If you have IBD or other types of GI-related chronic illness, being a guest at someone’s home for Thanksgiving can be a stressful event. Here are some tips and strategies that will let you enjoy Turkey Day stress-free.
#1: Offer to Bring an IBD-Friendly Dish
If you’re worried about having foods to eat that won’t trigger your symptoms, then offer to bring a dish. Even if you haven’t told your host that you have IBD, you can tell them that you’re on a special diet and would like to bring something that complies.
This also gets you off the hook for not sampling every single dish the host makes or other guests have brought.
#2: Consider Giving Your Host a Heads Up
While you may not feel like broadcasting your condition, there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to having a chronic illness like IBD. Being open and honest with your friends and loved ones can buy you some grace when it comes to holiday events.
#3: Eat a Snack Beforehand
Eating a compliant meal beforehand ensures that you’re not starving when it comes time to say no to triggering dishes. If you’re hungry, you’ll be much more likely to give into cravings and eat something that could hurt you down the road.
#4: Consider a Little Air Freshener
If you know you’re likely going to have to use the restroom, and especially if there’s only one restroom in the house, you might consider stashing an air freshener like PooPourri or something similar in your purse or pocket. It’s not a necessity, but it’s definitely a nice touch that’ll help you do what you need to do without embarrassment.
#5: Be Thankful
Remember, it’s not about the food anyway. Thanksgiving — or Friendsgiving — is about spending time with your loved ones and remembering all the things you have to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving from Infusion Express
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our patients, so THANK YOU from all of us at Infusion Express. We’re grateful you’ve chosen us for your IV infusions, and we hope to continue to serve you.
If you haven’t experienced an infusion with us, we hope you’ll give us a try! At Infusion Express, you can enjoy both the warmth of a spa and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date!
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at any of our convenient locations.
If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.