Where did you go?
In August I went on a girls holiday to Las Vegas to celebrate us all turning 21.
What tourist attractions did you visit and do you have any tips for people with IBD who would like to see these?
In Vegas it was mostly pool parties we went to during the day and clubs at night. We were lucky that we had private tables in these parties, which meant we had a clear route to the toilet. In one nightclub when I needed to go to the bathroom, I asked the table bouncer and he escorted me to the toilet. There were queues, so I explained to him and he let me use a staff toilet. America was great, as people are really knowledgeable and understanding about Crohn’s.
Did you do any prior research before the trip?
My friends had booked a couple of restaurants before we went, so I went on their website and checked out their menus. What I then did was send an email to the restaurants explaining my condition and what I could eat, they were more than happy to help. I also found every restaurant we went to out there helpful. Before each meal they would ask if anyone had any allergies or dietary requirements. It was helpful because I always feel like a fussy customer bringing things up, but when they offer it just makes the situation easier.
Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?
In Vegas I was so, so tired. The late nights and jet lag made me feel awful and sick. On one day I fainted because it was just too much for me. It made me realise I needed to chill out and not be so worried about keeping up with the group. I had brought all my medication from home, as well as aloe vera gel which I have a shot of every morning as to try not to disrupt my routine, but I think that eating at different times made it hard to stick to a routine. My tummy did feel upset, and would often wake me up, which then didn’t help with my fatigue. I always find when I go away I get constipated, but I only was for the first few days, then I had loose green stools. I knew this meant I wasn’t digesting food properly, so I made sure I was at least drinking lots of water.
Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?
We had originally been looking to go to Las Vegas for five days as it was hard-core partying! But because of the jet lag and travelling there and back, a week was much better as we didn’t have to cram things in.
The toilets in all locations were lovely and clean. As I had gone to built-up, tourist-focused places, everything was well kept.
Can you tell us what the food and cuisine is like? Any tips on where to eat and what to avoid?
Vegas was amazing. They could adapt anything to suit me! Even in an Italian restaurant they made me a non-gluten, non-tomato chicken pasta. Perfect!
On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?
(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)
5. Being away and still suffering these symptoms is really hard, but I am determined not to let it beat me.
On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?
(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)
Luckily, whilst away on all trips I was on Prednisolone so it kind of ‘covered me’. I think if I hadn’t been on the steroids it would’ve been a totally different story. Both times I’ve come off of the steroids my flare has got increasingly worse, so I am really lucky to have been on the steroids whilst I was away. I also didn’t suffer bad side effects on the steroids, just insomnia.
Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management?
Everyday life is a challenge with IBD, so I’m used to things being tough! Nothing in particular stood out for me whilst I was away.
Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD?
I would 100% recommend Vegas for anyone with IBD. America seems so much more advanced on the IBD front and nothing is too difficult for them.