At last, the warm Summer months are in sight which means we can begin to look forward to a whole host of outdoor activities. Mild walks, BBQ’s with family and friends and maybe even a trip to the beach! As an ostomate, as long as you make sure you’re well prepared with a few precautions in mind, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy any of these fun activities too!
One of the first things to be aware of is that, in hotter conditions, you might find that you have to change your appliances more frequently. It’s completely normal for this to be the case. However, if you’re noticing that your wear times have been significantly reduced then you should speak to a stoma nurse regarding alternative skin barriers. By ensuring that your bag is fitted correctly you can reduce any irritation caused by the moisture from perspiration being trapped between your stoma bag and skin. You can always double check with your stoma nurse if it’s not feeling right.
Of course, the warmer months are enough to bring the outdoorsy persona out of most people. But, if you’re already quite an active person and you’re not completely comfortable with how your pouch feels when you’re trying to enjoy your favourite hobbies then there are a few things that you could try. For example, you could try wearing a smaller pouch, which would reduce the amount of obstruction that you experience. For sporty activities, we would recommend trying out a stoma bag from our Primo range. The Primo range features a high tack, which can help to provide you with much needed extra security and a piece of mind when you’re having fun. You might also be interested in trying out our Microskin products. This range is nice and flexible, making it perfect for activities such as swimming and walking.
As with any physical activity, the key is to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This is even more important for ostomates who should aim to drink slightly more water than other people. You’ve probably heard the advice old advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day”. This is a good number to aim for and you can reach this by drinking things such as water, non-caffeine herbal tea and natural fruit juices. Some people find that the best way to make sure that they are drinking enough is to use a large water bottle and keep note of how many of them they have consumed during the day.
As with most things, the main thing to remember is that, with the right preparation, everything should be fine! Just be sure to remember to pack extra supplies and if you’re staying somewhere away from home, try to be close to a toilet. This will simply make things easier if changing or going to the toilet in the middle of the night.
There are a number of adventure blogs across the internet that you might be interested in checking out, all of which have been written by ostomates. In addition to this, if you do have any questions regarding taking part in some outdoor activities and looking after your stoma, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 586 529.