I do the same as Zanne, only I were one every time I leave the house. There have been times that this is still not enough protection and I have left unide in trash cans too! I hate it, and am very tired of it...but it is what it is. Until recently I didn't realize that this was affecting me mentally. I never talked to anyone about
it, just tried to keep it hidden. I guess I did not want anyone to feel sorry for me; and also was embarrassed about
the situation. I got to the point that everytime I had to leave the house I would have a panic attack. I have been seeing a counselor adn she has helped me tremendously. Most people are very understanding and I agree RedAdmin; most people admire us for being able to deal with all we deal with. There is nothing we can do, so we might as well let people know up front that we have this DD and this happens sometimes.
Diagnosed 1972 with UC (12 years old); many flares over the years
1994 had my son and became very ill; took 4 years to get the correct diagnosis.
PCP diagnosed with IBS and was down 70lbs. by the time I insisted on seeing a specialist.
1997 Diagnosed with Fistulizing Crohn's
1998 had 1ft. of small intestine removed including terminal illieum, have had constant diarrhea since.
Currently taking imuran, prilosec, synthroid, zoloft, xanax & B12