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gudrin
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I do see the funny side to all of this too, but I'm getting rather frustrated. I'm home alone for the day. Not a big deal, this happens most every day. However, usually I can get in touch with my husband if anything goes wrong, but today I can't. He's at a business meeting in Canada and won't be home till really late tonight.

I got up this morning, an hour or so after my husband left, and proceeded to the bathroom. The water in the toilet was high. I knew it was plugged so I grabbed the plunger and tried to get the stupid thing to unplug. The water moved more freely, so I used the toilet. Okay, no problem. Things seemed to be working, though not at peak performance. I figured I would wait a couple of hours and see how things were working.

A couple of hours later, I had a bout with morning sickness. There was no way I was going to make it out of the house* without making a mess elsewhere, so I headed for the toilet. Once again, though slow moving, things seemed to still be working. I waited till some of the nausea passed, not wanting to be looking into a toilet with a plunger while feeling sick, and then tried plunging the stupid thing again. No go. Meanwhile, my husband calls just before his border crossing, and I asked him what he did to the toilet. "Oh yeah! I plugged it." Really? I had no idea.

Now things are getting desperate. It won't work. I don't have a plumbing snake to use on it, can't call the plumber because they won't get out here today anyway, and have only one bathroom. None of the neighbors are home (and they live a few miles away anyway) so I can't use their bathrooms. So, what does a pregnant lady that's feeling sick do in times of need? Luckily there's a mop bucket in the basement that works rather well. I also grabbed another bucket in case of illness. Of course this had to happen when I couldn't get in touch with my husband. Although, he already knows anyway. Gah!

* I figured I would go outside if I got sick, then I could hose down the area and no one would really know.

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You wouldn't happen to have a garbage diposal in your kitchen sink? If so, that would be a good place to spew while the toilet's backed up.

But you're in the country and someone's probably convinced you you can't have a disposal with a septic (false). Then again, you're out in the country, so at least you can slop your bucket outside the immediate vicinity of the house.

Good luck! I have an old one-bath farmhouse, but we've used the motorhome toilet for a spare in times of need.

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Why not just use the sink? Unless you don't chew your food properly, nothing is going to be too big to go down the sink.

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I actually use the kitchen sink on a regular basis. The side with the disposal anyway. It's a lot more comfortable than the toilet. Plus you can run the water while you are getting ill, helps with the "smell". I started doing this when I was pregnant with my last daughter and we only had one bathroom.

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Oh, my. Sounds terribly familiar. We've named our toilet The Diva, because sometimes she performs, and sometimes she doesn't. We've become very friendly with our neighbor across the street; he's our plumber. When I call the dispatch lady, I just say "Tell Dave to swing by on his way home tonight." We bought a drain snake, too, which has cut down on visits from Dave. I would recommend one, they're pretty cheap.

On another note, I hope the morning sickness passes quickly.

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I used the sink while I was pregnant. I've never felt comfortable putting my face that close to a toilet bowl.
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I would also recommend the sink.

We use zip-loc bags for carsickness. They work well, and seal the stink in nicely.

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gudrin
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The toilet is working just fine now. My husband had it working within two minutes of getting home. Evidently there's a trick to the plunging that I didn't know about when I tried it. Either that, or I'm just not strong enough or something.

About using the kitchen sink...It's a good idea, but not feasible for me. Let's just say the visual wouldn't do me any good. That's why I use the toilet. I can close my eyes and not worry about it.

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quote:
Originally posted by gudrin:
The toilet is working just fine now. My husband had it working within two minutes of getting home. Evidently there's a trick to the plunging that I didn't know about when I tried it. Either that, or I'm just not strong enough or something.

About using the kitchen sink...It's a good idea, but not feasible for me. Let's just say the visual wouldn't do me any good. That's why I use the toilet. I can close my eyes and not worry about it.

1. Glad to hear you got'er up and working.

2. My mother knows the plunger trick (i.e. actually getting one to work). I just bought one of those really long ones, that move a LOT of water, so that it'll either move the clog or break the damn toilet [lol]

3. What happened to the good ol' Spew Bucket? That's what my family used. Of course, just one look at the thing and you feel like throwing up anyways.

Talk about Pavlov's dog. Sheesh. [fish]

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quote:
Originally posted by gudrin:
The toilet is working just fine now. My husband had it working within two minutes of getting home. Evidently there's a trick to the plunging that I didn't know about when I tried it. Either that, or I'm just not strong enough or something.

Yeah -- plunging is both a science and a sport. I don't think I was ever up for the intellectual and physical challenge of it when I was pregnant.

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Since brushing my teeth (of all things) is what triggered the vomiting when I was pregnant (both times!!!), I sort of got used to using the sink.

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Since brushing my teeth (of all things) is what triggered the vomiting when I was pregnant (both times!!!), I sort of got used to using the sink.

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Remind me never to eat at any of your houses! Throwing up in the sink? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

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Jason Threadslayer
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I've had to use the bathtub because I couldn't get off the toilet...

And the garbage bag was full.

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quote:
Originally posted by SkyeWynters:
3. What happened to the good ol' Spew Bucket? That's what my family used. Of course, just one look at the thing and you feel like throwing up anyways.

You can't do nothing about the fresh bucket making you sick (apart from getting a nicely colored Velvet Spew Bucket Cover (tm) [Wink] ), but you can do something about the smell: Put some water (about three fingers high) in the fresh bucket. It keeps the smell at a tolerable level.

Don Enrico

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quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
I've had to use the bathtub because I couldn't get off the toilet...

Me too, once. [Frown]

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Originally posted by Mosherette:
Remind me never to eat at any of your houses! Throwing up in the sink? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

What, you prepare your meals in the sink?!

I've used the bath, too. Good thing it's quite close to the toilet!

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Originally posted by Mosherette:
Remind me never to eat at any of your houses! Throwing up in the sink? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Well , naturally I'd clean the sink with bleach and disinfectant afterward!

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quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
Remind me never to eat at any of your houses! Throwing up in the sink? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Bleach is your friend.

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After the last time I had food poisoning, it's been a requirement of mine that every house I live in must have at least one toilet that is comfortably close to the sink, for those moments when everything is coming out of you as fast as it can.

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quote:
Originally posted by Don Enrico:
quote:
Originally posted by SkyeWynters:
3. What happened to the good ol' Spew Bucket? That's what my family used. Of course, just one look at the thing and you feel like throwing up anyways.

You can't do nothing about the fresh bucket making you sick (apart from getting a nicely colored Velvet Spew Bucket Cover (tm) [Wink] ), but you can do something about the smell: Put some water (about three fingers high) in the fresh bucket. It keeps the smell at a tolerable level.

Don Enrico

Oh, it's not the smell - it smells all lemony and piney thanks to cleaning it and using it to mop floors. It's just the bucket in and of itself. Of course, the screams of "Where's the bucket? Where's the bucket? *vomit on the floor*" doesn't help either [lol]

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