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Traveling with an Ileostomy

Posted May 20 2009 1:20pm

I have the privilege and good fortune to be traveling to Miami, Florida this Friday for the Team Challenge Crohn’s and Colitis Half-Marathon. As an honored teammate for Team Illinois, I am acting as a volunteer and cheerleader for the wonderful people who have dedicated the last 16 weeks to training and reaching their goals in the struggle to put an end to Crohn’s and Colitis. Wow, that’s a mouthful. That said, I’m sure folks are curious about how I am planning to travel with my ileostomy.
Two weeks ago, I contacted my ostomy nurse requesting a note with a letterhead from the hospital stating that I carry necessary medical equipment with me at all times, just in case I got stopped on the way through security. I am packing extra supplies, because you never know when you might need it. Plus, I don’t really know many place that carry ostomy supplies. I am also taking an extra precaution and bringing my ostomy supplies with my in my carry-on bag. They could lose my luggage for all I know and I would screwed big time! As for the flight, I just gotta make sure I empty my bag before the flight, stay hydrated (water and juice mostly) since the air is drier in planes, and if I need to empty during the flight, do it after they serve drinks. Ha ha ha.
I feel exceptionally prepared for this. I’m not as nervous as I was last week. I’m more excited about the trip now than anything! Wish me luck! This promises to be a thrilling weekend! Good luck to all Marathon participants (especially my friends on Team Illinois)!

I got my heart tie…I’ll have to save that for my next post…

Best of health to everyone!

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