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julee70
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   Posted 3/21/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wearing a pair of slip-on shoes the other day (like clogs) and I was in a public bathroom. I went to use my foot to push to flush and nearly lost my shoe into the bowl. Fortunately, there was no one around to hear me laughing at myself. I thought I'd anticipated every kind of bathroom accident. Here was a whole new thing to worry about!!

I've already thought about keeping extra underwear in my car, but I hadn't considered that I might need a shoe too.
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Lol! I always use my foot to flush in public bathrooms, too!
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Three!!! :-)  / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

quincy
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   Posted 3/21/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I use my hand but with toilet paper.

Another reason why washing hands is important..just imagine how much "bacteria, etc" is on that handle from people using their feet.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
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~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Beth75
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   Posted 3/21/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
lol, that is so funny, I too use my foot in public bathrooms.......glad I am not alone. Also, I throw away the first few sheets of tp, b/c I don't know if someone's hand touched it when they ripped off the end of it and don't want to be wiping myself w/their germs on the tp.
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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I do that too. And touch all knobs, locks and paper towel dispensers only with paper covering it. They are very germy places.
I was on my phone in a restroom in a courtroom by Jury Duty and watched as only 3 out of about 15 people even stopped to wash their hands before leaving!!
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expecting226
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   Posted 3/21/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Quincy. I touch the handle but with toilet paper. I also touch the faucet and door knobs only with paper towels. Too many germs for me.

Since we are discussing gross bathroom stuff, I will also share a little story.

One of the grossest things I have ever encountered was to be in the work bathroom at the same time as my secretary... only to watch her leave the bathroom without washing her hands. 5 minutes later, she came into my office eating M&Ms and asked me if I wanted one out of her hand. My stomach did a somersault. :) This is awful, but now I use hand sanitizer after every encounter with her where I touch something she hands me. I'm continually grossed out by it.
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pb4
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   Posted 3/21/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use my foot to flush, especially in really dirty public toilets, but I stopped because I figured I was just adding to the grossness left behind by doing that and I use toilet paper on the handle instead...

I also rip off the first bit of TP from the roll, for the same reason, not knowing who touched it last....I do the same with using the paper towels for touching the taps and door handle.

We/I sound obsessed over bacteria eh!!

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Sara14
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   Posted 3/21/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
expecting - So, did you eat an M&M? lol. That is super disgusting. I have a similar co-worker story. The toilet in my office was broken a few weeks ago and we had to flush it by reaching our hand in the back of the toilet, with all the yucky toilet water in it. Well, I still couldn't get it to flush so I asked a co-worker to look at it. She reached her hand in the toilet, then quick (like 1 second) rinsed her hands with water and dried them, then returned to work. No soap. It was nasty. Then, a week later, we had a work open house with lots of our advertisers invited. She was making punch and stuck her fingers in the big punch bowl to see if it was cold enough.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 3/21/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Gross tales! Alas, I can add MY workplace observation. There is a 40-ish woman who never washes her hands when using the staff restroom. It just happens that she handles very valuable books in a closed collection at a university library. She is also one of the biggest gossips on the staff. I've been thinking that some creative person should figure out how to alert the grapevine to her poor hygiene so that it can become part of the gossip she loves to spread & boomerang back to her. THAT would be poetic justice! What bugs me even more than the workplace/public facilities grubs, though, are medical staff who do not wash hands between patients' exams. I really think that there is too much reliance on disposable gloves. With all the cases of H.pylori & C.difficile cropping up, doctors should be scrubbing regularly & insisting that other staffers with patient contact do, too. / Old Hat

julee70
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   Posted 3/21/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Ack. I knew that I was probably opening up a discussion about the "foot flush"! I wonder whether I shouldn't do it at work. Is it bad? Maybe everyone else is doing it. I might need to ask around.

I noticed that I work with a lot of people who all use paper towel to open the door on their way out... so I figure that I can touch the handle safely since no one else seems to touch it with their bare hands.

I have never witnessed the exit-without-handwashing, although I have seen the one-hand-wash, which I think is pretty funny. (That's the people who think that you should just wash the hand you used. I'll admit to doing that in my own home but not in public!) :)

Old Hat -- are there really medical staff who don't wash between patients? I find that appalling even if they are using gloves.
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quincy
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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever taken a look at the walls of a stall while sitting in there? When the whole picture is taken into context. I guess using a foot to flush isn't the worst thing. I'm not saying your work is like that...but for goodness sakes...I don't even want to guess what some of the stuff on the walls are. No one seems to ever clean them...ever....and they're so small now-a-days that it's hard to maneuver in them just to get in and out.

It's hit and miss.

Speaking of hand washing...my husband and I were in a local family-type restaurant which has a large clientelle of elderly people who live in the area. He used the the washroom before we left.. and an older gentleman in there who definitely had a bm.. although he flushed...he didn't wash his hands.

Makes us both grossed out about that stuff.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


EricaM
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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a boss who's cell phone was in his back pocket and when he dropped his pants the phone fell out and went into the toilet!
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   Posted 3/22/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thats funny Julee :)

The craziest "accident" I had once was in a public restroom and the tp rolls weren't in their dispenser so I had grab a few sheets off it but I accidently dropped it and it rolled under the stalls and landed about 2 away. Well needless to say, it rolled away before I could get my sheets but luckily there was someone in the stall 2 away that rolled it back. Of course I unwound several sheets before I used one for myself - no telling what is on that floor - blech!

As for the foot flush, I don't do that nor do I us tp for the handle. I just make sure I wash my hands real good after I leave. I do the birthday song twice to make sure I get the proper clean :) And I never touch the door handle. I have a friend who is a germaphobe and she hovers over the seat to pee, does the foot flush and holds her hands up like a surgeon when she goes to wash, pushes the blow dryer with her elbow (if they're paper towels she won't even use them) and uses a tissue to open the door. I can't help but chuckle when I see her do that.


