Lets face it, if you have Crohn’s Disease you probably spend way more time on the toilet than you like to admit. Sometimes it’s lots of little trips and sometimes a flare can keep you on the toilet for hours at a time. The worst part is that these urges always seems to happen at the least convenient times. Like when you’re cramming for a test and only have two hours to teach yourself five chapters of material. If you’re like me, this can be a constant source of frustration.
Shit is time consuming!
Time is precious in college, and the constant bathroom breaks only add to the stress of being a being a busy, time strapped college student. Don’t let the time you spend on the toilet be a waste. Multitask! Here are a few ways college students with Crohn’s Disease can keep themselves busy and productive while dealing with the incessant struggles of the inconvenient dook urge.
Reading is that one stereotypical thing people do on the toilet, and for good reason. Reading is an outstanding thing to do in general, but it’s also just so darn easy to do on the toilet! You can leave books, magazines, and newspapers in the bathroom at an arms length, and when nature calls, grab that article you have been putting off, you’ll be glad you did. If you didn’t bring something to read, don’t worry. One of my personal favorite things to read in the bathroom are the labels on whatever products I can find laying around. Who knew all the things q-tips could be used for?
Surf The Web
Technology is wonderful, and thanks to the invention of Wi-Fi, we can now quickly and easily take our computers and smartphones into the bathroom with us. There are no more cords, no more dialing up, just turn it on and you’re ready to rock. A long bathroom break is an excellent opportunity for students to update their Facebook status, check out the latest viral YouTube video, or stay current with the latest internet craze.
Get Some Homework Done
When you’re in college, studying is quite possibly the best thing you can do while being stuck in the bathroom. The toilet is an excellent place to get caught up with your studies. You can review your notes, type up a paper, or finish that chapter that you’ve been meaning to read. I mean you were probably studying anyway… right? Besides, its quiet, and no one is distracting you.
Listen To Music
When you’re dealing with a Crohn’s flare, music can be a therapeutic way to cope. Putting in my headphones and blocking out the world is one of my favorite ways to deal with my Crohn’s. Luckily, with all the advancements in technology it is now easier than ever to listen to music. Most smart phones allow you to add music to the device allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes at a moments notice. Make a “toilet time” playlist and fill it with your favorite jams. For me, a little Dave Matthews usually does the trick.
So you didn’t have time to grab anything to occupy your time? That’s fine, an hour-long bowel movement is the perfect time to sit back and reflect on the day, or ponder some of life’s greatest mysteries. Dig deep and really think. How are your classes going? Which major should you choose? Where do you see yourself in ten years? How are you going to convince your professor you need an extension on that term paper?! If you’re not in a philosophical mood, use this time to make a mental list of all the things you need to get done today. Don’t laugh, a good think can do wonders for the mind, and you have nothing better to do so you might as well do something at least sort of constructive with the time.
Your time in college is short. Whatever you do, don’t let time pass you by while you’re stuck on the porcelain throne.
Your turn! What do you do to pass the time when your stuck on the toilet? Share your ideas in the comments section below.