This news article really upset me.

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Joylu
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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It seems unless you actually "been there" with the urgency, you will just never be sympathetic.  I also don't believe this man intentionally tried to hurt this stewardess.  What this man went through was just wrong.
 
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Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 
Blood is a bigger problem for mme than D.
 
Now urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
oh wow... that upsets me too. How messed up!!!! That poor guy...just didn't wanna crap his pants. Stupid freakin b i you know what!
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
well.... I don't know, why didn't he just push the beverage cart out of the way? I feel badly for him, in the sense that I don't think he intentionally tried to "interfere with the flight crew", but if it were me, I'd just push the darned cart aside & go.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
the cart takes up the whole isle... there's no where to push it...
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like he is going to prevail in the legal case, if the tone of the article is any indication. But I don't think they would have held him for two days unless he was being difficult, do you?

The fact is, after a while many flight attendants get burned out and can't stand passengers anymore, then enjoy the power they have to make them miserable in situations like this. Or, they simply just don't get it.

If I really could not convince them to let me use the other bathroom without getting physical, I think I would have removed my trousers to keep them clean and gone right there! Let her/him deal with the mess and smell for not helping me out.

Of course not all flight attendants are this way, most are incredibly nice. But I have learned to ask forgiveness instead of permission, and to be frank -- and calm -- about my needs.

Check seatguru.com to know where the bathrooms are on your plane before you select your seat.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade. 


Joylu
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   Posted 4/14/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
This makes my paranoia about my disease fly through the ceiling. I feel so embarassed to have to tell the flight attendants of my problem, but I guess I had better do so from now on.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 
Blood is a bigger problem for mme than D.
 
Now urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 4/14/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
That's why I make sure to check in online and early, and confirm an aisle seat that's close enough to the toilet (but not too close to the toilet). Also, before the flight takes off I speak to the flight attendant in my section and mention that I have a digestive disorder and might need to use the rest-room, even if the 'fasten seat-belt' light is on. They don't need a detailed explanation, and seem fine with that.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet


love4cats
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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, good one, Peety.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 4/14/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Until one walks in one's shoes...

Unfortunately that's what it generally takes us humans to realize certain things...how sad.
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3-4X per week
Curcummin and Probiotics/Rueteri.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium/Mag/Zinc, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I try to excersice/swim daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 4/14/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My father-in-law has a prosthetic leg, and only has a few inches of leg below his hip, so he's not very stable when he walks. When he flew out here to visit us, his set was in the first row of coach class (handicapped seating) and the only coach class restrooms on the plane were at the back. He asked if he could use the first class restroom and was told no. IMO, the airline put him (and other passengers) in physical danger by requiring him to walk clear back to the rear of the plane. Some of the rules TSA has come up with are ludicrous.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg 10mg 10mg of Prednisone every other day, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1445845

Another thread on the topic. Just thought I'd consolidate.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/15/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw, wait where? On the lap of the person sitting there? When is the last time you flew? At least on airtran there is NO ROOM. I had the cart parked next to my seat while they did about 5 aisles of beverage service and there was no way to climb around it. I had to ask for it to be moved so I could get out. The f/a had to wait for a second f/a to help her move the cart. It only took about 5 minutes but it was moved. Thank goodness it wasn't yet a huge emergency.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


NachoLover
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Same thing sorta happened to me, although I actually HAVE UC and the flight was preparing to take off.

The plane was actually just on the runway and probably had about 3-4 planes IN FRONT OF IT, when I got up and told the stewardess that I "had to go" to the bathroom. She FLIPPED OUT like I was prepping to highjack the plane or something, although I insisted and said "I have a BOWEL DISEASE...I can't help it, I HAVE TO GO...the plane isn't leaving for another 5-10 minutes". She flipped out some more and said that she'd have to go to the cockpit and tell the pilot to stop or something...and I replied, "Do whatever you have to do, lady" and went to the bathroom (she was actually being VERY RUDE and UNSYMPATHETIC toward my plight).

Took me 30 seconds to drop my load and return to my seat.

I made sure to give her the "stink-eye" of the rest of the trip.

LESSON LEARNED: Try and make sure your flight crew is aware of your DISEASE when you get on the plane. Even though I ALWAYS choose an aisle seat directly next to the bathrooms...apparently that's not enough.
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