You know you are having a bad IBS day when
You start talking unkindly to the button you are trying to sew onto that winter coat that it’s cold enough for, when it’s really all the fault of the needle.
You know you are having a stressful and bad IBS Day when
You drop and break a perfectly balanced, grooved, weighted glass that knows better than to leap out of your hand and crash to the floor.
So the stress catches up with you, and you know you are having a really stressful and bad IBS Day when
Your IBS-C turns into IBS-D.
The social impact of disease names is variable, and sometimes immense. If you have one “pariah” or outcast disease, like athlete’s foot, suggests the following article excerpt, you just don’t rate.
What if illnesses, ailments and diseases were brands? You’d have your embarrassing, awkward ones like irritable bowel syndrome and athlete’s foot. Your once well-known, but obscure ones that you find only in history books or Delmas, like diptheria and typhoid and polio. The diseases that everyone’s heard of but nobody knows much about, like multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis (hey, that rhymes). There are the ones that fill us with dread, like Alzheimer’s. The cancers are in a category of their own. And there are the truly terrifying, faintly exotic ones like Ebola or mad cow disease, diseases you never want to catch but which have a certain dark glamour nonetheless.
See more of Sarah Britten’s musings, on the light side of disease names, at http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/britten/2007/10/24/if-diseases-were-brands-part-i/
If IBS had a different name, like Arugula — which always did sound like a disease name to me — we would still have to answer questions of “what does it mean?” Still, we might get away with using words like “tummy” in the definition, rather than “bowel.” I’m not a fan of baby words like tummy, most of the time, but “Irritable Bowel Syndrome?” Come ON! Can’t we say “I have been diagnosed with “Chronic Pain in the Tummy” (CPIT) or “Continual Runs, usually Diarrhea” (CRUD).
What difference would a change of name make in your life? Let us know with a comment.
̈ ܹNo matter how many times I see this very short paragraph by Sophie at ibstales.com, I chuckle. I tried writing “giggle,” but that sounds too undignified. She’s had a calm period, and writes:
No sooner had I written an entry saying I was so well I didn’t have anything to write about, my intestines gave me something to write about. They’ve very helpful like that. Sometimes they even make the bed.1
- http://www.ibstales.com/blog/ooops.html, accessed 9-2-07 [↩]
Funny [or not so much]
I was using a feed validator to check on the feed for another blog, when I thought to myself: “Why not check ForMyTummy.com?” I entered the name of this blog into the RSS validator, and one of the problems it highlighted was as follows
“line 342, column 0: style attribute contains potentially dangerous content: align (2 occurrences) [help]”
followed by this code:
ul style=align: center;
I suppose that if I were to take a message from this about the ForMyTummy blog, it would be that it’s dangerous for the blog to have so much content about Align. There should be more coverage about other aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Align is Safe
Align, more than any other dietary supplement or probiotic for IBS has been tested for safety, as well as efficacy. That is, it is safe and effective specifically for IBS.
Align Promotional Discount Code
Moving away from the lighthearted, I want to mention again that I have a promotional code you can use to buy Align. Write a serious comment to any post on this blog, send me a message at tummyblogger [at] gmail.com that you have written a comment, and I’ll send you the promotional code for the $5 discount. We don’t know yet whether it is reusable; I certainly hope so.
How to Comment
Commenting is easy. Just click on the “no comments” or “comments (2)” or whatever the number that always appears at the end of a post on the lower right hand side.
i thought you might like to take a break and look at this interesting collection of bathroom signs around the world. As memes (miniature themes)– also read “lists”–for blogs who do memes, this is a winner!
The oriiginal author, as you will see, was thinking in terms of conveying gender in a few strokes. I’m thinking in terms of making the distinction as distinct as can possibly be recognized in one second.
Somehow the final two lines, text rather than pictures, is included when I give the link, and blockquoting doesn’t resolve the problem by indenting. I can’t see the two lines below on any edit screen, so I can’t delete them. They occur at the end of the pictures in the link given above.
A collection of amazing and funny toilet sign photos from around the world.
Labels: Amazing, Funny Pictures
Read the following in conjunction with the Page on this blog called IBS Triggers.
I’ve just added the blog “Confessions of a Bathroom Dweller” to the list of links. The author has a post on not going the extra mile, “Sprite is an Essential Food Group!”
In part, she says:
Someone found my little corner of the blog word by typing in:
“is sprite bad for people with IBS”
ahhh….someone after my own heart. You see, I know carbonation is “bad” for people with IBS. My brain knows that it is not smart to intentionally consume something that will add air to my system. But of everything I have had to give up or modify to deal with my IBS, Sprite is the ONE thing I REFUSE to give up.
For me, it’s coffee–well, at least some coffee. Not very much. About 1/4 of a cup, mixed with mocha soy, but some.
OK. We all do it, we all pay a price.
What we could do:
- Cut down the amount - just one Sprite, ™ less than one cup of coffee spread throughout the day
- Diminish the effect - let the Sprite ™ go flat before you drink it, mix the coffee with non-coffee compatibles
- Share it so you eat or drink less
- Make it with substitutes - soymilk instead of milk,
- Chew it carefully (pecans, almonds) or grind it up
- Use it in powdered form - powdered cocoa, not chocolate, not even dark chocolate with no dairy and no sweetener
- Give it up for IBS control?>
What’s your favorite dodge on the “essential food groups” plaint?
We saw this once before with EBay - IBS is such a popular term that it must be for sale!
These two ads were posted on one side of a Yahoo! ™ search page”
# Ibs Trigger Foods
Find Bargain Prices On ibs trigger foods.
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Do you have any brief stress-reducing humor to share? Please let us know!
I came across the following eBay ad (in Google’s AdWords format) as I scanned the listings for irritable Bowel syndrome.
I’m reproducing the content and layout.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Get new Irritable Bowel Syndrome
on eBay Express. Happy Shopping!