Happy Monday all. If I managed to schedule this post correctly, I should be in the air when this goes out. I’m going on my first holiday in years-since my time living in China and my travels in Thailand. It’s only Spain, and that seems around the corner compared to some of the places I’ve visited before. However, everyone knows a holiday is rarely straightforward when it comes to living with IBD. So today, I thought it would be funny to share some of the crazy things IBD makes us do when we’re on holiday. I know this will be me over the next week or so-how many do you recognise?
1.You pack your medication in about 12 separate locations. Just in case.
Because what if your hand luggage is lost AND your suitcase goes walkabouts? Best to divide your medication so it’s in your makeup bag, hand luggage, zip compartments, your partner’s or families case and anywhere else you can stash it- just in case. (and then promptly forget where you’ve left it and panic).
2. You’re armed with Factor 50
Thank you Azathioprine and your increased sun sensitivity risk. Now I spend thirty minutes trying to rub in this thick, white cream into my face so I don’t look like a mime artist. On the upside, by the time I’ve rubbed it in; the sun has disappeared-so it is very effective at preventing sunburn.
3. You’ve got the toilets memorised.
‘Where’s the toilet?’ Someone nonchalantly asks; whilst you reel off the location of all loos within a mile radius of the resort. Better safe than sorry eh?
4. It’s Day 3 and you’re on rice.
It started so promisingly. Your gut was behaving and you were enjoying the odd glass of sangria and the local food. By day 3, it’s not happy: it’s not used to hot weather, eating all times of the day and all those vegetables have got it in a right hump. Cue the ‘I’m just sticking to rice and water’ day; whilst you shoot daggers at everyone else tucking into a sharing platter (I hate smug sharing platters).
5. Everyone knows you’re the one to borrow Imodium off
But on the upside, everyone knows you can be depended on when it comes to Imodium. You’ve come prepared (and, again, packed it in about 12 different locations) and after everyone insisted on eating that street food, have emerged into a mini-pharmacy.
6. You take the Spanish Siesta very seriously.
At least when you’re on holiday, an afternoon nap is seen as cultural rather than lazy. And you fully take advantage of that loophole.
7. You’re the one gulping water every fifteen minutes
Because IT IS SO EASY TO GET DEHYDRATED and sometimes the hot weather alone can piss of our gut (More on this in ‘Can heatwaves affect IBD’)
8. You’re terrified of getting food poisoning (and when it does, it’s far more than a 24-hour thing)
No, I won’t have ice cubes. Or salad. Or that delicious-looking thing from a cart on the side of the road. Because the food poisoning risk is real people, and unlike regular folk, we don’t always bounce back after 24 hours.
9. You spend a lot of time peering at food menus, desperately hoping there’s something you can eat.
I’ll be looking for gluten-free, dairy-free, low fat, not too high fibre and not too many vegetables. Oh and no seeds. That should be easy right? Bring on the rice.
10. You’re an expert at the language
Or so everyone thinks. Because all you’ve memorised is toilets, diarrhea, water and hospital (these were literally the only words I knew for six months when living in China.
How many of these do you recognise? If you are jetting off this summer, my travelling with IBD post might help!
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