Let’s go back to the day before I saw Dr Ashton. I had been on a night shift in work with my very good friend Michelle. I was going to the toilet every 10 minutes and passing blood with severe pain. I shit you not! I was dead on my feet, but I pushed through and finished the shift, didn’t get much work done though. Poor Michelle did everything!
I got home and continued going to the toilet throughout the day. I didn’t sleep a wink. The next morning I called the doctors to see a different GP and was lucky enough to get one the same day. I was due in work the next day and knew I wouldn’t be able to go in. Not a chance in hell. I had never had a sick day until now.

I will not name the Wal-Mart owned supermarket chain I used to work for, but the response I got when I called in sick was…

“Can’t you just take Imodium and come in?”.          Say what?!

I responded “No, no I can not. I have a GP appointment in a few hours, so I’ll take their advice”.

Little did I know, If I had taken the stupid bitch’s advice I could have been in a very serious, life threatening position.
Flash forward to me in hospital, just after my colonoscopy, my Gastroenterologist was talking to me about the disease, the plan going forward and what my life would be like living with UC. I happened to mention the advice I had been given by one of the managers in work. Take Imodium. To say he was furious would be an understatement. He said if I had taken Imodium in the state I was in, I may have needed my colon removed or even died (rare outcome, but could have happened)! I know now, what he was referring to is a rare complication called Toxic Megacolon sometimes caused by medications such as Imodium. My dad told him he would be going to give them both barrels. Which he did. Good ol’ Santa!

So my advice to you here is NEVER take any medication without the consent of your GP or consultant… preferably your consultant.

Published by Elle Quinn