18 OctI have to go

If I told you half of how bad the bathroom was that I used this weekend you would throw up. To me IBS stands for Icky Bathroom Stalls. Thatís what you have to live with when you actually have IBS and HAVE TO GO…NOW. And by have to go I mean you canít make it to the front door of the store much less your car much less home. Not cool. This bathroom was SO BAD that I almost took a photo of it for the blog but I didnít want to offend anyoneís eyes. When I walked out Tom asked how bad it was. I said real bad. He said heíll hold it. Good choice. Unfortunately it was not an option for me.

I have contemplated taking photos and keeping track of all the Icky Bathroom Stalls I have used. But that’s just gross.

Here’s another common IBS example from this weekend. Tom and I are at the mall heading towards the Gap. I freeze in my tracks. “Tom, where is the closest bathroom to our current location?” And he knows. I know. We know where all the bathrooms are in all the stores I have EVER been to in the Capital Region (and beyond).

They are not all pleasant. And they do not all have soap. I once used a men’s room just to wash my hands – not sure if it was worth it. I guess the only thing positive that comes from using Icky Bathroom Stalls (besides getting there in time) is I probably have a very high germ tolerance. You can’t have IBS and live in a bubble – you won’t make it home in time.

6 Responses to “I have to go”

  1. Sara says:

    Well, I guess my psychological problems override my possible IBS symptoms. Did I ever mention that it took me over a year to be able to go pee in the bathroom at work? And pee only. Otherwise, I have to go home for a minute (thanks for that phrase, David Posk!). Never could I use something like a Mobil station bathroom. And I have a very low germ/nastiness tolerance. Today I had to pee very badly and walked into the bathroom at work…and immediately ran out of there. It smelled like what I would imagine a Mobil station bathroom would smell like. I used three antibacterial wipes to clean my hands from touching the door handle (I usually use a paper towel). Then I followed up with some nice smelling antibacterial gel from Bath and Body Works. All that alcohol sure did sting, but at least those hands were ready for snacking. And I was on strike from the bathroom for the rest of the afternoon.

    What I’m trying to say is: Liz, you are the bravest person I know.

  2. Carrie says:

    I do have to agree that public restrooms are NASTY. I also have public bathroom-phobia that I absolutely had to get over when I was pregnant (yes all three times). I would also like to mention that there is no possible way to hover when you are 6, 7, 8 , 9 months pregnant, nope, not possible for me. And now, taking my boys in to public restrooms chanting, “DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING, DO NOT TOUCH, ESPECIALLY NOT THAT LITTLE BOX” I tell ya, its enough to make me want to stay at home, but than I be a different kind of crazy………home with three boys or public bathrooms? Its a toss-up! And yes, poor you Liz, keep antibacterial wipes in your purse!

  3. Me too says:

    I think I was almost reported to social services for screaming at the Pie in the mall bathroom after she touched every possible surface, including the little box with the ‘sticker’ coming out of it. Nast-y. Then the mini potty seat plunged into the horrible toilet. Did I mention she didn’t even go after all that?

  4. City-C says:

    Train Spotting anyone?

  5. Sara says:

    I’m disgusted just thinking about Trainspotting. Great movie, but just disgusting.

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