Early tomorrow morning we will leave for a week-long beach vacation. How early is still to be seen. My lovely husband has this elaborate fantasy of making it out of the house and being on the road by 6:00 a.m. I just look at our two little monkey boy children, smile, and let him dream his dream. At any rate, we will at some point arrive at our destination where we are set to spend a week with family at the beach. The house we are staying in looks to be amazing and gorgeous. Right on the beach! I'm really excited.
I'm also excited because this will be a big test of my carefully cultivated ostomy management skills. There will be many challenges and I'm looking forward to seeing what the outcomes will be. I'll be facing the whole swim suit thing head on. There will be time spent in the pool, a hot tub (maybe? not sure how much I'll want to be in there depending upon the temps), and in the ocean. I am also planning to run on the beach. There is the added bonus of my first major car trip with an ostomy. Lots and lots to tackle head on. I'm interested to see how it goes.
The one thing I am doing to put myself at ease is over-packing. I have plenty of clothes and we have access to laundry so if there is an "incident" I will be fine. I'm also taking along a ridiculous amount of ostomy supplies so if I end up needing to change my appliance more frequently it won't be a big deal. I am now very confident with my Sure Seals and paste set up, so I'm not too worried about having leaks, etc. My goal was to plan, pack, and then relax. I think I'm ready!