Saturday, February 17, 2018

Multi-Vitamins

I can't even begin to tell you how many multi vitamin brands I've tried over the years.  Too many to count on two hands, let alone one.
They would usually either cause me pain or discomfort, or pain AND discomfort.  So generally I wouldn't take them.  I would take Vitamins B, C, D, E, and the rest of the alphabet....separately and not even all at once.  Some I would take one day, others another day and so on and so on... I almost needed a chart to help me keep track of what I was taking and when.
That was until just about a month ago when my wife asked me to try a multi vitamin she got from our Chinese medicine Dr friend that we now both see.  I try lots of things, so why not.  Not only did I not have any pain or discomfort, I found that it strengthened my hair, nails and even raised my energy....a little...
They are derived from fruit and vegetables....that's it. I'm guessing all the "fillers" that are in the main stream multi vitamins were causing all my problems.
Other than the fatigue all the time and the usual Crohn's related "issues", things seem to be turning in the right direction finally.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Colonoscopy Superstar

Next time I get either a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, I'm going to have my wife film the aftermath.
Why..?? Because I don't remember anything that either I said or did, or anything anyone said to me.
I always get sedation for any scopes and my gastro makes sure I don't feel a thing.  So much so, what I do or say could make me a YouTube star!
This morning my wife told me all about what happened and I had no idea. Starting with when I came to, she said she had to help me get dressed and cleaned up and when she went to clean off my leg, I put my hands on the wall, spread my legs and said "book em Danno!". Things like that I need to see!! I also was telling her how they didn't want to give me sedation....don't remember.  Also something about if she could avoid speed bumps....yep, don't remember.
The only thing I DO remember, was going into the room, talking with my Dr, they were discussing what meds to give me for sedation, I said "all of them", she gave me the meds, I said "goodnight, make sure I wake up"....... then I was home in bed.  I don't remember anything in between.
Groggy today, but I would LOVE to see video.  I get scopes once a year, so next year I'm going to make sure she gets it so I can become a Crohn's "superstar!!"  LOL

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

You Might Be A Crohnie...

If you can teach your children the alphabet by the different vitamins you take...
...you might be a Crohnie

Monday, January 22, 2018

You Might Be A Crohnie...

If you own just one belt AND have added extra notches not only for weight gain / loss, but also for bloating just throughout the day
...you might be a Crohnie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Remicade : Day 2003

Quick and easy infusion this time.  The nurse called me at home asking if I wanted to come in early as there was a cancellation, so naturally I took it.  I was the first one in so it was nice and quiet.
Weight up again, to 79.8 kg, which is awesome.  Not only because I look "healthier" but also, if I ever end up in hospital, there's some fat stores the disease can take! LOL

Thursday, January 11, 2018

You Might Be A Crohnie...

If you can look like a slim supermodel in the morning and look pregnant in the evening...
... you might be a Crohnie

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy Crohnie New Year

As we near the end of 2017 and enter into a new year, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018.
I guess I should say, "healthier" 2018. Us chronic illness sufferers will never be "healthy" unless a cure is found.
Having said that, I want to thank everyone that has read, contributed and/or commented on my blog.  We're all here to help one another get through whatever we are suffering from.
So, if you are suffering from Crohn's, UC, IBD or any chronic or invisible illness, my hope for 2018 is that your illness will be less painful or debilitating and that we all stay out of hospital

Happy New Year !!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

You Might Be A Crohnie...

If you get to sip clear broth while everyone else stuffs their bellies with Christmas turkey, stuffing, etc.
...you might be a Crohnie


Sunday, December 24, 2017

'Twas The Night Before A Crohnie Christmas

Every year for the past 12 years, I read Twas the night before Christmas to my kids on Christmas eve before they go to bed....here's the Crohn's Disease version that I don't read to my kids...
***warning: language***

‘Twas the night before a Crohnie Christmas, quiet as a mouse
Trying to get to the bathroom without disturbing the spouse.
The TP was hung by the toilet with care,
In hopes that I don’t run out whilst I sat there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
I hope I’m not too loud lest I wake their sleepy heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
But I had to get up, I needed to crap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my throne to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Still pulling up my underwear to cover my ass.

I live on the coast so there wasn’t any snow
Just dreary wet grass that I can see below.
When, what to my very tired eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

A decrepit old driver, not lively or quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
He didn’t look well, he must be inflamed,
But he whistled, and shouted, and called his reindeer by name!

"Now Crohns! Now, Colitis! Now, Pain and Grouch!
On, Abscess! On, Fistula! On, Ostomy and J-Pouch!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"


And then, in an instant, I heard on the roof,
The scratching and farting of that big, silly aof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his toe,
He looked very fatigued, he moved really slow.
A bundle of toys he had flung on my chair,
He looked in pain, it must be a flare.

His eyes, how they squinted! His face quite scary!
He let out a fart, not pleasant or airey!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
I was getting prepared, he was gonna let another one go.

The bags under his eyes, I saw his fatigue
That comes from living with this dam Crohn's Disease.
He had a broad face, (must be the Prednisone),
If he didn’t hurry, he would soon need the throne.


He was chubby and plump, a right smelly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
The moon face, mood swings and twitch of the head,
Soon gave me to know it was for sure the Pred.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to the bathroom,
And filled my toilet with a splat! and a KABOOM!
And laying his fingers, covering his nose,
Giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, he now weighed so much less,
He thanked me and apologized for the big mess.
But when I heard him exclaim, I realized he knew my plight,
“I have Crohn’s Disease too, it’s going to be one HELL of a night!!”

Merry Christmas everyone, hopefully it is disease-free. At least for one day
-Vern