Uh oh- Couldn't figure out the toilet

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   Posted 8/19/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
So my in-laws are in town and we took a nice trip to the beach.  We stopped at a little road side farm to get some home made sandwiches to bring with us.  Once we got there I felt the call of nature.  It didn't look like a place that would have a public bathroom but I didn't care.  It wasn't D but it was urgent.  So I asked for a bathroom and was told there was one by the roosters next to the barn.  Anticipating an outhouse I prepared for the worst and was relieved when I saw a modern looking toilet and TP but no sink or anything.  Turns out the toilet was one of those new composting toilets that turns the waste into fertilizer.  So I lifted up the lid and the distance between my butt and what was going to catch my waste did not look like it was far enough.  If looked like I would be going right on some cover or something.  So there was a crank on the bottom right and I started to turn it.  As I turned it someone elses used TP came up.  I figured at that point that I was supposed to just turn the crank until I got a clean spot and then go.  I tried turning the crank just to make sure there wasn't a hole I was supposed to aim for.  So I went number 1 first just as a test and it seemed to go down.  So then I went number two.  And it filled it up the little spot SO fast.  I started to turn the crank and it would only go so far.  When I turned it back the other way my number 2 was still there.  So I just turned it so it wouldn't show and called it good.  I just fear that I used it completely wrong and left a pile on some cover or something that some poor farmer is going to have to clean up.  I told my hubby I was worried and he said "it was someone elses problem now."  He had a point that if they were going to have a complicated toilet they should have instructions on how to use it.  So can anyone assure me I used it properly?
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
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Lady G
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   Posted 8/19/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
all I gotta say is....WOW....and I hope I don't run into a toilet like that for sure.
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   Posted 8/19/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
That was a great story for a good laugh. I pictured myself doing that---and I projected alot of swear words coming out of my mouth. But I think your hubby is right, if a toilet is going to be that complicated it better come with instructions. :)
30 yr. old dx with CD 10 years ago. Currently on folic acid and azulfadine.  Had ileum removed and resection May 2007.  Just started back to work after being off 13 weeks.  Still feeling lousy.  In the process of trying to get approved to start Humira ASAP!!!!  It scares me immensely!!!!
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   Posted 8/19/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fritzy Sure hope that Mother load made you feel better and the fertilizer will probably get made one way or the other.Tell hubby that it certainly sounds like he's on the right track. lol gail ps. Hope you enjoyed your day I had a great time at the beach a couple of weeks ago the swimming was very relaxing.

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   Posted 8/19/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   

OMG ewww.  Now I am a farm girl and I know all about cow manure, but human?

ICK I once had to visit a sewage treatment plant in college and they would do all these things to turn it into fertilizer, that was gross but at least it was a process.

I hope I never come upon such a toilet although I suppose a toilet crank in hand beats a bush.

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   Posted 8/19/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
see if this link works. It explains things. All I can say is can you imagine doing this everytime....?
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   Posted 8/19/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't laugh out loud at much - I'm a tough audience. But this one really gave me a chuckle. Thanks for sharing!

Undiagnosed symptoms for many years. Dx w/ Crohn's in 12/06. Sm. Bowel resection (60cm.) 1/07
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   Posted 8/19/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, when I go, I like to see it go. Away that is.

When I was in India, I used restrooms all the time where there was no toilet paper, no toilet seat, and no automatic flushing. You would squat over this porcelain basin carved into the floor or ground, do your stuff, and then fill up a bucket with water to wash it down. There would usually be a hose or biday (sp?) that you would use to wash your butt with your LEFT hand. It's very important to know this, because when you go out to eat, that same left hand stays in your lap. It's very rude to use your left hand to eat. Of course I usually carried toilet paper around and didn't do the wash your butt with your hand thing.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the video. It does confirm my fear though. The crank is only supposed to be turned every few weeks. I think someone before me turned it, then threw in tp or something and the crank got jammed. So I probably went on the drum instead of in the hole. (periodically turn the crank to rotate the drum) or whatever they said. I didn't see any hole. If it was just at the beach where a public bathroom is expected I wouldn't care so much. It was at the farm stand/sandwhich shack along the way which was run out of someones cute little house. I still think there should have been instructions but I do feel terribly sorry if I made a mess. I wouldn't want them to have "NO" bathroom in the future. And, its not like there was even anyone around for me to ask instructions to. The woman took sandwhich orders and then disapeered into her house to make them. Oh well, just another memory to repress.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
I started getting a ton of junkmail after putting my myspace profile link on here.  Im taking it off but if you want to contact me just email me and Ill give you a link to my myspace.  Sorry!

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   Posted 8/20/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Fitzy I always tell myself in those situations "Just remember, you will never see them again". Keep me from having to do too many memory repressions. LOL
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.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Aw Fitzy! This just shows that you are not a callous uncaring person. Think about that instead of dwelling on something was wrong. You tried to do the right thing!

Now I have to say I giggled at the thought of "not knowing how to go to the bathroom". Ironic that we CDers should know everything about the potty or often think we do.
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   Posted 8/28/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
reduce...re-use....recycle! right?

i wonder if the veggies in the sandwiches you ate were grown with "all-natural fertilizer"

that's taking the whole "organic" thin to a new level, huh?

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   Posted 8/28/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I worried about the same thing but didn't think of it until a few days later.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
I started getting a ton of junkmail after putting my myspace profile link on here.  Im taking it off but if you want to contact me just email me and Ill give you a link to my myspace.  Sorry!

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   Posted 8/28/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
It should have been left for 1 whole year before its applied to any soil, I've been watching a show from the Uk called "its not easy being green" and they build a composting toilet.

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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for a really good laugh! I know it wasn't funny for you, but I will certainly make it a point to avoid this particular contraption.

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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy, you did better than I would have. I probably would have joined in with the chickens instead. I've seen those incinerator toilets, but never a composting toilet where it's used for fertilizer later. I thought there were laws against such a thing (unless it's been through a sewer treatment facility where it's no longer considered raw sewage)! Proves what I know.
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