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    Keeping the abdominal wall very clean is important once someone has an augment and catheterizes through an umbilical stoma. I would be concerned about any bowel bacteria migrating from the colostomy site, however inadvertently, that could either lead to cross-contamination of the catheterization site or even from inadvertent contact with one's hand which would then lead to contamination of the catheter.

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    My mitro stoma is lower right abdomen, not umbilical. If colostomy was on left, I could keep them very separate, I think. Do you have a colostomy, Crags?
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    Colostomy; ?seems like you 're just substituting one problem with another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim C. View Post
    Colostomy; ?seems like you 're just substituting one problem with another?
    How so?
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    I'm C5-6 and got a colostomy 10-11 years ago. No more long BP nights, no more accidents that I can't mange. I've had my bag leak several times and have been able to handle cleanup myself, whether I'm in a bathroom or in a hunting blind in the woods. I recently switched to a newer bag and haven't had any leakage in 3 months.
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    I'm a c7, 29 years post SCI, and got mine in 1994. I have no regrets. It isn't perfect but is very doable. It is a serious quality of life improver in my book.

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    I've had my colostomy for 4 years. I'm a c3c4 quad. It takes less than 5 minutes to change. I can't explain how much easier it is vs a bowel routine. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alissa View Post
    How so?
    From what I see, unless you can perform your own care for it you're only creating a maintenance issue for yourself.
    It does not prevent constipation, only puts the shit up front, not "behind"

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    It's no game changer for quads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim C. View Post
    It's no game changer for quads.
    It was a game changer for me, and I suspect many other quads from what I've read on this site over the years. Do you have one/ I'm curious why you say that?
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