Calling ahead for bathroom status....

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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody else do this.  I often call ahead to make sure where I'm going has adequate bathroom  ei:  more than one stall, do you have to ask for a key to get in, etc.  My daughter has an outing with other homeschoolers to a nature center tomorrow, but the bathroom there only has one stall.  I hate my DD to miss out on things b/c of my UC.  But with one stall and 25 kids it could become a bad situation for me.
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   Posted 11/15/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have done this. I also research online shopping centers, airports, ect. anything with a map.

Have you considered adult diapers? or even a extra long maxi in case of leakage or sudden urge? Maybe a one time immodium use? Just some options for you.

Good luck!
Kelly, 29

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   Posted 11/15/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I post on crohns but wanted to chime in to your question. I too call ahead just to make sure there is a bathroom and it really reduces my anxieties. I do this often for boat rides and I plan my seat on an airplane so the drink cart can't block my way. Is the nature center close to anything? Sometimes I will go somewhere that has an inadequate bathroom but I know in an emergency I can make it to a dunkin donuts that is across the street. Maybe you could have a contingency plan w/ another parent that they watch your child if you need to jet down the street. Also, w/ all the kids, remember, you are the adult. You can always say "sorry kids, I gotta go before you." And then just cut right in. Remember *normal* people don't spend that much time in the bathroom so the chance that it will be full for long is not high. My wedding had over 100 guests and just one stall near my reception (for male and female) but another toilet upstairs, and an emergency back up in the basement. I thought it would be a problem but it was really open most of the night. I think you should go. Once you get trips like this under your belt you will have less anxiety about taking such trips in the future. AND, in the event that you do get sick, at least you know you will be alone in a single stall.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 11/15/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I've done the same thing before, when I don't know what the bathroom situation is.  Most recently when we took our daughter to an animal zoo.  I called ahead to make sure they had restrooms to begin with, and she said they had plenty.  Made the anxiety go away as soon as I got there and saw the restrooms.  If I can't find out about the restrooms, and it's something I must attend, I do what you probably shouldn't do...not eat the day before.  Yes I know that's not healthy and shouldn't be done, but it works.  Can't worry about the restroom much if my system is mostly empty.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
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1 multivitamin/day
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