The 12 Days of (an IBS) Christmas

So it’s that time of year again, the silly season is here and things can start to get a little crazy!  There’s parties and gatherings to attend, food to be cooked and enjoyed, carols to be sung and fun to be had.  But it’s also when ordinary people get a little taste of IBSStomach aches, bloating, afternoon naps and trips to the toilet are often part of many people’s Christmas when they indulge a little too much!  However, for someone with IBS, this is their daily life and the simple act of just surviving the holidays without IBS ruining it might be high on the wish list this year.

It can be really tough not to dread the gatherings and parties with family and friends when you just have no idea how the day will go.  You don’t want to say no to things and be a scrooge, but you also have to be mindful of looking after yourself and getting though it the best you can.  It can be hard to relax and enjoy yourself when you’re trying to manage your food triggers and the food looks so good but you’re not sure what will be safe for you to eat.  This time of year can also cause stress and anxiety to increase and you may worry when you at are someone’s house and there is just one toilet for a whole group of people to use, what happens if you need to go!  It can be stressful and tiring, but it can also be a time to enjoy the company of others, give and receive gifts and appreciate the people you love.

Christmas is also a time for song and I thought that some of us may need a little laughter in our lives so thank you to Ellen from Migraine.com for inspiring me to rework this classic Christmas song.  It can be good to see the funny side of life at times, so sing along, you know the tune, have a laugh and try and enjoy yourself the best you can!

The twelve days of (an IBS) Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my IBS gave to me something you just don’t want to see

On the second day of Christmas my IBS gave to me two bloated stomachs

On the third day of Christmas my IBS gave to me three toilet rolls

On the fourth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me four nauseous feelings

On the fifth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me five belly aches

On the sixth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me six pain killers

On the seventh day of Christmas my IBS gave to me seven times I’m running late

On the eighth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me eight times I’m exhausted

On the ninth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me nine gassy bursts

On the tenth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me ten times a napping

On the eleventh day of Christmas my IBS gave to me eleven cramping tummies

On the twelfth day of Christmas my IBS gave to me twelve toilets flushing

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