Help: passing gas at the work place

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april417
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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope someone can give me advise on this question.  I have been reading through the
thread and I have not found a answer that really fits.
I had a TC in Feb of 2007, with some problems after the surgery.
I'm starting a new job this week and I am passing some smelly gas alot and I can't
hold it in.  I am also going to the bathroom about approx. 10-15xs a day.
How do I explain to my office manager and co-workers about this issue.
 
Has anyone taken immedum to help with frequent stool and gas?
 
Anything would help.  Thanks
 
Happy Healthy New Year to all my family here !!!!
Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                                       Bi-polar since 1994
synthroid, Lamictal 300mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 200mg,
Diazepam 20mg, ambien 10mg use to be on ambien CR


peggy113
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   Posted 12/31/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
April,

First off, you need to figure out what is causing the gas. Do you drink carbonated beverages, do you drink thru a straw, do you chew gum, do you snoke cigarettes, do you eat spicy foods, or any veggies in the cabbage family (ie cauliflower, brocolli, brussel sprouts), or in the bean family? These are some common gas producers.

Yes, I take Imodium and it does work for me. I've taken both Lomotil and Imodium. Lomotil did not agree with my sensitive stomach tho, so I am on the Imodium and have been for many years. It would be worth a try to slow things down a bit.

I believe others have taken Gas X for gas issues. I cannot comment on this since I never have. I think Cecilia (flchurchlady) uses it when needed tho.

Good luck on your new job!! Congrats!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


vette guy
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   Posted 12/31/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Peggy. Audit what you are eating and when you eat. You'll probably notice a pattern regarding gas. Going to the bathroom 15 times a day must be an exxageration, but going a few times a day is normal. Regarding gas and holding it in; there is a way to sit and stand that will help to muffle the noise your ostomy makes. Unfortunately, it's had to explain in an email. Just an FYI, I hold a very high profile position, and in the 18 years I've had an ostomy I have never had a problem with audible gas in a quite boardroom. Now as far as  coworkers are concerned, I have never told any coworkers about my ostomy...ever! This is not to say that i'm ashamed of it. Quite the contrary. When it comes to business your private issues are personal and as long as they have no effect on your performance, your ostomy is nobody's business. Also, people react differently to that kind of news. Some might have no negative reaction, while others may look at you as damaged goods and this could have an effect on advancement opportunities. The choice is yours.
 
Good luck at the new job.

april417
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   Posted 12/31/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
should I at least tell my office manager.  I'm bring a care package with me.
Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                                       Bi-polar since 1994
synthroid, Lamictal 300mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 200mg,
Diazepam 20mg, ambien 10mg use to be on ambien CR


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/31/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
i always take two gas-x pills before i leave for work or someplace, you can take up to four a day, and they last a long time. Why is the smell coming out?
Also, be sure that you don't allow yourself to get hungry, that makes more gas. Eat small amounts of something. I haven't noticed that anything, save for broccoli and corn stuff, like frosted flakes or something, gives me extra gas, but it is diff for everyone. maybe you could take a sweater or something and lay it against your stomach, if you have a sit down job
good luck

Amey
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   Posted 1/2/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
April had a total colectomy and strggles because she has so many BMs in a day. She also has an extreme amount of gas. Her husband lost his job a while ago and now April has had to seek employment.

April - please correct me if any of this is incorrect.

I follow April's posts often. My heart goes out to her constantly. I only wish I had words of comfort that could help her through this difficult time.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


life scar
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   Posted 1/2/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello April,

I can totally sympathise with you, I had a reversal done in July 2007 and am still have problems with frequent BMs you certainly are not exaggerating when you say how many times you need to go to the toilet, I go at least 8 - 15 times a day and also have embarrasing moments with wind on occasion, it can't be held in and although cannot be heard the smell is just dreadful!   I have carefully monitored what I eat and don't drink fizzy drinks but still no help so I would certainly appreciate if anyone can help you as they would also be helping me. 

Good luck with everything, I get by by telling myself it won't last forever  (hopefully)

Life Scar


april417
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   Posted 1/2/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Amey

You are such a sweetheart.  It means alot to me that you remember my problems. I never had someone be so supportive and understanding, not even my husband. I didn't start my new job today because I've been sick since christmas. I went to the doctors today and they said I had a really bad sinus infection and possible pneumia, he sent me for a x-ray but it was ok.  My new manager was very understanding and said it was ok to start no later them Monday with a doctors note.  Everyone in my family has been sick, no flu yet, hope I didn't speak to soon.

I can't thank you enough Amey for being there for me through everything.

THANK YOU :-)


Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                                       Bi-polar since 1994
synthroid, Lamictal 300mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 200mg,
Diazepam 20mg, ambien 10mg use to be on ambien CR


ME!
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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
April,

Just thinking of you. Hope things are working out on the job for you.

TC
Kim

Amey
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks April for your kind words. I am sure most of us can relate to each other more than our spouses. My husband tries to sympathize...he pats my head like a dog and says "there, there." I know he is trying to relate to me but he just can't.

How are you doing? Can you remind me of your upcoming appts with your surgeon or doctor? I remember that you have something scheduled. I just cannot recall what it is.

Have a great weekend.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


april417
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   Posted 1/4/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Amey,
Nothing is schudled for doctors, I was holding off until we had benefits.
I am starting a new job on Monday, really scared.
 
Are things going well with you?
 
 
Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                                       Bi-polar since 1994
synthroid, Lamictal 300mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 200mg,
Diazepam 20mg, ambien 10mg use to be on ambien CR


peggy113
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   Posted 1/7/2008 7:58 PM (GMT 0)   
So, April, how is the new job going for you?

Just was thinking about you and thought I'd drop a shout out to ya.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


april417
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 1/8/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Peggy,

I haven't started my new job yet, I've been really sick with a sinus infection.  I can't drive because I'm to dizzy.  I'm not sure if they will hold the job for me, I know they wanted someone to start asap. so far they have been understanding.

How are things with you?


Apri
 
 
                                   Total Coletomy Feb. 07
                                       Bi-polar since 1994
synthroid, Lamictal 300mg, cymbalta 90mg, Trazodone 200mg,
Diazepam 20mg, ambien 10mg use to be on ambien CR

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