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   Posted 9/11/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Saturday at 8am
I have to take the ACT at my school and its like 3 or 4 hours
and im really nervous that my stomach is gonna be upset and im gonna be really gassy and my biggest fear is that my stomach will make those wierd gas noices that are so embarrising and the worst thing is that the room ill be in is gonna be dead silent!
does anyone have any suggestions i could do so i wont have any gas/stomach problems?? Im already just gonna eat turkey sandwiches till then..

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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   

I know this is hard at your age but lots of your peers will also have nervous stomachs that day, so try to laugh it off if you get the grumblies.  I am fully aware of how embarrassing it feels to have fellow students know entirely too much about your GI tract (I had to leave an anatomy lecture twice today to go have diarrhea; it's hard not to be conspicuous when you're leaving the middle of a huge lecture hall) - but the more you think about it, the worse it will be.  So definitely don't worry too much.  Besides, those other kids will have much more to worry about than the sound of your tummy!

Beyond that, eat a light breakfast, go easy on the gas-producing foods (broccoli, etc.) for a few days before the big day, take a Beano or something to relieve any gassiness, and kick some butt on that test!

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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
good news!
i just got back from takin my ACT
and i had no problems at all!
i was really nervous this morning and last night and i had a nervous stomach kinda but when i got to school i was ok!
my stomach grumbled a few times but they were those ones that only we can hear when it happens to us

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear that you had no problems!! It sounds like the anxiety of the anticipation affected you more than the actual day/test. Its really a lesson in life too that we can handle anything we put our minds to.

And good for you for taking the test!! :-)
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