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rosepritchard
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June 29, 2020 5:19 pm  

As a relatively new ostomate (6 months - ileostomy following a total colectomy last December) and a keen walker, I fully intend to get back to longish day walks - 12-15 miles or so -  and hopefully multi-day hiking as I did before. I'd really appreciate any helpful tips or advice about managing my stoma out in the wilds! I won't be backpacking or camping, but would definitely need to be able to empty my bag at least once during the day and that's my issue really. I use a one-piece drainable Coloplast bag which I've found suits me best. Any information, ideas or tips gratefully received....! And thanks for such a brilliant website which has been a mine of information and support for me since this whole thing started.

Rose
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June 30, 2020 3:27 am  

@rosepritchard

Hello, like you I am a keen walker, and I had my ostomy 11 weeks ago. I have been experimenting with how to deal with output while out and about.

What I have come up with so far is this - I am using resealable food bags for example like the one attached. You could also use some gelling powder if output is watery, or put additional toilet roll inside to stablise. Then I carefully seal the bag, and then put this inside a reusable drybag - something like this - https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15983247/15983247-oex-drysack-10-blue   which is very secure. Then it can go inside my rucksack and be taken home to be disposed of.

Because there are no public loos open at the moment, I have been experimenting with this approach on just shortish jaunts from home (3-4 hours), as I wanted to test it out.

As it is working, for me, I am saving all the resealable food bags I can, as they are sturdy. But I think it would work okay with bought resealable food bags - and I am going to try this next.

Best wishes.

 

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June 30, 2020 4:16 am  

Hi Mimi

Many thanks for this. I had picked up from elsewhere that one of the ways of dealing with output is to empty into a bag and then take home for disposal but I wasn't sure what type of bag to use and also what to put it in inside my rucksack - so thank you so much for your tips on that. My output is generally thicker so watery output isn't usually a problem for me. I'm definitely going to give this a trial run - next week here in Wales the weather looks set fine so here goes! Thanks once again and all the very best.

Rose
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June 30, 2020 5:01 am  

Welcome Rose! Ladies, I have had a situation where I needed to empty and no place to empty! In my car trunk I now carry a hard plastic peanut butter container & lid  &  zip bags for just such an occasion. 

I did receive & learn that that either Coloplast or Hollister, who I called about what they may have for  just such incidents, sent me about 5 very strong, blue plastic zip bags to try. I was impressed with the strength & cost for future ones. Plus privacy.  Give them a shout & ask for samples. 

I'm a daily Walker... but for my dogs & we certainly do not go miles maybe one at most daily! Lol! Good for you! I feel walking is very important for the bodies strength and healing after surgery. 

Linda


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June 30, 2020 11:18 am  

Welcome to the forums @rosepritchard

I think that various solutions will be available, and sometimes it can depend on how often you expect to empty your bag. 

For some, a pouch liner is a good option (if you are using a 2pc appliance), and some may just hang a bag over their waistband, empty into that, and tie it off until garbage can be found. 

It can also help to be more aware of any restrooms/port-a-potties along your route if there are any. These days, with COVID, not even those portable toilets are available at some popular hiking trails near here, so you have to improvise. 

I will say that we have an advantage over "squatters" when it comes to going #2 =)

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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July 1, 2020 4:25 am  

Thanks all! I'm really looking forward to getting out there again. I've been cautiously limiting myself to 5 or 6 miles each time for the last couple of months as I wouldn't need to empty in the time taken to do that - and I didn't. However for longer days out I do need to be prepared.......

Stay safe all.

 

 

Rose
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July 1, 2020 5:24 pm  

Sounds wonderful. We have wanted to do some of the beautiful walks in Wales and Cornwall.

Not this year ... but hopefully we will all be able to travel more in the future.

And if you have your emergency kit with you, you should be able to cope fine..

Onset of severe Ulcerative Colitus Oct.2012. Subtotal colectomy with illiostomy July 2015; Peristomal hernia repair ( Sugarbaker, mesh, laparoscopic) May 2017.


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