Worrying myself into D

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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hubby and I are hosting a party tonight (and now I'm asking myself why I didn't protest harder). Of course all day I've had gas, cramps, "rumblings" etc. I know by tonight I'll have a real bad case of D --I'm just hoping it happens early and I'll be able to enjoy my own party. I'll take Imodium a bit later (which thankfully does help most of the time).
I've tried all sorts of calming techniques. Years ago I even went to a hypnotist. Nothing seems to help. Yoga, meditation, etc. I don't want to take any Rx though. The less medication in my body, the better is my thinking. However, I always seem to worry myself into a bad case of D.  Has anyone found a way to calm their stomach down under stress?

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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Like you, I stress out for parties too. My family hates the mood I get into when shopping, cleaning, preparing food, etc. for parties. I'm always worried I'm going to forget something! The people I imagine who are critiquing my home and cleaning standards, aren't really here to do that. But I think they are! Silly thoughts right? The one I stressed out so much about last Dec. for our 30+ family xmas day gathering, had trouble opening a bottle of wine, so much so that it sprayed all over her satin blouse, the cork came apart and bits/pieces were floating in the bottle. This happened just as she arrived! She laughed, I laughed and I thought to myself - what the heck am I so stressed out over? LOL

Sometimes you need a small reminder like that relax.

Now here's a trick - imagine it's not today but tomorrow. Imagine how you will feel tomorrow - calm, relieved the party is over, you'll have a clean home (aside from the clean up of cups, plates, garbage, etc.). You can RELAX! So try your best to put your mind there and not on today.

Projecting forward is something I did when in L & D with my two children, I just pretended it was a day, week, month later and the pain wouldn't be going on. I used this trick after recovering from my 5 hour colon resection surgery for rectal cancer (9+ years ago). I would tell myself, 1 week from now I'll be feeling better, 1 month from now....and so forth.

Not to take away from the actual moment but just imagining the calm you'll feel tomorrow, might bring about calm nerves today, when you need them!

I'm sure your party will be a huge success. Just don't drink or eat. Sip, nibble, make it look like you're drinking and eating, but you're not....LOL That's how I get thru a party!


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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your party! The way I look at it... At least you're at home. There's nothing worse than being at a friends house when you have D. Icing on the cake is when there is only 1 bathroom. Do you have more than 1 bathroom at home? (I am keeping my fingers crossed you do.)

I heard just yesterday that visiting a Chiropractor can help "adjust" things. I hear our bodies do funny things when not aligned... the signals get crossed and can cause havock on any 1 of our systems. It might be worth a shot. I heard a testimonial about curing constipation this way, and high blood pressure and even cholesterol. It seems if it works for all that, then it might just work for D. Could this just be a bunch of mumbo-jumbo? Who knows.

P.S. Hooray for Imodium!!! Be careful you don't take too much and end up constipated. I took 1/2 of a pill on Monday and didn't have a BM until yesterday.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the great advice Marsky and Lil. Marsky I will try to keep in mind how much calmer I will feel tomorrow -- and Lil yes, I have 3 bathrooms in the house (one in the master bedroom which is a bit removed from the rest of the house so no one should use it except hubby and me.) And yes, Imodium is something I'm careful with too. Like yourself, even a half pill tends to constipate me.
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