You might like to use a chart to keep a record of your leakage.
See an example of a completed tick chart 1
Download a simple tick chart 2
Download a chart which you can modify to suit your needs 3
A simple tick chart can give you a handy overview of when you leak. This can be useful:
When discusing your bowel leakage with your health care professional
During treatment to assess changes in number and times of incontinent episodes and stool consistency
To predict when leaks are likely to occur and use the toilet beforehand
To identify when and in what circumstances you need containment products.
Place a tick in the shaded column each time you pass stool in the toilet. Place a cross in the clear column each time you have a bowel leak.
Keep a tick chart for 3 to 7 days to get an idea of frequency and leakage patterns. However, remember that it is not always possible to see any obvious regularity to leakage and individual experiences can vary widely.
You can repeat the chart if your leakage changes e.g. if you have been ill.
You can record bladder and bowel patterns on a single chart but if there is too much information on the chart it can be harder to see leakage patterns.
Date / time – this will allow you to think about the frequency of your leakage and if there is any pattern to it
Estimation of amount – here you can record the amount you leak. This is harder to do accurately than with bladder leakage. Try describing the leakage as 'a little', 'a lot'; alternatively you could use symbols, for example, + or ++ or +++.
What you drink and when
What you were doing when you leaked (such as coughing or standing up)
How well your product contained the leakage
If there were soiled patches on your underwear.
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