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quincy
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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry....well, you'll have to tell the germaphobic friend that the air dryers take the air from IN THE BATHROOM along the floor.....which is still full of you know what!

So....she should be using paper towels or toilet paper to dry her hands then open the door when she leaves.

Squatting to pee....amazing she has such control...I'd probably pee all over myself. What about double layering with toilet paper? Much nicer than peeing on the seat..ugh.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


julee70
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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
quincy,

I'm happy to hear you say that you also find squatting to pee difficult. While traveling in Europe, I was amazed that so many public toilets didn't have seats. (Even in some nice places!) When I asked about it, I was told that no one sits on the seats because they are dirty, so why have them. I just can't understand how so many people could have thighs of steel! It was, needless to say, not enjoyable to find a seatless toilet when I was having UC issues. I heard that I could buy an inflatable toilet seat to put in my pocketbook. Just what I'd want to do while flaring -- first run to the nearest public bathroom and then start blowing up an inflatable toilet seat.
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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
*Gasp* Heather! I can't tell her that! Then she would never use a public restroom again! LOL
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sore_guts
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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
So here's another funny bathroom story.  This happened a long time ago when my best friend and I were teenagers with limited money.  We were out shopping and both went into a stall in the bathroom.  Suddenly I hear her yelling excitedly "I found a twenty!  I found a twenty!"   and then some splashing.  She came out all happy with a dripping wet $20 bill.  After carefully drying it under the air-dryer, put it in her pocket (she thought with her existing money) only to discover that it was her $20 that had fallen out of her pocket in the toilet. 
 
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   Posted 3/22/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Julee-- yes, there are medical staff who do not wash hands between patients. At the gastro's office each examining room has a stainless steel sink in it. The sink is always dry when I enter the room & when I leave. After one digital exam when I happened to get an extra lot of lube, I heard a faucet being turned on after the gastro finished dealing with specimen. That was the one & only time sink has been used in my presence! On another occasion, after doing digital exam/specimen processing but no sink (& with medical student present), the gastro suddenly asked me if I had any mouth sores & started walking back toward me. I thought: "No way am I going to let you touch my face or mouth NOW!" I quickly replied: "No, why should I?-- I thought only Crohnies get those." It shocked me that the gastro might touch a patient ANYWHERE after doing the digital, handling specimen, & tossing the disposable gloves but not washing up. Then I remembered that a former neighbor of mine, who had served as state lt. governor for a few yrs, tried to launch a public awareness campaign against poor hygiene among hospital staff, claiming that it was contributing to the spread of infection caused by drug-resistant bacteria!!!!!!!!! She was likely on to something big-- but lost her subsequent tries for public office. / Old Hat

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   Posted 3/22/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow - come to think of it those sinks in the examining rooms are always dry.  I guess I naively thought that Drs were washing up between patients somewhere else.  I have only witnessed my kids pediatricians washing up.  But I have never seen any of my Drs wash hands that I can recall.  That includes OBGYNs and GIs.  Disgusting.
 
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making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas just cant seem to do these
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pb4
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   Posted 3/22/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My sister used to squat while she peed, after she got hit by a minivan (she was a pedestrian when she was hit) with her injuries and developing osteoarthritis she can no longer squat...I never squatted to pee in public restrooms because 1. I never thought of it and 2. I'd hold me pee for as long as I had to in order to avoid using public restrooms but sometimes there was just no choice so when holding it for so long I don't think squatting would have worked out so well for me.

I like bathrooms that have those seat protectors, that should be manditory these days.

Last week when I was at the mall, I used the can, then I had to go back and use it again, I was gonna use the same stall I used the first time but then there was a pair of jeans lying on the floor in that stall, first thing that came to mind was maybe it was an IBDer or IBSer that had an accident, I couldn't smell anything (like if they had been soilded you'd think there'd be a smell) so I honestly don't know what was up with that, first time I've ever seen that before though.

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   Posted 3/22/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Sore_Guts, it's unlikely that they're washing up somewhere else because the usual set-up with adult patients is 2-4 examining rooms close together. The docs finish up with a patient in one examining room & then move right on to the next patient, from what I've seen. In between they touch door knobs, hand patient charts back & forth to support staff, etc. so there is enough opportunity to pass contaminants around. / Old Hat

philly-fan
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   Posted 3/22/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am a foot flusher. And I have passed this artful task down to my 6 year old daughter (who has had a need to go potty in every bathroom we have never passed by). The worst being either the cape may zoo or the ocean city boardwalk. I will soon be teaching my 3 year old daughter the footflick move. Bathrooms are so gross most of the time. I usually take my girls to the ladies room when possible. (doors that can be locked).  

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sore_guts
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
smk, do you live in NJ?  I live in the subarbs of Trenton.  I haven't taken my kids to the cape may zoo yet, but we love the Wildwood boardwalk (God awful bathrooms).  I was thinking of going to the Cape May zoo this summer if we get a rainy day while down the shore.  We have been to the Phila zoo quite a few times and surprisingly the bathrooms (ladies) aren't to bad.

 
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making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas just cant seem to do these
iron supplements 3 times 1/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day
 
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 3/23/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay - totally grossed out now! I think I'll be taking Clorox wipes with me into the stalls now - wipe the seat off before I sit and maybe do some "house cleaning" while I'm "waiting"...

Now, I only have to remember all of this before I get to the bathroom...

BTW - I'm a foot flicker as well. And a paper towel to open the door before I leave type.
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