November 27, 2017 by Admin
I live in Florida, so going to the beach is part of life and has been since I was a child. It is an experience I am unwilling to give up and one even during a flare, I would not miss. I have included a few coping techniques below.
- Eat sparingly the morning of the beach – less intake results in less output
- If you can park near a bathroom, it might be helpful, if not, you have the ocean
- Bring lots of water to stave off dehydration
- Food bars and snacks jam packed with calories, but less intake are my preferred option
- Bring a few Ziploc bags if you have an ileostomy in case you need to change or empty the bag (although the ocean is already an option for emptying if necessary)
- Bring a few stoma cap pieces that fit your wafer, as well as a larger pouch, so you can have something less visible prior to eating or worrying about output.
- Bring a few suits and outfits, so quick change options are an option
- Water proof tape if you have an ileostomy if planning on spending a lot of time in the water, if not, standard pouch and wafer adhesive should be fine for frolicking in the ocean, or the brave or Securi-T strips
- Bring two extra pouching systems – complete with all needed items – wafer, pouch, adhesive remover, barrier, powder, and Eakin.