My hubby and I are looking into purchasing a mini-van now that the girls are getting bigger and our car is feeling smaller. I think I definitely want one now. That must really ease the anxiety knowing you have a backup plan in case you can't make it.
And on another note - I saw Shannon's post, I think I'm from the "other" site you were mentioning too. I was newly diagnosed when I joined that one found lot's of help from everyone and then one day it was just gone! I keep checking every now and then to see if it's back up, but I've found HW now and love everyone here!
Hi Melissa :)
Glad you joined here as Shannon did too!!
You're right, my van is definitely my security blanket for when I leave the house and although I'm doing better, I still have issues with frequency and urgency and there are just times when it still comes in handy...I have to admit, today's the first time I've had to use it in over a yr, which is a good thing, but for day's like today I feel that I will always have a van as long as I have IBD.
We made sure to get one that has split passenger seats right behind the front seats so I can walk from front to back without having to climb over any seats (we purchased a ford windstar sport 2000), some of the newer ones don't have captains chairs right behind the front seats which I found odd (my sister bought a 2005 ford windstar but it's not a "sport") and hers has bench seats behind the front seats, that doesn't appeal to me, but I suppose it would still be better than nothing at all.
Wow Shannon, it sure does go by fast eh...my oldest daughter is graduating this yr...her grad celebrations are on the 24th of may but I'm planning ahead for this long day to come, I'm going to do a liquid diet for 3 days before the 24th, this way I'll only have to run to the can to pee all day and night instead of pooping (hopefully) LOL! I have another 3 yrs before my son graduates, maybe they'll have a cure for us by then??? (would sure be nice!)
I checked in on and off too and thought the same as you, but I finally figured he shut it down so I took it out of my favorites list.
I'm sure glad to here you've been flare free...hope it's nothing serious with the lumps? Glad you're doing better and I hope it lasts a long time!!
You're probably aware that HW also has a UC forum, I post there as well since you know my CD is mainly located in the colon, as well as on and off in the rectom (thankfully it's been "off" in the rectom for some time now, since starting probiotics actually.
Be sure to keep in touch, either here or at the UC forum...it's sure nice to talk with you again!
Really glad you enjoyed it Redjeep, don't be jealous though, next time you're in the market for a new vehical go for a van...as much as I miss my beautiful ford taurus Se 24 valve (my inlaws bought it so it's still in the family so to speak) having the van has sure made things easier all around.
I'm glad I was able to remind you of that, afterall if we couldn't laugh we'd only cry right. Yes, it is hard to concentrate/focus on "life" in general when this DD takes up so much space in your mind, guess that's why it's easy to fall into depression, the anxiety doesn't help either, of course when you feel better CD symptom wise thankfully the anxiety level drops some...I guess something is better than nothing.
And thanks, I'm glad I'm doing better and I hope I'm helping others like you say, othewise what's the point right.
Thanks again for your understanding and words of encourgement.
I thought about doing that when I first got the van, but I figured it might be too much of a hassle, not to mention when I get groceries and the bag packers help me out with loading my van I'm worried that it might look a little odd to people (those who have no clue about living a life with IBD) seeing curtains hanging there, even pushed off to one side, as they'd have to be for driving safety to see out the back window...but I do cover my potty with a blanket so no one sees it...funny suggestions though LOL, I'll tell ya, I'm glad as I'm sure my kids are (both teens, one girl, one boy) that I havn't (knocking on wood) had to use it with them in the van, only my poor hubby has had to be subject to that cruelty...good thing the back side windows open and I have a great smelling air freshner back there to spray...it's alot different when pooping into a plastic bag (that's what I line it with, easier clean up) then pooping into a toilet bowl of water, tends to lessen the smell when it's drowning in water...ah the things we have to do to get through living with this ridiculous disease.
LOL, beats hanging your butt over the side of the boat eh!! "Full moon on the water" ****.