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mangie
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April 9, 2017 4:00 pm  

My husband will be traveling overseas for a week by himself (first big adventure since ileal conduit a year ago last  january). He's 80 years old. He has no interest in a leg bag. We thought he could connect his Foley and put it in a black canvas bag, carry it to his seat holding it snug to his body and drop it into the floor. Reverse before landing. Any other ideas? He's a little tense about emptying on long bus rides if they don't have a bathroom in board or don't make stops.... 

Thank you! 


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VeganOstomy
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April 11, 2017 2:31 am  

Hi Mangie,

I've been sharing this question on social media, but so far it looks like nobody has anything to offer. 

I would suggest that he let the flight attendants know that he'll have a medical device with him so to not raise suspicion about the black canvas bag. They may even be able to better accommodate him regarding seating.

The long bus rides could be problematic depending on how long we're talking about. Could he use that foley + black canvas bag idea? I could see that working.

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April 16, 2017 2:07 pm  

Hi :)

My husband has travelled all over the place with his "bag of widdle". We've been on planes, cross channel ferry crossings, the Eurotunnel, trains and long car journeys. Although my husband does wear a leg bag if he's not sure about where the next stop will be on a car journey, we found travelling by plane the easiest, as there is always access to a loo. We called the airline (in this case a budget airline called Ryanair) and explained his condition and that he would need an aisle seat and access to the loo, this meant there was no need for any extra capacity.

Personally we didn't have an issue with security, but friends who have flown more recently have. I would not advise having a bag within a bag with the current state of affairs, as this could cause more problems for your husband. 

Happy travelling!

Life's too short, sit in the sun, drink the wine, hug peeps and smile


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April 16, 2017 2:12 pm  

Just one extra tip, take twice as many bags with you as you think you'll need, you only need to have a bad change (hubby once got through five bags in one change until he got one without a leak) and you'll be short on supplies!

Life's too short, sit in the sun, drink the wine, hug peeps and smile


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mangie
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April 16, 2017 4:02 pm  

That's what he wound up doing.  He decided to attach the foley 'just in case'.....and then an hour into the ride, the driver said....OK!  Ten minute stop!  Who knew?  But it was fine. Thank you for getting back.


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April 16, 2017 4:05 pm  

Thank you.  Next trip is planned with enough time to get a better seat!  Aisle is definitely better for him.  He did wind up using a foley on the overnight flight and the daylight flight, just kept getting up. It's good to get up and walk a little bit anyway.  He's not interested in a leg bag, so it leads to other conclusions.

I appreciate your suggestions.


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