Dear god, it is good to hear (I mean it's awful to hear, but you know what I mean) that other people have accidents. It's about the most embarrassing thing I have ever experienced. And for me, there is absolutely NOTHING I can do about it. People talk about urgency. I do not ever have urgency. I have immediacy. It's not a "Ya, it's gonna happen soon" it's a "Ya, it's happening now, sorry". Just like you, I have been cruising to work and feeling all fine, and then BAM.. and I actually said outloud once "Really? Are you serious? Are you F'n kidding me? Right now? You can;t wait 3 minutes until I am inside my building?" And then I turned around on the road, called my boss and said I won't be in today, even though I was right outside the gate. He understood.
THe only way that I deal with it, is I do not leave the house until I have darn near emptied my bowels. I get up early, eat, shower, and do jumping jacks if I have to, but I do not leave the house unless I am passing air. I have spoken to my boss about it (and I have to say, I have THE best supervisor in history) and he knows that if I am late, I was in the Bathroom. Wether at home, at Cheveron, at Costco, but somewhere I was in the can. Some days, I just can't get it to stop, so I just have to call in sick or go in at noon. It sucks, but that is my life now. Everyday. And it doesn't always work either, the waiting until I'm empty. Obviously we all know, you are never empty with UC!! It's another one of those gifts that keep on giving!! All day long! And yes, somedays, I wear the funny-yet-necessary man-pon. It has saved me more than once. To include in my own house.
I eat a small breakfast, a light lunch, a semi normal dinner. As soon as I am up, it's go time. And I have no say in that matter. Immodium is a daily routine - 2 in the AM with the rest of my arsenal of pills.
I feel terrible to say I understand, but I am grateful that others understand my plight as well.
I am glad I found this thread, and your vent - I have so wanted to vent about this as well.
I am going to start trying a few of these tips and tricks, to include keeping extra clothes/uniforms wherever I go.
Sean - 31
UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (2 am 2 pm)
2 x Imodium
Remicade consult scheduled