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Amber J. Tresca

The Bathroom Dream

By May 14, 2014

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Do you ever have dreams about not being able to find a bathroom when you need one? Perhaps you dream about finding a bathroom but it is horribly unclean or somehow unusable? I have these types of dreams all the time, usually when I am under some kind of stress. And, truthfully, it has happened often enough in real life that I encounter a bathroom that is less than perfect. This is why I have tissue, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer in my car and in my purse at all times.

Dreaming about toilets isn't at all unusual for people with IBD. People who have a chronic health condition commonly have dreams closely related to their illness or sometimes even dream about death. The bigger problem is that these dreams can disturb your sleep. How do you deal with sleep problems?

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May 14, 2007 at 4:34 am
(1) Tania Carpenter says:

With the toilet dream, i didnt have to have that as it actually happened to me quite a few times and it is very annoying because as you know when you have to go you have to go but unfortunately we do get caught out. Nobody wants to use a disgusting toilet so i have even found myself so desperate that i have prefered using a spot thats hidden in the bushes if travelling in a car for a period of time. it does really become annoying but its no dream its reality.

May 14, 2007 at 4:34 am
(2) Father Thomas Flowewr CFJ says:

Dear Ann:

Thank you for your informative, and interesting news letter.

Regarding the issues of bathrooms, including the domestic one, the scene of many, sometimes totally discusting enemas, I have found a realistic letting go of expectations, and armouring my self with humor borrowed from my favorites; Laurel and Hardy, the Honeymooners, and the 3 stooges. A little self deprecating, but hey, this is basics.

Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Peace; Fr. Tom

May 14, 2007 at 7:22 am
(3) John says:

I have read the other comments and can readily empathize with them. The problem is not so much the dream as the actuality. One of my passions used to be back-country hiking which I have given up since acquiring Crohns. The problem is that I still go out with friends whenever possible to remote areas to view wildlife. I may be some distance from a washroom facility – even an outhouse, however undesirable that is, may be difficult to find. If I need to go, I find myself racing to find the next available washroom as there are some mechanics of going outdoors that I’ve never been able to work out or feel comfortable with. For example, what do I do if I mess up my clothes while emptying my bag? What do I do with the soiled clothes should this happen and the person I am with has to be driving for several hours afterwards? How do I clean wash my hands afterwards? Will wetwipes be sufficient. I`d love to hear from others who have conquered this problem.

June 8, 2007 at 2:04 pm
(4) Joanna says:

Oh my goodness, I am young and have this problem. Going out with my friends it is so embarrassing to go out and have to “use” the bathrooms so often. I also have a nervous stomach so when i am in line, it is very hard to control. I had a bathroom nightmare that turned out to be a reality. Has anyone ever seen the movie Along Came Polly….? Well let’s just say that happened and i used a trash can near by. I never go to another football game ever. I’d rather throw up on a stranger because I was drunk than deal with an intense bathroom situation or lack there of.
I am so thankful I am not alone in this world. I also have to say, I have the best, most understanding husband ever. Funny thing is opposites attract definelty…. he has the extreme opposite problem, severe constipation. Can go 2-3 weeks without going to the bathroom. Love at first bowel movements.

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