David W posted:
Yes, you can go without a shirt on. I swim, surf, snow ski, and live life like a “normal” person. I empty my bag about 6 times a day, and I change my entire appliance every three to four days. Some people go longer. The entire change takes about 10 minutes. I usually get up once or twice a night to empty my bag. I have no discomfort whatsoever. I’d recommend doing some research on YouTube about living with an ileostomy. One other suggestion: if you have an ostomy support group in your area I’d recommend attending to get other people’s experiences. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Is your bag external?