When you have been an ostomate for a while you may go through stages where you ‘chance’ not taking your emergency kit out with you. Most of the time you may be fine but when you are out enjoying yourself and a leak hits, then you are stuck and may have to leave the event to change your pouch.
This has happened to me a few times and recently with all the events I have done this year I have not wanted to take this chance. I now keep my emergency kit in my bag for the ‘just in case’ moments. Luckily, I have not used it yet since taking it with me regularly this year but it helps provide me with some confidence that it is there if I need it.
So what is actually in my kit?
It seems to be that most of my products are from Coloplast and this isn’t on purpose. I acquired the charter hanging hook bag when I went to the 'Purple Wing's Ball' last year as a free gift. I love it and find it is small enough to fit in my handbag, it’s discreet and everything fits in it. I like that there is a hook so there is an option to hang it up if needed.
In my emergency kit I have:
- 1 Coloplast SenSura Mio Concave Drainable Pouch
- 1 Coloplast SenSura Mio Deep Convex Urostomy Pouch
- 1 Brava protective seal
- Brava adhesive remover wipes (I don’t use this all the time)
- Sample barrier wipes (again not all the time)
- Dry wipes
- Black bags
- Charter water spray
- 4 Brava base plate extenders
- Brava Powder (if I need it)
- Dioralyte (in case I am dehydrated)
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Alcohol gel
- 1 sachet of sugar (if no ice is available I may use this to help my prolapse go in when I am changing the bag)
Everybody is different and all emergency kits will be different. We all have our preferred products regarding supporting products and pouches that we find works for us. Some ostomates may decide not to take any spare supplies with them but others prefer to have them with them, again that is down to the individual. I guess it is finding out what works for you and helps you.
Since Steve has been trialling the Coloplast SenSura Mio Concave Pouch he doesn’t take any spares with him anymore because he feels confident that he will not have a leak. I believe it is harder for men because they don’t always carry a pouch with them and this may be difficult taking supplies with them. Steve used to put a pouch in his back pocket, a disposable bag and dry wipes. However, Eric from VeganOstomy wrote a brilliant post about his emergency stoma kit and how he gets around it which you can read here
If you are a new ostomate, I suggest you take an emergency kit with you when you go out especially if you are trialling different pouches to see what works for you. Having this will give you the confidence to take that leap to leave the house and socialise again.
I would love to see what other ostomates emergency kit’s look like so if you are happy to share a photo of your kit I could add to the end of this post :)