be safe, I use the disabled toilet if I have to.

I live alone aboard a canal barge which was a wreck done loads of work with a bit of help from my sons, I have laid floors, lots of T&G, plumbing, its not good to have leeks on a boat, loads of painting,  there is not a lot I can't do.... so get out there and just go for it don't be a prisoner to your stoma so what if it blows out just blame the dog!!! lol
Reply by megalyman, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:32 pm
I had a few at night when I first had the ili.  I think it was due to my body adjusting to the bag and I would mess with it when I was asleep.  I got it caught on something a few times and pulled it off when I was doing work in the yard.  As time goes on you learn how to protect it.  Make sure you use a belt and consider one of the support belts on-line.
Reply by Beaner, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:46 pm
I've had mine since February. I pushed mine to the limit just to be sure it wasn't going to give me a problem. I pushed myself with exercise and did lots of yard work. When I felt that it was going to behave, I did short drives to the bank, drugstore, then ventured farther. I have flown across the country, boated for hours at a time and driven for three hours without a stop. Start small, always have supplies and enjoy life... It's not over!!!!!
Reply by ChrisMonro, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:03 pm
What I do is have 3 "backup" kits, which contain 1 pouch, 1 clip, 2 adhesive cleaning wipes, 2 adhesive wipes, spare set of underwear, a small towel, 2 plastic shopping baggies (1 for clothes if a change is needed, and one for the failed pouch and various pieces and detritus.

These kits I carry are small zipper-sealed.... One of them is even the Ford Manual case for my Ranger.

Most of my blowouts have occurred because I ate too soon before going to bed, or because I put off emptying due to obligations.
Reply by mamawlaura, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:32 pm
Thanks for all of your advice and suggestions. I KNEW i could count on you!! Thanks so  much. I love to hike the APPLACHAIN tRAIL. i LIVE ABOUT A MILE FROM IT HERE IN VA. You all have eased my anxity about getting back to what I love and miss. Thank you all....Love you all.
Reply by pixiebell, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:38 pm
I have had many "blowouts" since getting my ili done 3 years ago.  I, like you, am afraid to leave the house most of the time or travel far from home.  I always keep an emergency kit with me ( I hide it in the way that I carry the supplies in a purse) and I trained my x bf on how to help me change it incase of leakage issues.  There have been times when it has decided to spring a leak on me when I was in the store or even washing my car!  Although it is embarrasing to you...I have found that no one really notices.  That is probably because I ALWAYS wear shirts that cover my abdomen totally and when I feel a leak I RUN to my car and back home.  
I would always keep emergency supplies on hand wherever you go.  If you know that you have to go out one day or evening be cautious on when and how you eat.  Better safe then sorry!
Reply by Survivor2x, on Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:49 pm
I've had my ileostomy for 2 years now. In the beginning, I had a lot of blowouts, but found out that it was because of what I was using to cleanse my skin. It was too moisturizing, and my wafer would not seal properly. Once I figured out that plain old water was the best way to cleanse the area, I didn't have as many blowouts, and I began to venture out (I even got married and went on my honeymoon to Barbados). I have since had a few blowouts in public, but nobody but me has ever taken notice. Like everyone else, I always have extra supplies on hand. They fit nicely in my purse which goes with me everywhere. Also, as time goes on, and you get used to your stoma, you will begin to "know" when you may end up having a problem and therefore, be able to stop it before it happens.
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Reply by Past Member, on Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:54 am
I always carry gauze sponges plus a zip loc bag with three bags, three wafers, paste, a change of underwear and a "doggie bag" for discrete disposal.  I always wear skirts, black pants, black shorts so leakage is less obvious.

You'll be surprised how creative you get!  Once I changed the bag while sitting in a parking lot in a convertible with the top down!
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Reply by Past Member, on Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:00 pm
I've had an ileostomy for 30 years now and seldom have blow-outs anymore.  If I do it's because I pushed the wear time too far (usually due to laziness).  Early on I had such problems but it was usually because the pouch opening was a bit too small in diameter for my stoma.  Anytime I had eaten something a bit rough my stoma would invert when passing it and the stoma would then blow the seal because the edge of the pouch opening was too close/tight to the stoma.  I use Holister pouches with the Karaya-1 (or whatever they call it) ring, and ever since I got the stoma opening in the correct diameter, I hardly ever have trouble with blowouts.  However, be prepared in order to achieve some peace of mind.  I keep a quart size ziplock with everything I need for 1 change in: my desk at work, my car, my suitcase  and the small backpack I use between home and work everyday.  Just knowing that stuff is nearby gives me comfort.
Reply by billba2020, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:34 pm
Great subject , we all have had this happen to us. I finally went to a slightly convex barrier and pouch and have never had the problem again. I have been using Coloplast products, but any good convex would do .
Reply by Immarsh, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:29 pm
Hi all,    This was an interesting read.  I was 15 when I had my surgery, and I guess I didn't  pay attention to the "what if's" back then.  That was 48 years ago, and although i've had blow-outs/ leaks on occassion, it's not until recently that I started carrying a spare pouch and wafer along with me when I'm out and about.   I've always carried tape with me, to retape a wafer to my skin.  Even these days, when I'm out locally, I don't give it any thought. Ii go to the gym, teach, go out socially for dinners, theater concerts etc. and rarely have a problem.    But I do plan carefully. I  change on schedule ( 7 days) or if i feel and unusual itch. I  empty often, wear supportive undies, and clothes that do not bind or make the wafter shift.  Because I sometimes have difficulty with fiberous foods, I avoid eating those when travelling.  But I think of my ostomy much like travelling with a prepared, so kudos to all of you who pack extras and clothes.  I may pack a tote to leave in my car...just in case.  

I've been away ( from the site) for awhile, so it's great to be back.  Greetings to old friends, and would love to meet new ones.  

Reply by flower power, on Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:36 pm
   hi there, i am new to the computer, so here goes mistakes or not. i can understand your truma and anxiety when you experience an unexpected blow out, its not very nice, to say the least.All of us ostomates are in the same boat. All we can do is take precautions and be prepared,keep emergency supplies on hand at all times, and hope for the best. I wish you well, from one ostomate to another
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