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  • #16
    I actually prefer the blow dryers; the only thing is that there's no paper towel to use to open the door when I leave.

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    • #17
      This is a good thread. We had a student do a Science Fair project on germs in the bathrooms and she found the most germs on the door handle leading out of the bathroom. I am not a germ freak at all. I do wash my hands, and clean off the seat if I see any moisture or if there is a lot of mess, I find another one. I try to train the children at school to be clean about our restrooms. I can't count the number of heart to hearts we've had about cleaning up after themselves. (Actually, though, my conversations with the boys are more interesting.) I was in a restroom the other day and two young mothers were in there with their children and I heard each of them tell their children not to touch ANYTHING. They were adamant.
      I know there are germs out there, but I was the kid that when we played mothers and fathers, I made mud pies and made EVERYBODY eat their dinner. Didn't matter that the 'father' didn't like the mud pie. My grandmother said we had to eat a peck of dirt before we died!
      So, knock on wood, I'm 55 and have survived with no major infections from restrooms - and I know where they all are! (restrooms, that is, in almost every franchise)


      • #18
        Public Restrooms

        I carry clorox spray with me. You can get it at wal-mart for $1.50. Some bathrooms i've been in smell like nursing homes and it is just gross. I found the spray so i bought it so i can clean the seats. You just never know whats on those seats.


        • #19
          I've also wondered about moms/dads changing diapers in public restrooms. I'm not sure I could use those baby changing stationsfor my baby.

          Also, how do you help little kids use public restrooms. I don't think they could hover.:woohoo:


          • #20
            July, I think it just depends on the parent, if Griffin's diaper needs to be changed, I change it. I used to have these little paper thingies that I could put on the public changing tables when I would change him. Honestly though after changing a million diapers it's not hard at all to open the new diaper and get it ready so you can pull of the old one and slip the new one under them while their butt is still up in the air. To be honest there have been a couple of times where the bathroom didn't have a changing table and I had to change him on the floor or he wasn't getting changed at all, or I've done it in the back seat of the car. I know that I've read somewhere that the reason that kids have so many more allergies these days is because we are all so germ crazy and they don't get exsposed to enough germs to build up a tolerance to anything. As a friend of mine said, God made dirt and dirt don't hurt, lol

            I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
            1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
            2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
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            • #21
              Oh, of course people change diapers in there -- and anywhere else they happen to be; if it needs to be changed, you don't have much of a choice!

              It used to drive my husband insane that men's rooms didn't have the diaper changing stations. Our "baby" is 12 years old now, and I understand that some men's rooms do have them now, or a separate 'baby changing' room. But if Jack was in the mall with Susannah, he had a choice of taking her out to the car to change, or just plunking her down on a bench in the middle of everything and doing it there. Usually he went with the bench option. Why do these designers of malls think that fathers never go out with their children?

              When the baby is old enough to use the toilet, the most popular system is just to hold him or her up over the seat. Stand kid on floor to wipe.

              Anyway, Christine is right that some exposure to germs is necessary to help the immune system develop.
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              • #22
                HI! I'm with Christine, I'm not a germ crazy person. I use lots of bathrooms at lots of store.....if I need to go....I find a bathroom and go. Our Walmart had the dirtiest ones of all the stores we go to.......sad huh??
                There was a specialist on Oprah a few years back that said those blow driers in bathrooms actually blow the germs around and it's actually better to use a paper towel that you can toss away. Roxie

                Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
                Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
                Dx'd Hypothyroid
                Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
                June 2007
                Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
                First Cysto 1979
                First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
                Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
                Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
                Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
                Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
                Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
                Bladder surgery 2000
                Dx'd: IBS 2000
                Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
                Laminectomy 1989
                Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

                For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
                I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


                • #23
                  Sharon: you are right, the Wal-Marts have 2 restrooms, and the back ones are usually cleaner. So If i really have to go, then i will use the back ones.

                  Donna: As to the doors, I will grab a paper towel and use that to open it with, however, some of the newer shops don't have doors anymore, they have the long walkways -- so no touching anything!!


                  • #24
                    How Clean?

                    Speaking of diapers; the number of people who sit their diapered babies on tables in restuarants is legion. Perhaps they love their little dears rears, but it sure isnt one of a better idea? Sort of like putting your dinner plate in the seat of a shopping cart and eating.
                    As for the toilet seats; depends on the maid service. I have seen maids clean the seat with the toilet brush.


                    Meds: Melatonin 3mg @ bedtime if needed. Estrogen 1.5 mg troche and 0.1 mg Estrace cream.
                    Diagnosis: IC, PFD (both in remission)