• Does anyone know if they make colostomy bags & paste that is waterproof ? Or what is safe to do my colostomy is perm 5mn

    Asked by AngieJ on Sunday, January 8, 2012

    Does anyone know if they make colostomy bags & paste that is waterproof ? Or what is safe to do my colostomy is perm 5mn

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    • mamajltc's Avatar
      mamajltc

      My husband has had a bag for 2 years. It took him a while to get used to it. Although I do not know if there are any that are waterproof, I do know that he takes it off when he showers and replaces it with a new one, about twice a week and leaves it on, but covers it with his hand (a one handed shower :) ) and washes around it. and retapes it when he is done. When he first got it, it was recommened that he used cling wrap...but eventually he did it this way. I know there are different companies around there but we use Byram. I would definitely ask them. Also, there are colostomy nurses who specialize in this and they may be able to help. Good Luck!!!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      Angie,

      Your bags and paste should be waterproof.

      I have had an ileostomy for about a month now, and I haven't missed a beat. I still do everything I used too, eat normal food, exercise (including swimming) and wear normal clothes.

      For showering, I have a designated shower bag. When I am ready to shower, I switch from my regular bag to my shower bag. Then I carefully rinse out my daily bag and let it dry while showering. Then when I get out of the shower, I switch back to my regular bag, rinse out my shower bag and hang it up to dry. Other people will shower with their bag on, then put a dry one on when they are done. They will rinse out the one they showered in and let it dry. Then the next day, do the switch again. This way, you always have a dry bag to apply after showering. It's all personal preference.

      I change my wafer every third day. On the day that I change my wafer, I remove everything. This way I can shower and give my skin a chance to breathe. It also gives me a chance to inspect my skin and get off any remaining paste or glue. With the ileostomy, I can have drainage at any time so I just keep a paper towel close to the shower. When I am done showering, I just cover up my stoma until I can get a new appliance on.

      Swimming isn't much different than showering. I have a designated swimming bag. I also found a wrap from Ostomy Secrets. The wrap has a pocket in it for my bag. I just put my bathing suit on over the wrap. No one can tell I have an ostomy (printed suits work best) and I feel really secure for exercising.

      Your appliance shouldn't leak, come loose, or feel uncomfortable. If it does, you probably want to look for a different manufacturer. The medical supply company that is supplying your supplies should be able to help you. Many manufacturers will also send free samples. Some people it takes a while to find a wafer that works best for them. Don't be afraid to try new products.

      The United Ostomy Association of America is a great organization for people with ostomies. There are local chapters all around the country. I go to a meeting once a month where they have a guest speaker talking about life with an ostomy. Then we break down into smaller groups to discuss any issues. There is usually an ostomy nurse at the meeting as well to answer questions.

      The Ostomy Book is another great resource. There is a ton of information about life with an ostomy.

      Honestly, the ostomy shouldn't be holding you back. Yeah, it takes a bit of getting used to, but you will see you will be back to doing your normal thing in no time.

      Good Luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • AngieJ's Avatar
      AngieJ

      Thank you for the info .I have a colostomy not quite 5 mnths ago . I had a 6 hr surgery in July 2011 I was hospitalized for 28 days .I had to heal 1st ,then chemo & radiation .I had severe pain because of side effects from rad.& chemo .I wear a one piece ostomy bag because I don't want to take a chance of having it pop off due to gas & stooling , I was told by 2 med supply co none were totally waterproof , I do wear my bag under form fitting clothing part time .I will call my oncologist NP & ask ,I joinedGildas Club a few wks ago they have colo/rectal group that meets once a mnth & they will finally meet last wk of Jan. Thank you for sharing, I will ck out your suggestions ,Angie

      about 5 years ago
    • AngieJ's Avatar
      AngieJ

      Just checked the united ostomy associate.of America & the closest group is 1 1/2 hr away one wY & the IN.branch is even farther away I live in Lou.which isn't a sm town .

      about 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      Angie,

      I just had another thought. When I go through chemo, I have continuous infusion through my port. When I shower, I use Glad Press and Seal over my port to keep it dry. It's much better than plastic wrap because it actually sticks to your skin but is very easy to remove.

      Also, a lot of 2 piece systems now have a locking system to prevent the bag from popping off. I use the Coloplast system and it has a click lock. I have had a full bag with lots of gas and it doesn't pop off.

      Good luck! I heard Gilda's Club is a great place!

      about 5 years ago
    • miles22's Avatar
      miles22

      a great place to buy good quality waterproof covers is www.pimpmycat.co.uk.

      hope this helps!!

      over 4 years ago

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