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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
  I am back from Thailand and I survived!
My skin is a mess, the heat and the sweat made my appliance very itchy and I had to change the flange almost every day, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
  I have added some pictures to Photobucket.
I dont have any full body shots as I was the one taking pictures all the time.
   I had no problem swimming or lazing on the beach and felt very comfortable in my 2 piece suit.  I found some great board shorts that were high rise and used a band-aid to cover the small bit of my appliance that showed.
I flew via Japan and believe that the PM of Japan must have IBD - the toilets had buttons that allowed you to play noise to cover any sounds and they had a special room with 'ostomate facilities'.
I wish Canada was as sensitive!

Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6 12+ months.

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/29/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Angela--glad to hear you had a great time!!! Being able to travel is the BEST feeling...that is too funny about the toilets in Japan, I think I may have to go to see THOSE!

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 94
   Posted 9/29/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
wow, that's so cool about the japanese bathrooms! i have never heard anything like that. i'm somewhat surprised because i live in an area that is a good 70% asian and the majority of people i know go to japan almost every summer. i think singing toilets would at least come into conversation, but apparently not.

glad you had a good time :)
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 9/30/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   


Glad you had a great time and that you didn't let your skin reaction get you down. Can your doctor prescribe some Nystatin powder for you? That and Calmoseptine ointment seem to help me.

Thanks for posting the pictures on our photobucket page. You and your boyfriend are a cute couple. :-) Those high tech toilets are funny and to have a special area for "ostomates" is amazing! I got a kick out of the drawing of the guy with a little cross on his stomach where the stoma is. tongue

Sounds like it was an amazing trip!


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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