I think many of us can commiserate with you. I've had accidents too. In time I learned to know the signs of when an episode was about
to erupt. One time I cut it too close, I was shopping in downtown Chicago (I'm from Ohio), I was thankfully alone, my sisters-in-law elsewhere in Macy's. I was on the basement level and I remembered the ladies bathroom there had many, many stalls. But I had to walk there to use one. I walked very fast suspecting the gut rumbling meant D, I started going in my pants as I walked but I made before I had to buy new clothes. I found a stall in an off shoot area of this very large womens restroom. And had to sit there for about
2 hours. Until I was depleted of all stool. Had I not been wearing a pad, I would have soiled my clothes. I would have had to call a family member to quickly go pay for underwear and pants for me.
Since then, I have gone to the bathroom at the very first sign of trouble, in time maybe you'll find what works for you, something to tip you off that you should just sit there and see if anything happens.
Sorry to read you are reluctant about
using public bathrooms. If you don't mind, I'd like to gently encourage you to use them ALL the time, no matter where you are, if you only need to do for a quick #1, maybe if you used them as often as I do, you wouldn't have a hesitation to use one when you have D about
I feel for you, try your best to remain calm when this happens.
After that episode in the out of town Macy's, I left, took a cab back to our hotel, took a bath, changed clothes, had to throw away my underwear, didn't want to pack soiled ones, ewwww. I didn't really feel well after that episode. It was my last trip (they go every fall), I just can't risk it, I need a bathroom too many times per day.
*Edit* Forgot to add, I wear Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight pads, they come in a black package with purple lettering I think, they are very long with wings, the wings fan out wide in the very back of the pad, just under the area where you might need a pad next time if you think you may have an accident. They're not for this purpose, like Depends would be, but I find they are just enough for me, and a comfort to know I have something on if I need it. That day at Macy's, had it not been for the pad, I would have had a real mess on my hands, I did have minor staining on the sides of my underwear crotch, but not terribly, I was able to hail a cab and I don't think I reeked of any offensive smell. I highly recommend these pads to anyone who had IBS issues.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 8/10/2013 8:37:25 PM (GMT-6)