In a previous blog post I spoke about my experiences showering with my ileostomy. Of course, we’re all only human and every human needs to wash – with or without an ostomy! But what about when you’re so tired and all you want to do is hide away in your bath tub with a glass (or bottle) of wine and your laptop on the side, ready for you to watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race? Or something else… but most likely Ru Paul.
I’d read up on bathing with an ileostomy, and some people had said the adhesive can wear out whilst in the water. Other’s had said it was fine. I decided to give it a go anyhow. I do shower without my ileostomy bag on, but bathing is slightly different. There was no way I was risking something happening whilst I was trying to relax!
I filled the bath up and prepared everything else I needed to change my bag after the bath. Just in case something did happen, I wanted to be prepared and not running around my like a headless chicken.
Once in the bath, I hesitated for a while before getting comfortable, positive that something was going to wrong. But minutes passed and all was still safely in tact. The ileostomy bag had decided to float up to the surface though, which is kind of amusing. And cheaper than those floating duck toys.
I wear an ostomy bag called the Sensuri Mio, which is delivered by SecuriCare Medical. This bag did me proud, as even after bathing for over an hour, and countless episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race – it was still perfectly stuck to my skin!
It’s funny, how I still feel nervous to do such normal things. It’s been a while since my surgery but I’m still learning more and more on a daily basis. I’m still having to overcome things that perhaps others wouldn’t give a second thought about.
Things like bathing can be nerve racking. It sounds silly, I know. But knowing that you’re either going to overcome something you’ve been worried about doing, or risk having a bad experience that may put you off trying other things in the future, is overwhelming. It can either push you 2 steps forward or pull you 5 steps back.
But, if you’re in the same boat as me, I can assure you that it is absolutely FINE to bathe with your ostomy bag. It’s up to you whether you want to risk doing it without – personally I won’t be, as my stoma seems to have a mind of it’s own!