Traveling Frustrations!

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Marsky
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   Posted 1/6/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Feel free to add your own.....

There's a beautiful area in Southeast Ohio called Hocking Hills (gorge formed from retreated glaciers, hiking trails, caves, waterfalls, rock formations - just stunning!). We used to visit once a year but our family got busy as our daughters entered high school. Now both are in college and I've love to rent a cabin in this region again. There are even more available than oh 8 or so years ago. I found a beautiful cabin, built with large groups in mind - 2 bedrooms, but also a loft with futon, and a lower level game room (full sized pool table, etc.). As I'm reading about this 3 level cabin, complete with several TV's to boot, I read in tiny print...

One full bathroom!

One!

This is my main traveling frustration! If I had my way hotel rooms and 2 bedroom cabins would offer 1 full bath with 1/2 bath. All I ever want are two toilets (when traveling with our entire family).

Do you have any traveling frustrations? You must! I've been known to use hotel lobby bathrooms quite a bit on trips. I also grow frustrated when they are not provided either!

Mary
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


Lady Frog
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   Posted 1/6/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Even before my tummy troubles I used to get frustrated with rest stop bathrooms. You pull into the parking lot and it has enough spots for 100 cars and entire row for just semi's to get in there and it only has 4 stalls! I mean hello? I mean it's one thing for like the bookstore or a grocery store to only have a few stalls because people don't go there to use the bathroom. But most people go into the rest stop with the intent to use the bathroom. Or the smaller ones where it's just a McDonald's with two stalls and the line is almost out the door because there is no other bathroom for the next hundred miles.

Marsky, I'm looking at new apartments. Almost all of the two bedrooms in my price range have a bath and a half. To have a large cabin only have one bathroom is nuts. The place I like is only 850 sqft and it boasts more then one bathroom. I'm a 3 to 1 person when it comes to bathrooms. If it's designed to hold 12 people then there should be at least 3 bathrooms minimum. Doesn't even have to be full bathrooms but a toilet and sink would be nice. My aunt's house has a half bath that used to be a linen closet. They don't take up that much room.

7Lil
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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
This isn't really travel related, but definitely 1 bathroom related...

I had a boyfriend for years who, in our last couple years of dating, bought a house with only 1 bathroom. I actually tried to talk him out of the house just because I feared staying there with him with only 1 bathroom.

Bathrooms have become a phobia among us IBSers. It sucks. It's an added stresser we don't need.
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Marsky
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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
If my husband and I ever have a new house built again, my dream would be to have two plumbing lines to the street, not one, and that would be expensive I know but also a row of stalls. I joke he can even stash one in the basement next to the hot water heater, I don't mind.

Now what I'm about to tell you will sound like I am a gambler but I'm not, my husband enjoys playing black jack once or twice a year. He entices me into the trip by eating out (horray, I don't have to cook!). First time I walked into a casino public restroom I thought I had died and gone to Heaven! So many rows of stalls, with full length doors, plenty of TP AND a bathroom attendant (now that was a bit much but nice all the same). This bathroom was the size of half my entire house - at least 1200 square foot! I came back to the table and said - you know how I like some rest stops (the ones in Ohio and surrounding states are actually fairly decent) because there are lots of stalls? He laughed and said - and now you like Casino restrooms? LOL Bingo I said.......funny thing is if I did like gambling, it wouldn't be a bad place to spend an afternoon. You'd be guaranteed a stall!

Thanks for your replies Lady Frog and Lil. Never thought my life would revolve around a toilet! But it does....sigh.

I sent an email to the cabin's owner/manager. Asking if this large cabin offers more than one bathroom. Basically trying to make a point, I'll admit it. He said and I quote "my family of 6 manage just fine with 1 bathroom and so far we haven't had any complaints." I guess they stay in this rental from time to time. I just thought - okie dokie, rent a large cabin for 8 but with only bathroom and for 2 guests - no thank you. It would be way too expensive. And if you took another couple along, 2 bathrooms would be ideal even w/o IBS issues!

Oh well.....
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

Post Edited (Marsky) : 1/6/2009 3:38:43 PM (GMT-7)


Lady Frog
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Marsky, I love casino bathrooms. I have one just across the border( it's a 20 minute round trip between here and Canada if the crossing is playing nice) and I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I didn't even have IBS then and I loved it. Like you said full doors, two extra rolls of TP per stall and it was even one of those ones where it had two sides to it with two rows of five stalls on each side! And this was only one of the bathrooms on the floor. There were three bathrooms per floor and four floors. And you could actually move around in the stalls without banging your elbow. But to me the best part was the little air fresheners. Casinos really know how to make a person feel comfortable.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/7/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Marsky - is this cabin out in the woods? Could squatting like a bear be an emergency back up option? Just knowing it is available might put your mind at ease. Maybe you could bring a bucket lined w/ grocery bags and keep in your bedroom? In an emergency use, tie off, and throw in a dumpster? Just trying to think of ways you could make it work. Maybe set up a shower schedule where half of you shower at night and half in the morning to reduce the time people have to wait to poop.

I have found that when I have gone to some crowded house parties w/ one bathroom I hardly ever had to wait. No one used it as much as I did lol!
27 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.


missmylife
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveling. Oh how I miss traveling. Before IBS I used to travel all over the world, not worry except where to eat another fabulous lunch and which store to meander through next... Now I see an airport and I'm popping Immodium and Pepto like Tic-Tacs!!!! And forget road trips! Last time I crossed the border to do a little shopping at good old Target I think I spent the majority of the shopping trip in the bathroom. Talk about embarassing.

A good friend of mine is getting married in Italy this summer. It's a place very near and dear to my heart, I lived there for a summer and I would LOVE to go back. I'm dying to go but I'm so scared to say yes. I don't want to spend god knows how much money to spend 2 weeks in a bathroom in Italy. Sigh. It's my dream to get this sorted out in the coming months and get on that plane!!!!

mrmagoo
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea travel sucks when you have IBS, try having IBS & an issue with public restrooms. I have no idea why, or what causes it, but I hate public restrooms of any kind, no matter how clean or large. I am slowly getting over it. We were stuck in the Phoenix airport for nearly 23 hours when our flight was delayed two years ago, I thought I was going to die. We finally found the last hotel in the city, and I was so happy to see a private bathroom.

On a side note, I actually passed on buying a house because it was 2.5 bath. 2 upstairs and then a small half bath built under the stairs which faced the living room. There was no way I wanted to attempt to run up the stairs to make it, or go in that tiny little room right next to where everyone would be spending most of their time.
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