Post # 1
So i’m planning on getting married in South Africa at the end of next year which i’m very excited about! I’m travelling out in 3 weeks time to go and look at some venues however one thing putting me off getting married abroad and not in the UK is my UC.
I had a really bad year last year due to lots of stress and have been put on Azathioprine as of December. I feel much like my old self which is great but i’m so worried about travelling the long distance. It seems that whenever i get on a plane my tummy plays up which leads to you know what but i have an unfortunate side effect of UC known as Sweets Syndrome which creates clusters of small painfull lumps on none other than MY FACE! I’m hoping that my new pills will keep everything under control so April will be the test to see if these pills are really helping! I know my OH wouldnt care what i looked like on our wedding day as he proposed to me while my face had flared up but it’s just one of those days you want to be at your best!
So my question was, how do other brides cope/manage their UC or other bowel issues in the lead up to the big day? My OH has suggested that my hen party should be done months before the big day which i’m going to take onboard but i doubt it will be anything crazy anyway!
Post # 3
@cazza87: I’m sorry, I don’t have a lot to offer on the topic. But I do have a father with very advanced Chron’s disease (been on TPN for 2 years, had a transplant, rejection, and removal surgery all since nov ’12) so I’m pretty intimately familiar with some of the side effects and challenges of lving with UC.
Relax! I know it’s so much easier said than done, but seriously. The people who love you love you with UC, so they will understand. Do what you can in the lead up, but don’t let yourself get too stressed. Enlist help when you need it before you even think you need it.
Re: the plane. Can you fly in early so you can recover in time? That might help. Are you ok to take some sleeping pills? That might help with the stress as well, not to mention that’s a really long flight so sleeping will be good and help the time pass. I really like melatonin because it’s a natural supplement.
Good luck and congratulations! I hear SA is really beautiful!
Post # 4
Hi there, I am afraid I can’t be much help, but my FBIL has very bad UC, he is hospitalised regularly and at the moment is 6 foot 4 and only 8 and a half stone. Obviously the menu choices will affect him more than most, but with his and another guests UC, the grooms severe dairy allergy, the 5 vegetarians and one hindu, I think my work on the menu choices is cut out for me!! I hope your tummy behaves, SA is absolutely beautiful! Stress exacerbates pretty much any condition of the bowel, so just try to relax and enjoy yourself, and make sure you get there in time to have a rest before the big day! 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for your replies. I suppose i’m just going to have to try and not worry about these things! Much easier said than done but we’ll see how things go….!