Living on my own with IBD

I am in 9th grade and I go to a boarding school. I only went for a week, and then I was rushed to the hospital. Now I go back on October 1st. However, during that week I learned so much about living basically on my own with a crohnic illness. Here is what I learned.

1. Toilet troubles

I don’t know about you, but I hate having diarrhea when other people are in the bathroom. Therefore, I always scope out bathrooms that are semi hidden or go in the middle of class so that I am not embarrassed.

2. Drink lots of water

I am SO guilty of not drinking enough water. If you really don’t like water like me, try the more “classy” waters and see if you like the taste better. I personally like Core water. Some people prefer Figi or plain ol’ Dasani though. You could also get a water filter if you have a sink in your room. It is worth the money if it makes you drink more water because being hydrated really makes you feel less fatigued.

3. Be open to your teachers and “dorm parents” about your IBD

Doing so will allow them to be understanding when you are getting up in the middle of class or need to go to the nurse. Instead of thinking you are just constantly trying to dodge doing work, they will know what you are going through. Keeping all the adults in your life in the loop will make everyone’s life easier.

4. If you are comfortable with doing so, be open to your friends about your disease, too.

You don’t want the first time your friends hear about your illness to be when you are screaming out in pain. I was open with my friends from the very beginning so they were very understanding when they woke up and I wasn’t there because my mom had to pick me up.

5. Don’t feel pressured into pushing yourself.

If you feel like you shouldn’t go to volleyball practice one day or your worried about pizza Friday, you are probably right. Your body is trying to tell you something. Listen before it’s too late.

Thanks for reading my article! These are just a few things that I learned during my short time at boarding school. I hope I helped!


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