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VeganOstomy
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May 30, 2016 10:49 pm  
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Ladies, share your ostomy tips for undergarments, intimacy wear, swimwear, and sportswear!

My full, written article about this topic can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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Margaret Johnson
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January 16, 2019 12:07 pm  

I have a ureterostomy and I'm afraid of restricting the flow of urine..then leaking.


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January 20, 2019 1:23 pm  

Hi Margaret,

That's a completely valid concern that many of us face. Fortunately, with all of the options available, you should hopefully be able to find something that is both comfortable and suits your needs. 

Have you been able to try anything new, or are you still looking for clothing options? 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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Dawn Jungewaelter
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January 30, 2020 2:00 pm  

My biggest concern is getting the ostomy bag wet? Also I can wear a pair of leggings and the look good feel good but boy oh boy when I have a bowl movement it starts to stick out like a sore thumb and I feel awful, disgusting, and embarrassed


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February 4, 2020 2:12 pm  

Hi Dawn, there should be no real concern about getting the bag wet. Sometimes, the edges of the wafer does peel up a bit when they get wet, but this can easily be remedied with a wafer extender, medical tape, or simply changing the wafer.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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February 4, 2020 3:03 pm  

@Dawn Jungewaelter

Hi Dawn.  I've often thought that it is so weird that we can have bowel movements at any time.  I laugh to myself when I am talking to someone and feel output coming out of my stoma.  I almost want to say, "Hey guess what? I'm pooping."  It is a strange feeling to be sure.  I do understand your concern, but I hope you don't beat yourself up too much.    Maybe we should just picture everyone pooping.  That should take the edge off.  😆 Take care.

Glenn

 

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February 4, 2020 3:20 pm  

Hi Dawn, when we look down we see the bag in a different way than people view it. I bet it’s not noticeable to anyone around. 👍

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February 4, 2020 3:25 pm  

@john68

Also, we know exactly what we're looking for, so we see it immediately.  Most people aren't searching for a pouch when they look at us, so I bet they would be hard pressed to find it even if you asked them to.  

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February 4, 2020 3:33 pm  

Exactly! Here in Northern Ireland being searched was a part of every day life when I first had the bag. I was amazed at how many times it wasn’t found 😃

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


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February 4, 2020 5:50 pm  
Posted by: @Dawn Jungewaelter

Also I can wear a pair of leggings and the look good feel good but boy oh boy when I have a bowl movement it starts to stick out like a sore thumb and I feel awful, disgusting, and embarrassed

Hi Dawn. It probably isn’t as noticeable as you think, but I was feeling the same way, so I have just started wearing longer and looser tops. It is amazing what a wonder it has done for my confidence about being out in public with my ostomy. Good luck to you!!

-Liza
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“May your day be bright and your bag be light.”


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Posted by: @glenn-giroir

I almost want to say, "Hey guess what? I'm pooping."  It is a strange feeling to be sure. 

 

Glenn,

I had a home health nurse for about 10 1/2 months after surgery coming 3 times a week to change the wound vacuum pump dressing. Sometimes she would bring a trainee with her and she would often have them watch and do the charting while she did the dressing change. One of the nurses with her was asking me the standard questions while I was lying there on the bed with my tummy exposed and she asked when was my last bowel movement. My nurse Anna and I just chuckled and I told her “probably right now”. 🤣

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February 4, 2020 9:25 pm  

One of the nurses with her was asking me the standard questions while I was lying there on the bed with my tummy exposed and she asked when was my last bowel movement. My nurse Anna and I just chuckled and I told her “probably right now”. 🤣

You should have answered, "yes."

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May 22, 2020 7:26 pm  

A tip I thought of since the hernia belt was not comfortable For me. Went in my drawer and I had quite a few Spanx pieces that I forgot about...tried the high waist panty one on and wal la a perfect fit and plenty of support !! Just saying....
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May 25, 2020 10:10 am  

That's a nice tip, Cyrisse! Compared to the hernia belt, how much support does the Spanx provide?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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