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Availability of restrooms during COVID?

Like most of you have probably been doing, I have been minimizing my trips out during this COVID insanity. I was in a situation last week where I had to go to an appointment that involved a round trip of about 130 miles. I noticed that virtually every location that I would depend on for a restroom is now off limits due to COVID. This includes fast food places, gas stations, highway rest areas, etc. All have closed their restrooms and will not make any exceptions. I understand wanting to limit spread of the virus, but denying access is a bit extreme, especially to those of us who have to rely on the availability of a restroom if we have to travel.

Is this a local phenomenon, or have any of you noticed this in your areas?
 
Yes same here to in Rhode Island....130 miles damm you in Oklahoma ,lol.....I throught going to Boston,Ma. 1 hour + away was bad.. I understand though, I truly cant go to the bathrooms just anywhere, my wife can, but, not me.....When I was on Linzest, the best meds to help with getting the intestines to move,,,,,,, I would have anxity because Im going out and dont know what is going to happen with needing the bathroom. It is a BS life style we all HAVE to adapt to[FORCED by crohns]
 

Lynda Lynda

Member
Yes, the availability of restrooms has noticibly lessened. I normally wouldn't want to use a convenience store restroom, but recently I needed a bathroom soon ( I was driving.) I walked into the store and it was posted "no public restrooms." I was almost in a panic. Once I get out of my vehicle during a BM emergency the need to have a BM increases greatly. Some businesses require a code or a key to enter their restrooms, but I cannot always wait that long. I wear a Poise Pad each day, not neccessarily for urinary incontenance, but for any bowel leakage. I also keep extra Poise Pads in my purse, Cottonelle Wipes and a pair of panties for emergencies. I have to be prepared.
 

Bufford

Well-known member
Bathroom lockdowns pose a huge problem for colostomy patients like myself. The only thing I can do is carry a lot of toilet paper and hand sanitizer in the vehicle, and pull over and empty out the bag at the side of the road, or in some discrete place like a dog. Its difficult and keeping clean is a problem. I can fret about it, but there is nothing else I can do but deal with it. One thing that does help is timing. I try to go out in the afternoons when my colostomy is less active.
 

Lynda Lynda

Member
Thank you for your positive outlook, you always look at the sunny side of life which makes me feel more hopeful when I am having a bad day. I had a bowel accident the other day, my first in years. It stressed me out quite a bit, even though I was able to clean myself up and still continue my errands. Now I have put some emergency supplies in my purse so I will be better prepared if another bowel emergency occurs. Hope you have a great weekend.
 

scottsma

Well-known member
Location
Tynemouth,
Like all of you I find it very stressful having toilets closed because of the pandemic.I don't usually leave home until almost lunchtime and I make sure all appointments are in the PM. even when every where's open. I was once told that "it's all in your mind" hahaha.
 

Lynda Lynda

Member
Well, it happened again. This time I was driving on a State Highway in town here recently and had to exit to look for a restroom. I will now have to go back to my......"don't eat or drink anything on the day I run errands" routine. I also normally do not make any appointments before 12 noon or run errands in the morning, but sometimes I have to. Take Care.
 
its funny but its the "normal people " with me on trips have the problems with the non availability of restrooms , since my ostomy I just get into the back seat (we have privacy windows in the back) and change out the bag , open all the windows and invite my fellow travelers back into the car ,
Its must be really bad for UC and Crohnies now and I really sympathize , here in Ireland public restrooms are few and far between in normal situations but now their are no toilets available whatsoever , if really stuck you could use one of these

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andes-Port...vlocphy=20474&hvtargid=pla-437355612841&psc=1

I have used one before and like many others just dont care anymore who sees what , my sense of embarrassment has disappeared fully over the years , better to be embarrassed rather that having to clean up .
 

scottsma

Well-known member
Location
Tynemouth,
I have a Radar key but even disabled toilets are few and far between. On the few occassions I've used it during the covid.I've had people begging me to allow them to use the toilet and also those who have looked at me askance as I get back on my bike. Haha I feel like saying "eat my shorts" people.
 

Bufford

Well-known member
I can draw up two maps now for all the places to 'go'. One was for the location of public toilets prior to Covid. Now during Covid I can map out all those places that are good to 'go' along the roads and between the buildings. One word of caution, there are many others who are doing the same so watch your step!
 
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