Saturday, August 30, 2014

50,000 Thank You's

When I started this blog back in 2009 on the urging of my sister-in-law, I never dreamed it would ever reach 50,000 page views, let alone have people actually wanting to follow what I have to say.
This blog started out as a simple "diary" for me and my experiences with Crohn's with the off-chance that someone might want to read it and maybe help them deal with all this "crap".
I wanted to take this time, and this posting, to thank everyone who has stopped by for a visit.  I hope, maybe, that I was able to give you some help or a laugh (or two).  Also like to thank those that have Facebooked, tweeted, and all that social media "stuff" as well as for adding me to your "Best Of" lists for the past 2 years.  As well as those who have commented, emailed, supported, contributed to this blog and have purchased my artwork.  A big thank you to my family who have helped me through the years while dealing with this illness, especially my lovely wife and two boys.  I don't say it a whole lot because I'm not the touchy-feely-give me a hug-kind of guy, but I can't thank everyone enough.

Thank you.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crohn-fucius Say...

"Life is too short to worry....
                 "Life is too long to wait."


Friday, August 15, 2014

You Might Be A Crohnie...

If you call your bloated abdomen your "Crohn's baby"...
you might be a Crohnie


Friday, August 8, 2014

Fatigue Anyone...??

Talk with anyone that suffers from Crohn's and it'll be THE most common symptom amongst us.
But what, if anything, can we do about it?
The most common, is anemia, so boosting your red blood cells and iron are key.  Here's what you can do as far as food goes:

Iron. Food rich in iron can help your body rebuild what it has lost. Lentils and legumes are a great way to get the iron you need and they are healthy for you in many other ways, too.
Copper. This vital mineral can be found in many foods, including shellfish, poultry, liver, whole grains, beans, cherries, chocolate and nuts.
Folic Acid. Long known as a great help for pregnant and nursing mothers, foods that contain folic acid include lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, blackeyed peas and cereals fortified with folic acid.
Vitamin A. This very important vitamin can be found in a multitude of fruits, including grapefruit, mango, watermelon, plums, cantaloupe and apricots.
Vitamin B12. Meat, eggs and fortified cereals are a great way to get plenty of B12 in your diet.
Vitamin B6.  This vitamin is found in a wide variety of foods, including meats, whole grains and bran, nuts and seeds, fish, vegetables and legumes.
There are also supplements, if you can tolerate them.
Iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 & Vitamin E, can also help in boosting your red blood cells.

Believe it or not, and even though you don't want to do it most days, but exercise can also reduce your fatigue levels.
Also, the simple act of sleeping helps.  But the effects of the disease itself, like pain, anxiety and depression are also factors in contributing to feeling tired.
Many times though, its the very medication that helps us, that tires us.

Be sure that every time you go to your specialist, or regular doctor, mention it.  Don't think that it can't be treated.....maybe they have suggestions that will help.  Not ever thing is going to work for everyone.
Can't hurt to try.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Let One Go

The best version of Let It Go out there.....from a Crohnie perspective.........ENJOY!  (I did)

Thanks to UK comedian Nick L'Mao