So when it comes to having bladder issues, especially the frequency in which I go, I have two strikes against me. First, I’m woman — I’ve been told by men that this is why they dislike doing road trips with women — and second, I have MS. Not to mention that from the time I start work until the end of the day there is always a bottle of water in reach. So when it comes to frequency of using the bathroom, my normal is what other people might call “excessive.”
For my co-workers and my patients, this could be an issue, because as a pharmacist, I have to check everything that goes out of the pharmacy. However, the people I work with and I have decided to make it a game and find ways to laugh about it.
To start with, one of my interns started to try putting me on restriction. He would make these little tickets and depending on how long I was there would give me a stack at the beginning of the day. I had to turn in a ticket every time I went to the bathroom. Soon everyone was in on it and throughout any given day, would check to see how many tickets I had left. It evolved to be not only about me and my bladder but we started using this method with others for habits that they had. For example one girl is constantly saying, “Whatever!” So we decided she could have one ticket for every hour she is working. So a six hour shift would net her 6 tickets, and we would laugh at how soon we thought she would run out. Would it be in the first 2 hours or maybe 3? I love that everyone was so understanding about what I go through on a daily basis. Even more, I love that they found a way to adapt it to themselves and turn it into something we can all have fun with.
Through them I’ve learned that you can make every situation fun, it’s all about your perspective and willingness to laugh at yourself.