When I was a new ostomate, I remember seeing sheets of stickers included with my ostomy bags and had no idea what they were for.
A great pouch cover can add style and comfort to your ostomy appliance, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to wear.
When I was fresh out of surgery, showering was a bit awkward, not only because I had some large incisions to protect, but also because showering and drying a wet bag wasn’t something I wanted to do when I was in recovery and still weak from years of chronic illness. While I devised a few DIY methods to cover my abdomen when showering, it was quite inconvenient, produced excess garbage and wasn’t always effective.
When you’re a new ostomate, the inevitable questions about showering tend to come up: Can I get my appliance wet? Should I remove my appliance? Will water hurt my stoma? Fortunately, these questions are pretty easy to answer, but there are certain considerations to keep in mind.