Posted 7/2/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)
I go in the men's room. Or just say "It's an emergency!" & keep walking right in. I've done both, actually... I've never been questioned, but if I ever was I'd use the "bloody diarrhea" answer too.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 

Posted 7/2/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks so much for the link to the medical bracelets...have found one i think is cute...lol now gotta figure out how to order it as i cant find an order page haha. the luck i have...anyways thanks so much for your replys ladies and now since it is over with and all i have been able to laugh a little about it since he was pretty stupid about the whole thing.... thanks Veronica
Posted 7/2/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)
Being a manager in the hospitality industry, all I can say is, I am terribly sorry for this! I would have went to the manager, and really played it up, use the trump card, we all have and all do. It's not like you just had to pee and didn't want to walk, THIS crap is serious, and it really makes me mad, when employees mishandle guests, esp. those with disabilities. What would they have done if you were a mentally disabled person, or a women going into labor? "Oh, sorry mama, but you'll need to drop that kid over in the newborns section." F that noise!
Jared
Pancolitis diagnosed in '99
Crohn's Disease diagnosed in '06
Currently on:
Medrol Dose Pack
Imuran 100 MG Daily
Asacol 1600 MG Daily
Flexeril 10 MG (four times a day for relaxation/stress relief)
Remicade
Slow release Iron
 
 

Posted 7/2/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)
No one is perfect, the guy wasn't aware that it was a medical reason for your urgency, he may have felt you were the one being rude, he may have been having a bad day...I'm all for diplomacy but just because we're sick, we're not always in the right either, we can't expect people to read our minds and if we're not clear about our situation then we can't expect much, not to mention, there are still plenty who are unaware of our disease even exsisting.

Not picking sides here, just the way I see it and like I said, I'm all about diplomacy.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Posted 7/2/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)
I like Judliyn's answer. I'm going to remember that one. =)

Yet another reason Wal-Mart sucks.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv

Posted 7/3/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)
I love Judilyn's answer, but I also agree with pb4. I'm sorry to say that I used to be the person sitting next to the person making awful noises and thinking, "Geez, why doesn't she show some self-control? Doesn't she know someone else is in here?" Enter my UC. Ooohhh, now I get it. And now I'm the person in the other stall, hoping that the other bathroom users aren't thinking the same about me.

I do think that when someone doesn't understand your condition (or want to), you have no reason to be embarrassed. You didn't choose to have this, and you have no reason to be ashamed. Everyone always thinks people are thinking way worse things about them than they really are.
Female, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG 4X daily, Fish Oil 2x daily, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis) 2X daily, Metamucil 2X daily, Yoga daily.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing some improvement)
 
 

Posted 7/3/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)
Imlivinrite4Him said...
Thanks so much for the link to the medical bracelets...have found one i think is cute...lol now gotta figure out how to order it as i cant find an order page haha. the luck i have...anyways thanks so much for your replys ladies and now since it is over with and all i have been able to laugh a little about it since he was pretty stupid about the whole thing.... thanks Veronica
I was trying to figure that out too... Apparently you have to sign up for an account and then you can add whichever bracelet/item you want and select how you want it inscribed. I'm broke at the moment so couldn't do it but I went through up until the payment info part to see how it worked. :)
Posted 7/3/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)
I dont know about your wal-mart, but the one around me has mostly handiecap people cleaning the restrooms and they just do what there told and try really hard not to lose there jobs. alot of them dont know what to do in a situation that is different then the norm. I just go in shut the stall door, do my buisness, go wash my hands, then tell them Im sorry I had to walk on there wet floor then leave. I think most of it is they are told not to let anyone walk on the wet floor in case someone slips and falls then there is a lawsuit. That is still no reason for the guy to be rude about it.
Rona

synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.

Posted 7/3/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)
At the wal-mart near my house it's always older people or someone who speaks hardly any English. But every time I have had to use the restroom, as soon as I walk in, they walk out and wait for me to finish before they resume cleaning- ESPECIALLY if it's a male cleaning the women's restroom. I've had ladies stay and continue cleaning but never any guys. I don't think they're allowed to tell you to go somewhere else because they're cleaning.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 

Posted 7/3/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)
One of my buddies at college was giving me crap (no pun intended) about hogging the bathroom. I asked him if he would rather me "crap blood all over your door".

He hasn't complained since.

The key is helping people understand that this is a *disease*. Not "I ate something bad". Not "I waited too long to go to the bathroom". A disease.
James

21 yrs old, diagnosed severe ulcerative pancolitis 2 Mar 2007
Hospitalized 27 Apr-5 May 2007; 16 Jun-22 Jun 2008
Asacol (mesalamine) 400 mg x 12 daily
Remicade <--first infusion on 3 May 2007
Imuran (azathioprine) 50 mg x 4 daily
Iron, Vit C, Vit D, Zinc, and seemingly always on Flagyl
Eating fruits and vegetables like there is no tomorrow...

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