How good are you at Multi-tasking?

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hspenser
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   Posted 9/9/2008 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Just noticed this morning that I have become quite the multi-tasker....
 
My office is about 50 feet away from the closest bathroom...and there is only one sitting stall in there...when nature calls I have to heed quickly or risk doing the duck walk past about 20 office support staff....or even worse having an accident.
 
Problem is I spend a lot of time in meetings or on the phone so even when I feel the urge I find myself holding off because I don't want to cut the meeting short or drag the phone into the bathroom....well......this morning I was on the phone long distance with an emergency call (one of my responsibilities is dealing with the first responders and Emergency folks who deal with disasters)...I tried to stick it out but the need to go won out and I had to...while taking an order....quickly duck walk to the bathroom....pen and paper in hand....I get into the john (thank God it is clear) so all in about 5 seconds, I put the phone between shoulder and ear, right hand grabs stall door and locks it while left hand gets the belt, undoes the pant button, clasp thing and zipper, then while still holding the pen and paper I am able to hold up pants, grab some TP and wipe the seat off just in case....and just in time to get seated....alll the while still talking to my client.  He did ask what the noise was...I told him it was just background noise......
 
Now those are my multi-tasking skills...what are yours?
 
 
Side note;  another funny thing about this episode is that while sitting there one of the office managers comes in and uses the urinal...it is one those kind with the electronic eye that auto-flushes when you walk away.  Well he hears me on the phone, knows the urinal is a very loud flusher so even after he finishes his business he stands there until I hang up so as to not give away our location to the customer....now that is thinking on your feet.


dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old

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justjenjen
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   Posted 9/9/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL!!

Sniper
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I would have probably dropped the phone in the toilet,,,then they would have really wondered what the noise was.
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hspenser
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper said...
I would have probably dropped the phone in the toilet,,,then they would have really wondered what the noise was.

funny you should say that.......A story of failed multi-tasking:.....
 
I wear glasses...and when I go I usually take the glasses off and put them in my shirt pocket or hang them on my collar if I am wearing a T-shirt.  So just this Sunday as I finished up my business I stood up, saw a piece of paper on the bathroom room floor, turned and bent to pick it up....at the same time I reached over and flushed the toilet...as i was bending and the water/mess was swirling my glasses slipped from my front pocket and dropped into the bowl....just as the last of the water went down the pipe.  It was enough pressure and water to take the glasses with it into the trap.
 
I looked things over and figured that the only thing to do was to take the entire toilet up off its seal and hope the glasses had not made the entire loopty loop.  Lucky for me our oldest son was over and ...after he, his wife and my wife quit laughing....he suggested trying to hook it out with a snake.  We gave it a try and BINGO they popped right up.  I doused them in two cups of alcohol for 10 minutes...then washed them twice with anti-b soap.  As I walked out of the bathroom wearing my now sparkling glasses my wife looked at me and said "Please don't ever complain again about not being able to see sh_t"
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old


aoccc
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I do know this..if I had someone so dedicated to me as a client that they wouldn't get off the phone with me to goto the bathroom, I would be pretty darn impressed. Maybe you should have told him you were in the bathroom lol.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)


Zanne
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Since the bathroom at my work is on the second floor and I am on the first, that particular multi-task is not one I can do. But at home, I can't tell you how many times I have had to run to the bathroom and have chat while on the throne. I usually just close the top and return later for the flush, since it does get hard to explain, unless it is a family member and then they all understand!
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope the noise they heard was the flush not the poop!
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Nanners
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I admire your tenacity. But I have such a problem with such loud and long gas everytime I go, the other party would have definetly knew what I was doing:)
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


pb4
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it goes with having IBD, I can get a few things accomplished while on the toilet... and it made potty training my 2 kids when they were little a breeze too, that would be about the only benefit to having this DD.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Matthew
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   Posted 9/9/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL. I was never really good at juggling. Been improving lately, after getting a promotion last may..

Matthew

CrankyDurnit
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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol. You deserve an award for that one. I have gotten good at being sneaky and no one knowing if I'm in the bathroom while on the phone. I feel like a secret agent.
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