Requiring business to allow use of restrooms

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Another UC wife
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   Posted 12/22/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I read something the other day online.....I believe it was from a Cambridge, Mass newspaper  (Cambridge Chronicle) I check from time to time....regarding the possibility of trying to enact a law requiring businesses that do NOT have public restrooms to allow a person to use their facilities if they carry some sort of medical proof that they suffer from UC, Chrons or a 3rd condition that escapes me right now.  This  suggested law or ordinance was for either Cambridge or Boston.
What I found interesting about this in the whole big picture is just how prevalent it really must be if there is talk about tying to enact something like this. (Not sure who is behind trying to get this passed)   Whether or not it will pass or go anywhere at all the fact remains we are starting to see UC  more and more out there in the open and in the forefront.  For that I was pleased to see some mention of it.  It is things like this that will start to make a difference that UC starts to be given the attention it deserves.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran 2 1/2 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 12/22/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It's the law now in Texas: Under a new law signed by Texas Governor Rick Perry, retailers can't deny restroom access to any consumer with a valid medical condition. Since very few businesses are going to want to hear about people's bowel issues, it pretty much covers anyone, I think. They're calling it the "right to poop" law. yeah
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 12/22/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering - should the need arise what kind of medical proof does anyone carry on them?
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg for 3 days then taper, Canasa 2 daily.

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   Posted 12/22/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have one of those "I Can't Wait" cards from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, but honestly, I can crap my pants in the time it takes to pull the darn thing out of my wallet and try to get someone to read it.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97;
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran( 2/07)

Old Hat
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   Posted 12/22/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Meesh-- I've been there! In that kind of shape a UCer really needs to wear Depends when out on errands. The colon doesn't allow a nanosecond for explanations. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 12/22/2007 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about bathroom use,  but here in Oregon,  you can get a handicap sticker for having Ulcerative colitis or Crohns.     But I hear ya on the fact that sometimes even with the closer parking spot,  you still don't have enough time.   It really sucks.  I guess when flaring you have to use depends if going to be out and about running errands. 
40 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone taper 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 units daily, Novolog 10 8 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.

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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
when I was in grade school I was at a store and they would not let me use the bathroom and I really had to pee....well I ended up sqatting on their floor and peeing right there (I had to go that bad!).
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 12/23/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
lol Beth!
Meesh - I have an "I Can't Wait" card, too. I agree it would take too long to pull out and explain to someone if you're in a bad flare.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Didn't the Beastie Boys make kind of a public service anouncement song for us in the 80s? I think it was something like "You gotta fight, for your right, to POOOOOOTTTTTTY!"
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
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Omega-3 once daily
Eleventh Remicade infusion End of January

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