So, not all people get excited when a new and revolutionary puke bag is invented. But we CVSers do!!! How many of you wrestle with buckets, pails, plastic Wal-Mart bags, Ziplocs, or loud and crackly blue emi-bags when in episodes? How many times have you had one of those bags leak and ruin everyone’s day? How about when it gets full, but you’re still vomiting, and there’s nowhere to place the other bag without spilling the liquid? How many times have you needed a puke bag, but had to reach for the closest substitute. How many times have you gone somewhere, and needed to have a puke bag on you at all times, so you needed to carry a bag or purse to store it, because you can’t fit your puke bag into your pocket. Especially the ladies. What if we dress up and go out on the town? Where will we store our large, bulky items into which we vomit?
Thankfully, there is a brilliant company from France, called Clean Is, that came up with something different. Carebags from CleanIs are the newest thing in the field of containing medical waste. No, I don’t work for this company. I have no reason to promote them whatsoever. But I did stumble across their product, and I couldn’t resist trying it. So I bought some and tested them out upon arrival. They worked so well that I felt the entire CVS community needs to know that they are an option.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. They are freaking awesome! You will never go back, and you will wonder what you ever did before you had these!
- They are small (25cm x 25cm), and made of a material like trash bags. You can fold it up and put it in your pocket, or even stuff it down your bra without it being noticed. They aren’t bulky at all. In fact, you could probably fit a couple in your bra (without increasing cup size lol)! They are discreet, and no one will realize what you are carrying around with you, even if you flash it briefly. So, portability is a huge plus for this product!
- There is a little absorbent pad, able to absorb up to 16 oz. (450 ml) of liquid, which lives inside this small bag. When you first see it, you won’t believe me. Period. You won’t. So just try it and prepare to be amazed…
So, I then proceeded to pour coffee cups full of water into the bag. After the first cup I watched the pad slowly absorb the liquid, and thought, “Oh, ok. It will eventually soak it all up.” I just needed to be a little more patient. By the time I got the 2nd coffee cup of water in the bag, there was no more liquid to be seen, and a small corner of the pad was swollen. I kept going. The pad continued to soak the liquid and became swollen beyond belief. As the pad continued to become saturated, it morphed into a gel type substance and no longer looked like the pad. I fit 10 full coffee cups of water into that bag, before the pad (which had become a huge wad of gel) began to super-saturate. Before the 10th cup, the bag was full of gel. No liquid. I could run my fingers through the substance without getting wet hands. The bag has a draw string closure like a garbage bag. I closed it up and turned it upside-down. Not one drop of liquid or gel leaked!
It’s amazing folks, simply amazing! Also, the gel absorbs the smell of the vomit! So, you can stop worrying about the smell bothering your caregivers, as well as making you need to vomit even more. Also, if you are driving down the road (yes I have been in that situation), or your caregiver is driving you, and you drop it because you can’t hold your arms or head up, it won’t spill and cause a stinky, nasty mess to clean up later! Sooooo cool!
I bought a case of these on Amazon for about $25. Very affordable! But guess what? The company that created the bags, CleanIs (French company) has teamed up with CVSA in efforts to help us raise funds! Click this link for the instructions on how to purchase these through CVSA and Amazon Smile. From now until the end of December, you can go to AmazonSmile to purchase these, and a portion of the cost is donated back to CVSA. Also, the company will give CVSA members a $3 discount on the product to purchase them through the AmazonSmile link, so that CVSA can receive the proceeds. If you haven’t signed up for AmazonSmile yet, you’ll have to go there and designate the CVSA as your charity of choice to receive the proceeds. There is a process to do this, and if you need instructions they are all given in detail here.
This is a great way for CVSA to benefit, but it’s also a great way for US to benefit. These things truly make life as a cyclic vomiter a little bit easier. I truly hope this can help others like me.