When I had to do my 24-hour collection (GI wanted to measure my output before I was diagnosed to ensure that I really did have diarrhea) the lab gave me a paint can (it was new, had never had paint in it before) to store it all in. It also had to stay cold. The people at the lab said I should just store it in the fridge!!! Yeah, riiiiight. Number one, that's nasty, unsanitary, and potentially hazardous. Number two, I didn't have TIME to go get the paint can from the fridge, or I'd have crapped my pants. Kind of pointless when I'm supposed to be recording my output.
My husband ended up bringing a 5-gallon bucket in from the garage, and we found a smaller bucket that we put upside down in the 5-gallon bucket. Then I put the paint can on top of the small bucket, and it actually made an ok seat, and the pain can was at the exact right height. Then we put a cooler full of ice in the baththub, and I stored the can in there.
After I was done, we poured a lot of bleach in the cooler, filled it up with water, and let it soak for a while.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).