Don’t get wet with you Ostomy

Does getting wet really have anything to do with your ostomy? Well most likely not, but context is everything! Something you should know about me and my ostomy and that is I love the outdoors.  So I am not defined by my stoma nor do I let it stop me from enjoying the great outdoors.  I am generally a big hunting and fishing guy and this year I have spend more time fishing than normal.  Now there are a few things that I do like to keep in mind when I am working on catching bass or catfish and some of them are ostomy related.  I like to make sure my ostomy supplies are safe and clean from any bacteria that could be lurking in the water or my hands from touching all the fishy things! So here are just a few tips that I like to give newcomers so they are prepared for the outdoors!

Location, location, location.  Yes, having your ostomy supplies in the right location is key! Now for myself I am a huge gear guy so I love to over prepare probably. Yes, I am the guy who goes out with multiple fishing poles and different types of reals too. But when it comes to my ostomy things I want to keep them dry and away from bacteria.  This is important and the last thing I want is an infection because I got my stuff wet with some lake, or pond water.  Now how I do is is pretty simple, I get really high end waterproof gear.  This doesn’t have to cost a ton, but I like otterbox and they seem to have great products that have good seals.  So the water does not get in on most of the containers.  I also put an extra layer of protection by at least using a zip lock bag.  Now if you don’t have a waterproof case or specified bag then just use multiple zip lock bags.  One will most likely leak or let him humidity which can condensate, but two or three bagged at different ends works pretty good as well.

Also, another really big thing is to bring hand sanitiser! That is a must and I know it can be very hard to find during this covid-19 pandemic. Keeping your hands clean when touching any of your gear is key to keeping your body safe and protected.  So make sure you have some extra on hand just in case it runs out again due to the pandemic.

Don’t get wet with you Ostomy

Does getting wet really have anything to do with your ostomy? Well most likely not, but context is everything! Something you should know about me and my ostomy and that is I love the outdoors.  So I am not defined by my stoma nor do I let it stop me from enjoying the great outdoors.  I am generally a big hunting and fishing guy and this year I have spend more time fishing than normal.  Now there are a few things that I do like to keep in mind when I am working on catching bass or catfish and some of them are ostomy related.  I like to make sure my ostomy supplies are safe and clean from any bacteria that could be lurking in the water or my hands from touching all the fishy things! So here are just a few tips that I like to give newcomers so they are prepared for the outdoors!

Location, location, location.  Yes, having your ostomy supplies in the right location is key! Now for myself I am a huge gear guy so I love to over prepare probably. Yes, I am the guy who goes out with multiple fishing poles and different types of reals too. But when it comes to my ostomy things I want to keep them dry and away from bacteria.  This is important and the last thing I want is an infection because I got my stuff wet with some lake, or pond water.  Now how I do is is pretty simple, I get really high end waterproof gear.  This doesn’t have to cost a ton, but I like otterbox and they seem to have great products that have good seals.  So the water does not get in on most of the containers.  I also put an extra layer of protection by at least using a zip lock bag.  Now if you don’t have a waterproof case or specified bag then just use multiple zip lock bags.  One will most likely leak or let him humidity which can condensate, but two or three bagged at different ends works pretty good as well.

Also, another really big thing is to bring hand sanitiser! That is a must and I know it can be very hard to find during this covid-19 pandemic. Keeping your hands clean when touching any of your gear is key to keeping your body safe and protected.  So make sure you have some extra on hand just in case it runs out again due to the pandemic.

Do you have enough Stoma Supplies for the Resurgence?

No I am not talking about the apocalypse or end of the world situation, but simply the 2nd wave of coronavirus.  We are now pretty much done with the first wave of pandemic.  Now we spent two months in lockdowns enforced by police and governments.  Last month riots started and all those laws and rules were thrown out the window and now since the police decided it was ok to protest and  riot and not follow and rules and do so with no violations of the law we are now seeing huge increases in pandemic.  Since governments forgot to follow the rules they only actually enforce them against citizens that follow the law and we are suffering for it.  So what this means is that you may have to put double the ostomy supplies into your ownership to survive the next economic shutdown.

Having the right amount of ostomy supplies on hand is most likely going to be key for the next round of pandemic.  If companies shutdown again and riots breakout to where the supply chain breaks down again, then you need to have enough on hand to not have a medical emergency.  This is what happened last month.  Trucks refused to go into cities that were rioting because they were being attacked. Online stores were running out of supplies and even if you got them shipped it was coming weeks late or getting help up at major city post offices due to riots and covid-19.  It was an absolute mess and scary.

So I don’t want to get all panicky or think that everyone’s situation is the same because it really isn’t.  But in some locations people went a month with no resupply of gear.  That was a big scary deal and governments were stopping them from getting the supply they needed for political reasons and not health and safety. So it made me want to let people know that this can happen and has happened and that you should be prepared if it happens in your town.

I wouldn’t get too much stuff and start messing with the fragile system we have but start putting away some extra supplies for the 2nd part of pandemic because supply chain issues will start back up. It is simply better to be safe than sorry and in need of fresh gear. Reusing old gear too often is simply dangerous. So be safe and take care.