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I'm sure this topic has to be somewhere else on these boards. I'm a college instructor coping with IBS. There have been many times when I had an attack during class. I usually made up some silly excuse about having to use the restroom because "I drank too much soda" before class. My students must think I'm suffering from incontinence! I'm tired of lying and making up stupid excuses, but I don't want to be honest either! Most of the time I don't have diarrhea but painful gas that I simply cannot "sneak" out. I need to leave the room FAST or make a complete idiot of myself, if you know what I mean.Also, there have been many times when I simply cancelled class for fear of having an attack in class or while driving to work (I can feel the cramping begin before I even leave, and all hell breaks loose once I'm in the car!). I usually miss about 2 or 3 class sessions a quarter because of this. Even though it doesn't affect the flow of the course, many students complain about the missed days and the higher-ups have also taken notice. I have told my division chair of my affliction, but I don't believe he's taking me seriously. I'm sure that I'm safe since I'm tenured and have over three months of sick leave built up, but I still feel terrible every time I pick up the phone to call in sick. I just knowthat I'll catch flak for it! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one suffering from this. Can anyone offer any words of comfort or advice??
 

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Tony1, ask your Dr. to give you colestid. I had diarrhea everyday for over a year, couldnt even leave my house but the colestid stopped the diarrhea. Its has gave me back some of my life. Now i just have very bad cramps (which could be my crohns).Give colestid a try it could really help you. Good luck!
 

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Tony,After many years working in the hospital, where the patients aren't going anywhere and have woes of their own so they did not think much about how much time I spent groaning with the porcelain god, I went into business with some of my peers and over a ten year priod built a very successful group of private technical colleges training respiratory therapists and technicians and other ancillary medical careers.Since I had a junior college teaching certificate as well, thus had some experience already with what you are experiencing, in starting up a new school (multiple ones actually) well you can imagine in the beginning I was teaching all the classes myself morning, afternoon and evening all week then doing lesson plans, grading, remediation, collections, floor mopping, a/v materials preparation ad nauseum all weekend.I cannot begin to count the times I had to deal with this. I have been in remission now for over 8 years maybe ten I don't know but I was not at the time. The trick I had up my sleeve was to make sure that I had a complete set of overheads (transparencies, text heavy) prepared for every lesson plan that of course corresponded to the objectives of the lesson for the day. This was my "cover" as I could not just sneak out for 2-3 minutes when mine came...it would be bad and repeated.So from the very first day of each new group of students they were indoctrinated by the teacher in the value ("enhanced retention") of not just listening to a lecture or observing demos all the time, but that there would be material each day so vital to remember that, to enhance their recall, I would NOT be simply putting it all on handouts for them to read. "You will retain TWICE the amount of information if you have to read it, then think about it enough to WRITE IT DOWN in your notes and then look at it to make sure you wrote it down correctly." Evrryone bought into this eventually.
Did they have a choice?So even on a day when I was fine I always made certain to incorporate this activity into the days lesson somewhere so it would be natural. You see in a private vo-tech poste secondary education environment you must be very "fiscally efficient". The class sessions would be morning students 8am-noon, then afternoon students 1pm to 5pm, then evening students 6 pm to 10 pm EVERY DAY. Nature of adult-career-change education (working around their jobs but alwys keeping the building full...an empty school earns no tuition revenues). And this was a startup so I did them ALL myself. thats a damn long day for a severe IBS-d sufferer and I could never have done it without this trick.Now of course whenever the need to emply this trick would come over me I would simple wuickly exxplain how this next area we are going to cover is so vital that i want you to be very careful in copying down all this material on the next 4 overheads. And, while you are doing that, I am going to step out an make a couple of calls to students from "last nights class" or "this morniongs class" who needed to speak to me...so [designate student next to projector]: "[name] as soon as everyone has finished each one, put the next one up if I am not back yet, ok? And if there is any disturbance in here the student causing the disturbance is going to leave for the day WITHOUT this material which WILL be on the evaluation this Friday" etc etc.This worked without fail for years and with many gorups of students. And I mgt add that the teaching outcomes were wholly satisfactory for the material being presented since I would review it upon my return.Now one could make slides or oter things to use, but I found that the overheads worked the best vis a vis color being added, the text could be written to include sufficient detail that it really did cover that material, etc.Only after many years, at a reunion party of graduates haevily populated with grads from my first two years the school operated, did anyone have the guts to finally blurt out in front of the entire group: "So [Mr. MNL], are you still having so much trouble with your IBS every day?"...and the whole group burst out laughing.
MNLPSFor some cases of people who have overcome this check these threads and see if you can relate at all:http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...pic;f=4;t=00028 6;p=3#000106[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000364 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...=4&DaysPrune=30 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000286 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000285 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=4;t=000331#00 0001[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000302 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000287 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000364 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=5&t=000313&p=[/UR L]http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=00029 3;p=2#000069 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000276 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=5;t=000073 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=5&t=000356&p=[/UR L] http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=000320#00 0016http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=4&t=000383#00 0010[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=5&t=000126&p=[/UR L] http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=17;t=000033 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=5;t=000363#00 0002[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=1;t=028290#00 0001[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=4;t=000335#00 0009[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=1&t=028290&p=[/UR L]http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=000353 http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000389 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=4&t=000427#00 0006[/URL] http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php...ic;f=4;t=000421 http://www.ibsgroup.org/cgi-local/ubbcgi/u...f=4&t=000427#00 0015[/URL]
 

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Hi,I too suffer from very bad IBS. Your post sounds just like me. But I think I might be a bit worse then you. I have the same problem with meetings, and going places first thing in the morning. And not having a bathroom near by. Or going somewhere in a car. Or being in a store without a bathroom. The IBS is also taking over my life. It's all I think about. I even have a roll of toilet paper in each car I own. It's not good. Have you ever taken Lotronex? I did and it worked for me. But they took it off the market 2 years ago. But are bring it back. Thank God!! I'm going for counseling and seeing a psychologist for my anxiety and panic attacks which are both mainly brought on by the IBS. I'm getting by for now but it sure isn't easy. What can I say but to hang there and try the Lotronex when it come's out. Good Luck! You came to the right place for support
 

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Tony1- I have been looking into teaching and have been wondering what excuses i would have to make but i am still going for it. I sympathise as i have been blagging those quick exits for many years in many jobs. At present i work in advertising and the way i have coped is by being totally honest, of course some people think i have a screw loose as i have told them exactly what happens to me, some other people at work suffer but not as chronic. Have you confided in anyone at work? or are you too embarassed? It might be easier if someone knew.
 

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Do you really want to get rid of it .How about in just three months .Primal defense 3-12 per day . 1000 mg. of L -Glutamine between meals three times a day . Colostrum by symbiotics 1-4 a day . NO ! Sugar ! no starches ! Eat meats like chicken , salmon and beef . string beans ,zuchinni ,yellow squash. HCL betaine ,b-complex ,n-acetyl cystine , Stephen Speidel in poulsbo , WA. has a specially formulated vitamin for this that has helped heal me and if you follow this you will have normal firm movement and no pain . No eggs . If your tongue is white you have candida and the PD will help .Also take 6 JarrowDophilus EPS pills a day to rebuild your good flora . You can try some Motts unsweetened applesauce . DRINK ONLY FILTERED water . NO chlorinated water !!!!!!!! or all this is for nothing and nohot tubs with chlorine !!!!!!! Do these simple things for three months and change your life !!!
 
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