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    Restroom Access Card

    Hey, yall....I keep reading posts where people are talking about a Restroom Access Card--how do you get one of those? And what exactly does it mean? Will people have to let you use their restrooms even if they're not public?

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    They're more for when you're standing in a long line of women waiting to use the bathroom, and you can show them the card, and hopefully they will let you go on ahead of them.

    No card can admit you to a non public restroom, unfortunately. But, in a store, etc, you can show it to the store owner and they might be more likely to let you use their bathroom.
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    Ah....thanks. That's a good idea. How do you get one?

    Another question--sorry I'm still trying to learn--in the ICN shop, how does the travel john work? I'm thinking about ordering some, but wanted to find out how to use it first. (It's gotta be easier than trying to pee in a cup while going down an interstate with no rest area/service station in sight).

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    I believe you can get the card by signing up at the first page of the website --the www.ic-network.com but I'm not exactly sure where on that page it is. I have no idea how to use the potty thing, in fact I dont even remember seeing that before. You've got me intrigued now though and I'm gonna have to check that out.

    Hopefully someone will come along that can give you more info on it.

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    04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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    I found the card and ordered one.....don't know that I'll ever actually need it but it would still be nice to have just in case.

    I can't tell much about the travel john from the pic on the ICN shop. If it works though, I am definitely going to place an order. I always seem to get caught in a place with no restroom at the worst times....lol.

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    I used the restroom card for access to a restroom in Berkeley. Many stores deny restrooms to everyone because of the large number of homeless in Berkeley. Of course, they're the ones who most need access, so it's particularly sad. Anyhow, I was in need of a restroom & went to the manager, & just handed him the card. He opened the restroom immediately, unlocking the door with the "out of order" sign.

    Recently, the card got me a seat near the lavatory on a plane. Flying home from the IC conf in San Diego, I got a "C" ticket, which means you board last, & usually are stuck in the middle seats. I went to the desk & asked for a seat near a restroom. The attendant said, "I can only change your seat if you have a disability." I said, "I do, I have a bladder disorder recognized by the Social Security Administration as a disability and under the Americans with Disabilities Act I need to sit near a restroom." He raised an eyebrow and said, "Do you have a handicapped sticker on your car?" I said, "No, but I do carry a card stating the illness & need for frequent & immediate restroom access." He said, "Good enough." and gave me preboarding authorization. I got a few curious looks getting on the plane with the elderly & families with small children, but I frankly didn't care at all.

    I tried to use the card on another airline before & was turned down. Wound up assigned a middle seat, begging other passengers to trade (had to ask a lot of people, most said no, very embarrassing experience). I don't know if I just happened to get someone decent this time, or if it was the "Social Security Admin/Americans with Disabilities Act" mention that helped.
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    I have only used my card once and I was escorted to the employee rest room by the store manager. The next time I was in the store, he told me to feel free to go back there by myself if I need to.

    The Travel John is a little difficult to describe. It has a plastic oblong at the top, which fits the female anatomy pretty well, and a plastic bag attached with absorbent material inside. The way you use it is to unfold the bag, then press the plastic against your perineal area so the urine will be guided into the bag. When finished, I use a tissue to blot myself, then put the tissue into the bag. If we're out walking, I carry mine in a tote bag --- the absorbent material inside keeps it from spilling if you use just a bit of caution. You can then discard the whole thing when it's convenient.

    I have used one more than one time, but usually don't.

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    I wouldn't use it unless it was absolutely necessary. I am thinking about a situation I was in over the summer when I think having something like that would have come in handy. We went to a 4th of July fireworks show. First of all, it was very crowded. It was sort of a "block party" type thing. No businesses were open and there were no Port-A-Potties or anything like that available. We'd been there for about 15 minutes and I really started having to go. I held it as long as I could because there wasn't any place for me to go. Finally after 45 minutes of holding it the best I could, I just had to go. It was dark out, so I went and got in my car and used a large McDonald's cup.......that was very very hard to do but I just couldn't hold it anymore. So I think if I ever find myself in another situation like that, the travel john would be perfect.

    (I cannot believe how much I am telling you guys....it's really embarrassing!)

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