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06-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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My first Crohn's Emergency!!

My first Crohn's emergency happened at about 0915 this morning. Thank goodness I was on my way in to the doctors office. I think I handled myself well-ish...

I realized the second I put my foot on the ground in the parking lot that I needed to go to the bathroom. I sprang in to action. I did the awkward quick walk thing into the building. Everyone recognizes the quick I gotta go! Don't you dare get in my way walk! Its as universal as crossing your legs but way more effective at solving the problem. In my crazy hurry I accidently flung the door to the doctors office open and it hit the wall. What a grand entrance. I quickly rushed to the window and announced I needed a restroom. I tried really hard to use my best inside voice but by this time I was almost panicked and kicking myself for wearing kaki!! As I did a little "let me in quick" dance the chatty nurse finally opened the door. I sprinted to the restroom closed the door quickly causing a loud woosh and bang followed by the sound of my purse slamming to the floor. I quickly had to play the "why do I ever buy pants with two buttons blame game" but I made it!!! I took a second to gather my thoughts. Glanced at the entire mound of crap that is usually contained in my purse on the bathroom floor and I hear a knock. Yes! I assured everyone I was fine. I was not fine I was mortified, my heart was beating out of my chest, and I was sweating. I don't sweat. In the end this eventful situation led me back into a waiting room full of people. All eyes were on me... I took a very small embarrassed bow, not knowing what else to do, and everyone looked away.
06-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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I have only had one emergency that I can really remember. And I didn't make it to the bathroom. I was stuck in a parking lot shoveling snow and scraping ice off my car. It was shortly after my diagnosis and I was so embarrassed and disappointed with myself. Looking back, I can't do anything but laugh. Luckily I had a clean pair of pants in my car (I don't remember why, but thankfully I did! )
Glad you made it to the bathroom in time! (But honestly, what a better place for you to burst through the door and demand the bathroom, I'm sure thats not the only time that they have had that happen
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06-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Oh dear! I've had that feeling before. Try being in a car on a highway ramp with no nearby exits and only the emergency lane because you are on the part of the highway that is a bridge....I had the sweats/hot flashes, I felt I was going to pass out at one point. The moment I got out of the car it was a quick sprint I to the persons home followed by a bathroom visit that seemed to echo throughout the house...lmao!

Another time I was on the bus home from work and managed to make it to my front door. Unfortunately that's as far as I got....I had an accident as I was fumbling with the keys to get in. Ooops! Hahahaha. I can laugh about it now but its always dreadful when it happens.

Hate that feeling where the closer you get to the bathroom, the more the urgency hits. I try to mentally psych myself out by deep breathing and humming songs hahahahaha!
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06-15-2013, 04:19 AM   #4
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Ha! Ha! Your posts make me laugh. The description of the urgency walk is just perfect :-) I once abandoned my basket in the supermarket, bulldozed my way out the shop and drove the 10 minutes to my house so I could use my own toilet. I then had to sit in the car sort of psyching myself up to make the run up the path to the house without letting go, if you know what I mean.
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06-16-2013, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing Sometimes its just nice to share with someone that gets it!

My mom always says stuff like... Oh no! and I am so sorry. I just wanted someone to laugh with. LOL
07-25-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. Shortly after getting my ileostomy (and not knowing the best way to clip the pouch) I was at work. I worked in a big box store. I was talking to a customer when I felt a warm gush down the front of my leg. Bag full - clip came off. I run like he'll to the bathroom and clean up the best I can. Slip out the side door and head home. Then called my boss and said I had a medical emergency to deal with. I would love to have seen the look on my face. You can't write better comedy than that. LOL
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07-26-2013, 02:37 AM   #7
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One of the huge adjustments for me has been the ability to use public restrooms. I know that may seem silly, but I used to have an incredible aversion to using a restroom anywhere but my house or hotel room for 'number two' if you will.

Since my issues started, I've learned to get over that quickly. I now just accept that its a necessity and nothing at all t be embarrassed about.

I can totally understand your feelings afterward, but there's nothing to feel bad about. You handled it perfectly!

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