Sunday , 18 November 2018
Stack your Undies to the Roof

Stack your Undies to the Roof

This will seem like common sense, but for whatever reason, it took me a good 5 years or so to see the value in stocking up on undies.   Maybe it’s a guy thing, but I’ve always felt programmed to hold on to those 7 pairs of underwear with a few holes and worn to perfection.

However, now having a BCIR, I found that I will put on a fresh pair of undies 2-3 times a day.  Now, it’s not because of accidents, but with the stoma there is some moisture especially near the time you need to use the bathroom.  The more I eat, the more moisture I will get as the pouch is just filling more often.  The moisture isn’t a big deal, but if you forget to put a stoma pad on or folded up tissue paper, then your undies are the only thing catching the moisture; any yeah it’s uncomfortable.  It’s not often I forget to add some tissue paper over the stoma, but a portion of the day there will be no moisture because I haven’t eaten yet, and so there’s no need for tissue at the moment.

But then there’s days where I will just forget, and will need to switch out my undies.  I found it’s easier not to try and ration my undies, but instead buying so many that I never worry about running out before laundry day.  This practice will also keep your stoma more dry and I will have a less chance of irritation.  Moral of the story:  buy a ton of underwear, change as often as you want, and stack them to the ceiling!

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This will seem like common sense, but for whatever reason, it took me a good 5 years or so to see the value in stocking up on undies.   Maybe it's a guy thing, but I've always felt programmed to hold on to those 7 pairs of underwear with a few holes and worn to perfection. However, now having a BCIR, I found that I will put on a fresh pair of undies 2-3 times a day.  Now, it's not because of accidents, but with the stoma there is some moisture especially near the time you need to use the bathroom. …

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Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.