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The following blog posts are based solely on my personal experiences. I am not a Doctor, Nutrition specialist, Comedian, or Professional Baseball Player. If you have a health, nutrition, humor, or baseball issue please seek a PROFESSIONAL.

Favorite Bathrooms

  • Home Sweet Home
  • When I'm @ someones house: the one farthest away from the crowd
  • @ the Mall: Macy's (as public bathrooms go this one is very nice)
  • If I can't make it to Macy's...JC Penney's will have to do (they recently remodeled so it is better than it was. I don't know why they didn't ask for my input???)
  • Monterey Bay Fish Grotto in Monroeville has a great bathroom
  • Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, My fav place to vacation, their rooms have the most wonderful bathrooms

Helpful links

  • FREE Crohns Disease Support Network
  • Find a Toilet
  • Medical Alert Restroom Access Pass

Monday, January 31, 2011

Green Poop…Yes Sometimes; Green Thumb…No Never!

I don’t know about most people but with my crohns over the years I have experienced several shades of poo. When I go to the GI doctor they always ask: Do you have any blood in your stool? Do you have any black tarry stool? Yes I’ve had shades of red, black, green, yellow, and brown. I think I should have a ring of color swatches to show the doctor. So yes I sometimes have green poo. My thumb however…Double Yoi!!! I do not now nor have I ever had a green thumb. These days it’s even worse. I feel so bad because wonderful loving family and friends bring me beautiful plants (now and in the past) and I really do try but…well…they die. Yes I am a killer of plants, big ones, little ones, ones that flower, ones that don’t. How you ask? Mostly I forget to water them. Some plants are very hardy and they actually survive for a while. Their leaves droop, hanging all the way down from lack of water. This is my reminder to give them a drink and many times they perk back up and look beautiful again. Of course each time there are the unfortunate leaves that don’t survive and the plant thins and thins. Each time my poor plant droops I promise that I will not forget again. I will water you on a regular basis (which sometimes results in drowning them) but most of the time I forget again and more drooping and more dying. So there you have it. The quickest way to kill a plant is to give it to me. I do love it and appreciate it but you have just sentenced it to death.

Love, Laugh, and Always know where the nearest bathroom is

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well I had my second chemo and it went about the same as the first with a few improvements. I still had a lot of diarrhea and some abdominal pain but my fistula did not flare and I didn’t have nearly as much bleeding. I really do think that this is just a side effect of the chemo and not that my crohns is flaring because once I get through the rough part I am back to my normal normal. I did call my GI doctor about the severe diarrhea and he proscribed Lomotil. It did seem to help a little bit but not much. I was able to stay hydrated enough to stay out of the hospital. That however was quite an ordeal with a nasty nurse. If you want you can read about that in my other blog Thankfully my GI doc understands what I’m going through and will help in any way he can. My appetite is good and I am very glad that I haven’t lost any weight so far. I really hope that doesn’t happen. Since I only have 2 more treatments left I don’t think it will. Well I hope everyone had a nice new years and that 2011 will be very happy and very healthy for all of us!

Love, Laugh, and Always know where the nearest bathroom is

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Post I Forgot to Post!?!

I started this post after Christmas and then forgot to post it (chemo brain) so here it is :)
Once again this is on both blogs :p

Being home and hydrated made me feel very good. I haven’t had much energy but I also haven’t had much pain and I’m back to my normal for me poo routine. The fistula has also been behaving.

My hair started falling out (2 weeks after 1st chemo) so we had a little buzz cut event. My boys already have buzz cuts and B and J’s friend Jeff needed a trim so J buzzed Jeff first and then B. Then off with my hair :( but I have to say it doesn’t look that bad. J already looks a lot like me and now we look like twins hahaha. We took pictures but I don’t think I’ll post those. I went to pick up my wig the next day and it is wonderful. The color and style are just like my real hair. People will never guess it is a wig (if they don’t already know that is)

I was very disappointed to miss my beautiful niece CSD’s wedding. I just wasn’t feeling well enough and my doctors don’t want me to be around any large crowds to prevent being exposed to germs. Thankfully I have the most wonderful family in the world. My niece CRSA and my sister CAE sent me pictures during the ceremony and reception….THEN my amazing, beautiful, wonderful niece and brand new bride CSD, brand new hubby N, and her Mom (sister CAE) came to my house on Christmas Eve to reenact the wedding reception. With the wedding dress on, Mother of the bride dress on, bouquets in hand; they came down my staircase escorted by my son (in shorts and a tee-shirt hahaha.) I cried! I also dressed for the occasion and wore my wig. They brought a center piece, snacks, cookies, and cake. We took lots and lots of pictures, and then we ate, and the bride and groom cut the cake. My beautiful niece KRS and brother RJS and sister in law RJS were also in attendance. I can’t even find the words to express how wonderful and special this day was for me. I love you all so much xoxo.

I finished my online Christmas shopping but everyone got a lot less than normal. They weren’t disappointed tho because they are wonderful. Hubby wrapped everything for me on Christmas Eve evening…nothing like waiting till the last min. (of course I do that just about every Christmas ;) This year we did a 2 fishes Christmas Eve Dinner (as opposed to the 7 fishes). Christmas morning was very nice. We opened our presents and then went to CRA’s for a wonderful Christmas morning breakfast. The rest of the day was relaxing. Hubby cooked a nice Christmas Ham dinner and we watched our boys play Wii. I use to be good at these games but apparently it’s not like riding a bicycle!

Love, Laugh, and Always know where the nearest bathroom is