Posted 5/30/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks for all the tips guys. From the sound of things, it is very much like here in London. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to get burned like I did in Italy. Seriously why do they not have toilet seats??? (My girlfriend tells me they didn't even have seats in the ladies loo either!!!)

Dan.
Diagnosed with UC since August 06
never really remitted

meds
started with asocol but it attacked my liver

now on:
175mg azathioprine
1 Actimel / day - blueberry is the yummiest
<del>just started balsalazide 2 weeks ago (2 tabs 2 times a day)</del> I stopped taking this as it made me feel like crap (no pun intended)

Posted 5/30/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)
And make sure your hotel room has a private bathroom! New York city is a lot like Europe in that many hotels have shared bathrooms! EEEEEK! Have fun on your trip - I didn't have a problem when I was there finding decent restrooms.

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Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate

Posted 5/30/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)
I would say about 90% of all public facilities have toilet seats. The other 10% are dives and holes in the walls that don't care. Of course, only about 50% of public facilities actually keep them clean but hey, if you in a pinch it's better then nothing eh?

I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I had heard that in India, Afganistan, or in the outskirts of the middle east that their restrooms don't have toilets. That you have to squat over a hole. If we have anyone from the middle east please correct me if I am wrong - but if it's true, be glad you didn't visit over there :)
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Posted 5/30/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)
My favorite topic! I was in Italy too and was incensed about the lack of toilet seats. Italians told me either a)they didn't know why or b) no one sits, every squats because the seats are dirty. I found the latter very hard to believe. I refuse to think that so many people (old, young, pregnant, sick, etc) have super strong thigh muscles and can squat like that!

New York: You can check out www.thebathroomdiaries.com for a nice long list of bathrooms in new york and many other places. Click on "full search".

To add to the suggestions of Cosi and Starbucks cafes, you should also remember that Barnes & Noble Booksellers also have good bathrooms. The bathrooms are always in/near the children's department, often upstairs.

If you really want to get the best guide, there is a actually guidebook to NYC bathrooms. You can definitely find it at Barnes & Noble... after you've used their bathroom!

Enjoy your trip. :)
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Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
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Posted 5/30/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)
NYC public toilets in hotels, dept. stores, major train stations, & museums are not as problematic as some places in Europe. I bypassed many reeking hole-only facilities in the south of France, not to forget Monaco's stench-emitting public john right below the castle. Then there are the tiny packets of toilet paper one gets handed for a fee in some august institutions in Italy. What CAN be annoying in NYC is getting to use a ladies' room during intermission in concert halls/theatres. 99% of the time there are huge lines for the ladies' facilities whereas the men's rooms seem to accommodate users fairly quickly. Hope you enjoy your trip in the best possible health! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
Posted 5/31/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -6)
I think i know what you mean when you talk about the loos in India. When I first came over to the uk we stopped in Japan for a few days (Pre UC Diagnosis). Their bathrooms have a choice: either a small hole in the floor with a bar on the wall to support yourself, or a super high-tech toilet with about 10 different flushing options. Not sure why they offered the choice, as I know which one I'd choose every time!!!

Dan.
Diagnosed with UC since August 06
never really remitted

meds
started with asocol but it attacked my liver

now on:
175mg azathioprine
1 Actimel / day - blueberry is the yummiest
<del>just started balsalazide 2 weeks ago (2 tabs 2 times a day)</del> I stopped taking this as it made me feel like crap (no pun intended)

Posted 5/31/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)
Yes Asia does have squat pots as well as "regular" toilets. Many prefer the squat pot. We had a post on here not too long back about the benefits of squatting over sitting. The squat pots looked very modern. They were ceramic with drains, not just holes in the ground. But I never ventured to try one.
 
They all also had hoses to clean yourself up with after.  I was to afraid to try it because I didn't want to get the whole place, and my clothes wet!!

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