Hello! I am studying to become a ship Officer since 2 weeks, i'm going to study for 4 years and i am going to practice/work on ships for 1 of those years, now to the question. I have talked to many people and they all seem to agree that i can pass the health tests to work on ships, but i'm just generally worried about getting sick on board, since it can take a long time before you get to a doctor/harbour/helicopter.
More specifically, i'm worried about Ilius or Bowel Obstruction - i've heard that jpouch people get these some times, a friend of mine who also has a j pouch got one, she has had many surgeries. How common are these, and how fast do you need to get surgery? Will you die otherwise? Is there something you can do yourself to help when you get one?
All other issues i think you can take care on the ship or can wait until you reach a harbour, for example i will bring my own pouchitis medicines and self-medicate if i need to, and also bring some codeine phosphate if i feel real bad.
So should i be worried or is it all right?