UC on the Go: Be a Smart Shopper
Even if shopping was one of your favorite pastimes, it can be a hassle if you have ulcerative colitis. Your children can help. If you are in an unfamiliar store with your kids and they are old enough, ask them to scope out the restrooms so you know where they are.
When shopping for groceries, stick to stores where you know the layout. Make a list with foods in the order you'll find them in the store, so you can get in and out quicker. If you are fatigued, use a shopping cart, even if you have to pick up just a few items. You can use it to lean on if you need to. Or use a motorized cart that lets you sit down.
Better yet, when you and your partner divide chores, pick doing laundry instead of grocery shopping.
Other options: Use an online grocery delivery service, or make a grocery list and ask a friend or neighbor to shop for you.
UC and Family Life: Make Meals Manageable
When you're tired and achy, you may not feel like preparing meals or even eating them. But good nutrition is essential for both you and your family.
Be ready for days when you don't feel like cooking. Make extra food on the days that you feel good. Fix several meals and freeze individual portions, then pop them in the microwave when you need a quick, hassle-free meal.
What about if your family loves some foods that you can’t tolerate? When you're feeling well, use a little creativity to alter some of the foods to make them easier on you. For example, if you are making fried chicken, set some chicken aside for yourself and bake it instead. If your family likes spicy foods but you need a bland diet, let them add seasonings or spices at the dinner table.
How to Keep Up With Kids’ Activities
When you have young children, there may be days when you don't feel like getting on the floor and playing with them. So it pays to have some quiet activities planned and ready. Playing board games or having your child sit beside you on the bed while you read a book are some options.
If fatigue or diarrhea makes it impossible to sit through a school play or Little League game, ask one of the other parents to take pictures to share with you. You may even want to give the person a video camera to catch some of the action.
Let your child know that you won't be able to be there, but you'll be looking forward to seeing the pictures and hearing about it. You can even make the viewing a special event at home. Have the family watch it together, complete with snacks.