A Holiday Wishlist for Crohn’s & Colitis
Living with IBD, whether you are the patient or the caregiver, is taxing on everyone. I’m sure you have wished for something to help with the burden- from financial assistance to new medication and everything in between.
Every year, children (and some adults too) around the world write up their wishlist for presents for the holiday season. In that vein, here is a holiday wishlist for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
1.) Plush Toilet Paper
Dan is particularly fond of Cottonelle Ultra Double Roll (the purple package). Perfect combination of soft for the tender rear end but sturdy for dealing with IBD messes. And the puppy on the package is mighty cute.
2.) Heated/Cushioned Toilet Seat
Because there’s nothing worse than sitting down for a long haul on a cold, hard toilet seat.
3.) A Day of Eating Whatever You Want
Without thinking about if its a trigger food or worrying about whether or not your stomach will tolerate it.
4.) Less Painful IVs.
Or really, people who are more skilled at placing the IVs.
5.) A World Without Golytly Colonoscopy Prep
Whoever thought giving an IBD patient a gallon of liquid to consume to then make you poop your brains out is an idiot.
6.) Fewer Hospitalizations
Hospitalizations are inevitable for IBD patients. All we can wish for is a year with fewer of them.
7.) Better Hospital Food (from Dan)
8.) Lower Medical Bills
Every year, we spend thousands of dollars on doctor’s appointments, medical procedures, medications, and hospital stays. A year with lower medical bills would be a wonderful and welcome change.
9.) Less Toxic Medications
So many of the medications IBD patients take are toxic and cause horrible side effects in people who already feel bad to begin with. It would be great to have medications that would treat the diseases and not make you feel awful at the same time.
And the final one…
10.) A Cure
This is an obvious one- being that there is no cure for IBD, all we really want is one. A cure that will rid us or our loved ones of the pain of IBD- the cramping, weight loss, food restrictions, and emotional strain.