Jokes aside...I could use some advice on a problem I would like to deal with on my own before running to the doctor's office. Here is my story...
I am a student nurse and to top it off, I am a nervous person to begin with. My very first clinical day I had to race home and had a terrible bout of diarrhea. Didn't happen again til this last semester. And wow! Did it happen! It was horrible. I think I get so nervous my GI sys goes wacky. Well, now it is happening about twice a week. I got scared but then noticed throughout the semester that it never happens on days off/weekends.
I am wondering if a change in diet might help. Over the past few weeks I tried eating lots of oatmeal and it worked. I had less episodes. A friend swore to me that I would be in the bathroom more because of the oatmeal but that wasn't true. Then she told me she thinks I have Celiac Disease. But I thought with Celiac disease you had to avoid barley, oats, rye, and wheat.
I am really sorry if I grossed any one out here, please accept my apologies. Nursing school
give anyone else diarrhea!? :imbar
May 9, '02
I can totally relate, malau! :imbar I also struggled with diarrhea during nursing school, mainly on clinical days, but also in my first few years of working as a nurse. (And it's still my body's typical reaction to stress-- Not to the point of irritable bowel or colitis, however-- thankfully!) During my first job in Med/Surg working night shift, I even had my favorite bathroom near the back entrance of the hospital. :imbar I generally only had problems BEFORE clinicals/my shift began, not during. (I'm a terrible "what if-er".) I also had no problems if I was nowhere near the hospital on days off.
Chewable Pepto Bismol tablets were my friend as well as a *LOT* of prayer and reading Bible verses addressing fear which I had written on 3x5 cards in my car. (I can remember someone honking at me at a stoplight after it'd turned green because I was fervently reading my Bible verses and popping Peptos!
) I imagine that increasing your fiber with Metamucil or Citrucel may help bulk things up for you, but Immodium or Pepto Bismol can help in emergencies. If it keeps up though, it might be good to see your doctor as fedupnurse mentioned.
Oh how I wish allnurses b.b. had been there for me in years past...
Last edit by RN-PA on May 9, '02