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How do you attend meetings with this illness?


Wed, June 27, 2018 9:52 PM

With my career I am often having to be in long 2-3 hour meetings. I am often tape recorded, and there are often lawyers in the room. It is a high stress situation for a normal person, and then the fear of having to run out of the room to use the bathroom multiple times adds to it. Telling my boss does not help because the people in the meetings are constantly different clients and often trying to pinpoint me/our team to get financial gain. If I run out multiple times my boss does not care, but the clients start to pinpoint me as I look unprofessional.  

I've quit and tried to find other jobs or even change careers but at this point I am stuck because this was the career choice I made/got my masters in. What advice to you have?  

FPO dede1
Joined Jun 27, 2018

Fri, September 14, 2018 11:21 AM

Reply posted for dede1.

I'm in the same boat.

I'm one of the veterans at our company (I lucked out and got in when we were starting up - a year before my diagnosis).
I started climbing the ladder, as you do, even after diagnosis but, having constantly take time off after surgeries and leaving after accidents I stepped down and now, as a veteran with the company, I hold one of the lowest positions - but, at least I get a steady paycheck, even if it's a pity check.

I'm also the "angry guy" at work - and keep to myself.

FPO DougM
Joined Sep 13, 2018

Wed, July 18, 2018 11:29 AM

Reply posted for dede1.

Have you tried opioids?  My Chinese doctor prescribed tincture of opium for my perpetual diarrhea.  Opioids cause constipation.  The stuff works.

FPO charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

Thu, July 05, 2018 8:30 PM

Reply posted for dede1.

I can completely relate. I have changed jobs a few times and each time I fear the first few months when it becomes apparent that no matter how I much I prepare ahead, I have to leave meetings repeatedly for the bathroom. I know that part of it is psychological b/c the minute the door is shut I feel the panic and then this signals my colon and round and round I go. I wish I had a good answer for you, I totally feel your pain. 

FPO betterdays
Joined Jun 12, 2008

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