Monday, May 21, 2018

Crohn's Obituary

In honor of World IBD Day, I am reposting my Crohn's obituary for the day IBD is cured.....

Crohn’s Disease, prominent bowel disease, died last night from complications of losing his soul mates Ileitis and Colitis. No one is really sure of his age, but according to written records, he was over 86 years old.

Asked about the loss of his dear friend, IBS, the soon to be obsolete and forgotten disease, described Crohn’s as complicated and was looked up to by other diseases of the body for his wide range of symptoms.

In the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche.  This hidden quasi-Freudian persona surfaced in the super-ego-like pursuit of his desire to be the number one disease.   

Sadly, the protracted search ended early Monday morning in complete and utter failure.  Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Crohn’s secretly clung to the belief he was to live forever.

He is survived by IBS but has also come to the realization that soon another obituary will be written about him and will only survive in the pages of old medical journals.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

World IBD Day is May 19

Many of us know that 19 May 2018 is World IBD Day.

Bringing awareness to IBD, Crohns and Colitis is another step closer to a cure and ending the stigma associated with the disease.

World IBD Day

Friday, May 11, 2018

Crohn's Baby

Wednesday was like any other day. It's my regular day off, went to the gym, ran errands, cleaned around the house, ate dinner and took my son to taekwondo class. 
After dinner though, I started to feel tightness in my abdomen, not out of the ordinary but a little different than normal. It was bad enough that I had to lay down in the car while my son practiced. After getting home and getting ready for bed, the tightness was worse. I took a look in the mirror and there it was....... my Crohn's baby.
My abdomen was so distended and tight, I looked pregnant.  I tried my normal procedures like laying on my stomach in hopes to maybe relieving the pressure by passing gas....didnt work. I tried having bowels movements (as it felt like I had to go)....didnt work.  I was up and down, up and down, up and down from bed to bathroom for hours before I finally had to give in to what was happening to me.
I had a block.
On one of my trips to the bathroom I started throwing up while I sat on the toilet.  That continued throughout the night and into the morning until there was nothing left to throw up. Definitely a block in MY experience.  Not sure how....but there it is.
Now was the question, do I go to hospital? I need my intestines to rest and the best way is with an IV. I decided to stay home and not eat but just drink water and tea and stay in bed to rest. That seemed to work. Later that night, whatever was causing the block, released. I took over 24 hours, but it felt so much better after that.  I am still sore, but the pain is gone.
It's been years since I've had a Crohn's baby, I hope its years more before I have to experience it again.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018