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    Bowel accident clean up tip

    Another accident last night. Doesn't happen often but I was reminded that having done this for many (many!) years I had implemented a short cut which makes the clean up feel more manageable. I cut the underwear off and discard. Somehow this simple step makes a difference in how I feel about the process. Prior to this with the soaking etc needed to clean up the underwear for reuse it seemed more involved, grosser. So I throw this out for your consideration...

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    Brilliantly simple idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelpa123 View Post
    Another accident last night. Doesn't happen often but I was reminded that having done this for many (many!) years I had implemented a short cut which makes the clean up feel more manageable. I cut the underwear off and discard. Somehow this simple step makes a difference in how I feel about the process. Prior to this with the soaking etc needed to clean up the underwear for reuse it seemed more involved, grosser. So I throw this out for your consideration...
    sounds like good advice, but i quit wearing underwear before my accident
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    I would recommend this Good tip to those who wear night pull ups as it does make a big difference in cleaning up .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GL View Post
    I would recommend this Good tip to those who wear night pull ups as it does make a big difference in cleaning up .
    Won't pull ups increase the likeliness of having sores?
    My mouth is like a magician's hat, never know what might come out of it.

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    Have done this a few times, works great!
    Shorts-$4.99
    Not having poo smeared from one end to the other-priceless
    c3/c4, injured 2007

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    Or this is how I look at it -
    Shorts- $4.99
    Retaining my sanity - priceless!

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    Underwear? I'm a quad....Quads don't wear underwear.

    Good tip, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerun View Post
    Underwear? I'm a quad....Quads don't wear underwear.

    Good tip, though!
    Huh? Sorry for the ignorance, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    Huh? Sorry for the ignorance, why?
    I'm sure this isn't a complete list for why quads might not wear underwear but here goes:

    - It's one more layer in getting dressed (time, energy, ...)
    - It's one more thing that can cause an occasional problem with a leg bag system
    - A lot of quads get dressed for the day once and have a hard time adjusting their clothes throughout the day (for example my pants can drop a few inches by the end of the day; underwear would complicate this even more and could be riding me in various ways if I do a lot of transfers)
    - when you have an accident it's one more layer you have to deal with
    - as a SCI individual you're probably sitting all day so is the support that underwear provides really that valuable?
    - for quads straddling the total independence line (in a multitude of ways) it's just easier to keep your life as simplified as possible and underwear can be just another unneccesary thing
    - quads are usually taught this in rehab

    Sorry Prerun, if I stepped in and answered a question that was intended for you.

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