WE basically know where we are going and where the bathrooms are. If we are going out he will usually eat at home first, give enough time to make a bathroom trip or two and then he is usually good to go. However depending on how long we are out there still might need to be one bathroom stop. He has more control now than before so it is not such a crucial issue but we did eat out last Saturday with friends after a movie and while walking to the car he had the cramps and gas. We were near the cinema where we parked the car and I told him to please go in and use the bathroom and not subject himself to the 10-12 minute drive to get home. It was more gas than anything but of course you don't know that for sure.
Many times on the drive home, feeling fine and just getting out of the car and walking to the front door is enough to stir things up and he flies to the bathroom. So unpredictable at times as you all know.
I certainly have a greater understanding when I use public bathrooms and someone is in there with gas or unpleasant BMs....I know realize 99% of these situations I bet are due to some kind of IBS situation. Most people who don't have this problem choose to avoid using public restrooms and wait to go home if possible............those suffering don't have that luxury.
Still haven't gotten around to ordering that Just A Drop stuff. There was a time he needed it routinely. I still should get it so he has it if and when he needs it.
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