Scrubadubdub – Showering With An Ostomy

So tonight I had my first shower…no not first shower ever but without my bag on. I have been really apprehensive about this because of how sore the peristomal skin is and well poop in the shower! Nobody wants that! 

Well the barrier ring and powder combo has been brilliant for healing the skin. The granuloma’s have shrunk but only by a little bit I think I will ring the stoma nurse and arrange to see them next week and see if they can put some more silver nitrate on.

So first thing my stoma did was crap on my foot. I mean really now? I figured it was going to happen but straight away? Come on! I just thought oh well at least I’m in the right place to clean myself up. I guess I should be glad it wasn’t in the bath, not that I personally would have a bath without my stoma bag on but again that is my choice not too.

I’m kinda indifferent to which I prefer I the case of showering with or without the bag. I’m glad I conquered that little fear but I think unless I’m not in a huge rush I will do it bag-less. Like then I can take the time to dry the skin well after. But if I shower with the bag on the skin is dry from where the wafer/adhesive sits. There are some bags that are waterproof and some have a cloth front which gets wet but can be dried.

Does anyone else have a preference bag or no bag that is the question? Do you have reasons behind why you prefer it the way you do? Or any tips for drying your bag if you aren’t wanting to change your bag completely after your shower?

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