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    Airplane aisle seat for women, even petite ones - Yes!

    After seven years of dealing with IC/constant urgency and chronic pelvic pain, which made it essential to travel long distances for medical care, I have learned even a 63", 114 pound woman deserves to have an aisle seat. A woman deserves an aisle seat even if she isn't sick, needs to go to the bathroom constant and is in pain from sitting on the airplane. If we reserve the seat or come early to board and get the best seat selection, then there is no explanation required even to a 6'3" 250 pound male. We planned ahead and took the effort to make the trip a comfortable ride and every other passenger on the plane can do the same. As for the situation of being asked to move at the last minute you have an illness which in a lot of cases causes you to be disabled (yes I hate to say that word!) and the ADA covers us with or without a card, but is best to have one. If you have a medicare card that will work or a private disability documentation, even a note from a doctor on a short presription pad, although, this sort of documentation shouldn't be nec.

    As stated before it has taken me years to drop the guilt and claim my aisle seat, please don't wait as long as me! Take you rightful place and don't feel one bit bad about it! I have taken way too many trips stuck between people needing to stand up and/or go to the bathroom on an airplane, then not being able to or being too embarrassed to disturb them. Who paid? Me with a huge flare and hours suffering in my hotel room. Really it was all silly and I was stupid to take so long to realize it! If anyone knows where brain transplant are available, please private message me. LOL!

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    Originally posted by lnseagraves View Post
    Hey,

    I have had a number of annoying situations with IC, and I don't have the card yet but I think I need to get one...

    ...Situation #2: Airplanes. I'm always asking to sit in the aisle seat and I'm always placed elsewhere because I'm 5'2" and "short enough to sit comfortably." Drives me crazy. ...

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  • lnseagraves
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    Hey,

    I have had a number of annoying situations with IC, and I don't have the card yet but I think I need to get one.

    Situation #1: I was in line with a woman with a cane, I DESPERATELY had to go and the only stall open was the disabled stall. I was inline before her and so I go towards the ONE OPEN STALL. She says "excuse me, I'm disabled thats the only stall I can use." and I told her I TOO am disabled in that I have a painful bladder disease and can't hold it.." well it turned into a big thing and made me really mad... She actually had the gall to say "You are a healthy young lady, there is no way you have any bladder problems and if you have to go that badly its your own fault for holding it...." (I'm 24) It made me SO MAD... She ended up getting the stall and I almost peed my pants. My husband said no matter what I should have gotten the stall since I was first, but whatever.

    Situation #2: Airplanes. I'm always asking to sit in the aisle seat and I'm always placed elsewhere because I'm 5'2" and "short enough to sit comfortably." Drives me crazy.

    Situation #3: On vacation I'm frequently told restrooms are for "Employees only" When I was in Hana Hawaii (a town in the middle of nowhere) EVERY BATHROOM IN TOWN WAS EMPLOYEE ONLY!!! no public restrooms anywhere. I was desperate, finally a gas station attendent felt sorry for me as I was obviously in pain... I was so mad. The attendent later told me that they used to have public restrooms but they were so poorly maintained that the town closed them and every establishment made it employee only to keep their own bathrooms clean...

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  • mary124
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    I don't have this card, but only had this problem once, (when I was at a baseball game (of course! when the lines are longer in the women's line than the men's!) but usually the lines are not too long where I go, at the most I have to wait only a few minutes.

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  • Sarojini
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    Actually, you can get the restroom access card without paying to be an Angel Subscriber if you cannot afford that -- just go to the ICN Shop, and look for "Restroom Access Card." You can buy one for a dollar or two.

    I had to use one once... Hubby and I were on a car trip and driving through a pretty rural area. I really had to go and there was only this small appliance shop around. We went in there and Hubby asked for a bathroom for me because I could hardly talk from pain and urgency.... they said no. Hubby got ****** and told them about IC, and the woman had the audacity to say, "Well, do you have proof??"

    I pulled out the Restroom Card, and she backed down right away....

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  • verdicries
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    oh this is AWFUL!! i've had that happen a few times (2 weeks ago actually) and i was in so much pain i cried after coming out of the bathroom. no one cared that i "couldn't hold it".

    on a side note, when i was pregnant w/my son and eating at a restaurant, i naturally had to pee. there was only ONE STALL OPEN and the woman in front of me took a look at my belly and said 'gee i know you're pregnant but i just can't hold it. sorry.' (rather rudely). grrr. so this nice gentleman came up to me and said 'don't worry, i will help you' and let me use the men's room (he stood "watch" to make sure no one else went in!).

    tracy

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  • ICNDonna
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    Usually if you simply say you have a painful bladder disease, folks will let you ahead of them.

    Donna

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  • tbn
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    I too have the Restroom Access Card. I have never had to actually use it, but I keep it in my bag anyways because I am sure it will come in handy. I have never used it because I usually ask to cut the line, and if they deny me anyways then I try and explain the (IC) situation. If that all fails and the mens room if empty, my problem is solved!!!

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  • Roxie2007
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    HI! Sorry to hear you were diagnosed with IC but glad you found us here on the webstie.
    If you pay to join this site one of the perks you get in the welcome package is a IC restroom card that explains that you have IC and need to use the restroom often.....that might help the next time you are in a line.
    I hope that helps you........and you enjoy and learn a lot about IC from this site! Roxie

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  • nascarmms
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    Lines for public restrooms

    I have just been diagnosed with IC 4 weeks ago. Already I have had a couple of times where I had to wait in a long line to go to the restroom. By the time I got to go I was is so much pain I could'nt hardly walk. Any one else had this happen to and any suggestions on what I can do. Thanks
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