I had an ostomy eight months ago and I'm ready to get back in the pool. Any suggestions from swimmers about how to keep the appliance water proof? I am wondering if I will need to change it more often because of being in chlorinated water. Thanks in advance for the advice!
It all depends on how your pouch or wafer reacts to the water. There are several posts in the forums on this subject. Just do a search in the "Google Custom Search" field above. Below is a link to one of the posts. They do make things to help water proof your appliance for swimming.
To me, it's no different than taking a shower. Most pouches are designed to resist water. Hot tubs on the other hand, tend to break down my wafer and I use a 1 piece drainable. And some times a product of the wafer melts and ends up in my chest hair. But everyone is different.
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Just to add to NJ Bain's reply, my best advice is to just not spend too much time where your applicance is underwater at first until you get familiar with how your body and appliance adapt. I would suggest making sure your appliance is fresh (not one that you need to change that same day, to ensure your seal is strong). Also, once getting out of the water, its good to try and dry your wafer area as well as you can so you're not sitting there with it wet - which could cause your seal to weaken.
Thanks so much for the information. I have a two piece and find that the wafters are so expensive. I guess all of it is pretty expensive.
i have a pool in my back yard and stay in it all day almost everyday in the summer. I float on a raft most of the time on my stomach and back and the only thing I do is put the little tape over the filter to block anyone coming from either direction! You may fill with gas that may be embarrassing info you are in a public pool. Ladies have it a little easier with bathing suits that cover more!
I use Brava y strips as an added protection just don’t put a new flange or strip on right before getting them in the pool. Give them a while!
Enjoy the pool!
Stay out of the deep end.
I have a question concerning swimming with an ostomy. Some water has a higher bacteria count than others. Is it dangerous for a person with a stoma to go in unknown water with the risk of bacteria entering the stoma and making us ill?
I spent a lot of time in swimming pool in Mexico. Had no trouble with my barrier coming off or water in my pouch. I do wear a hernia belt around the pouch which helps hold it firmly in place. I usually change my barrier once a week. While swimming frequently I was able to keep to same schedule. I also use a wax adapt ring around the stoma which is very good at preventing leaks under the barrier. If u wear a belt there shouldn’t be a problem. Thensystem seems to stand up to being wet quite well. Hope this helps and enjoy you swimming!