Managed a Camping Trip with UC

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RH_Texas_Gal
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   Posted 7/25/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My family planned a camping trip for months and I was so worried about how to manage it with my UC ... we were hoping to get a campsite close to the bathrooms - no such luck. They were about 1/8 mile away! My kind hubby rigged a homemade enclosure and created my own personal port-o-potty at our campsite! I was very lucky that most of the nature trails had some type of bathroom facility available every 1/4 mile or so ... we had an air conditioned pop-up camper but it had no potty.

It IS manageable as long as you plan ahead! The first day I was so anxious about being caught somewhere without bathroom access but finally calmed down when I realized everything would work out. Without the stress, I had fewer bathroom trips. Plus I packed all my comfort UC foods like fresh pineapple, cherries, and yogurt to help ...

quincy
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   Posted 7/25/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy you had a good time camping with your family. Seems your husband understands clearly...how loving that was of him to create "comforts" in the woods.

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
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~various digestive enzymes as needed
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kops2da
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   Posted 7/26/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Once one relaxes - that helps!  We have a port-a-potty in our garage and the chemicals just in case.  We had it in our boat and sold the boat.  Just never know when your septic system quits or ?  Kinds of boyscout motto - always prepared, etc.  My husband is also getting more aware of my needs along the way.  We leave earlier for appointments "just in case", etc. 

ElaineNY (who loved to camp)


 
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Cannot tolerate mesalamines.  New specialist (June) - Cortifoam and Anusol three times a day for now.  Hope it works! (finding it impossible to do three times a day however)
 
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AmyWaffle
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Yay Texas Gal! Camping is one of my favorite things and it is certainly a challenge with UC! I always reserve a site and check the map so that it is closest to the bathroom.
This weekend we did miss a group camping trip because of me--we decided to just go for the day, though. We did that more because I hadn't been doing well and it is too hard to pack and shop and everything for the trip than because of the bathroom, although I was also worried about that of course.
I am glad to find another camper on the forum!
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.
My life is one big flare.

Asacol, Azathioprine, Prednisone, Rowasa
First Remicade 6/22/09


Peety
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm about to go on a family trip to the mountains, with horrible summer sausage and cheese picnics and horseback riding.
Even though I am so much better, I don't trust my body so ugh, I'm really dreading it!
At least it's a national park so there are lots of bathrooms unless we wander away too far.
And I did OK at the beach...(but I love the beach).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


AmyWaffle
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   Posted 7/27/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety said...
I'm about to go on a family trip to the mountains, with horrible summer sausage and cheese picnics and horseback riding.
Even though I am so much better, I don't trust my body so ugh, I'm really dreading it!
At least it's a national park so there are lots of bathrooms unless we wander away too far.
And I did OK at the beach...(but I love the beach).


I would be scared to horseback ride... all that jiggling up and down! lol. I'm sure you'll be fine--your mind will be elsewhere.
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.
My life is one big flare.

Asacol, Azathioprine, Prednisone, Rowasa
First Remicade 6/22/09


Peety
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   Posted 7/29/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I offered to stay back from riding and keep my mother-in-law company, THAT's how much I really didn't want to do it! So I think I'm off the hook...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Adam1184
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   Posted 7/29/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I'm very glad to hear that! Makes me feel better. I have a camping trip planned on Aug 14-17. I told my girlfriend that when she sets this up that she should request a site close to the bathroom! I'm a little nervous but also excited as i haven't been camping in like 8 years!
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...


hedgehog
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   Posted 7/30/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
It's great you had a good camping trip! My husband and I used to camp a lot pre-UC, but for my first 2 years of UC I was flaring badly in the summer so we didn't go at all. Last year we had to go to Timmins (northern Ontario) for a wedding and decided to camp on our way from Ottawa since I was in remission. I checked out all the maps to get a site close to the bathroom (even in remission I have a bit of urgency in the morning).
I love canoe camping, but haven't been brave enough to try that again yet.

Tara
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
-F/33 -diagnosed June 2006
-last 25cm of colon affected
-xylocaine enemas put me in remission
-Asacol 2 800mg pills 2x/day
-budesonide enemas every 4-5 days

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