You've got a month before your homeless with Crohns or UC?

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Buddha443556
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
You've got a month before your homeless with Crohns or UC? With nothing, just the clothes on your back. What would you do?

ivy6
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Is this a hypothetical situation, Buddha, or is this about to happen to you?
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aoccc
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
well at least in the wilderness you can just squat and poop anywhere...
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pb4
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd go to welfare and hope to god they'd be able to help me ASAP considering having a serious, chronic health issue like IBD....I'd also look to family and friends until I could find an organization like welfare to help...might depend alot on where you live for that kind of help and if they have something special set up for homeless people with serious health issues.

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SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:49 PM (GMT 0)   
I agree with pb4, there has to be an organisation out there that can help.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Start stealing toilet paper! I hope this is a hypothetical Buddha. If not, I would get myself to the city with the most homeless friendly agenda, nicest shelters, etc. But I would hope that before I had to turn to a shelter I would have family or friends to take me in. I would also find a job ASAP (if I didn't already have one) so I could start saving to rent a room. If I couldn't find a job or a home I would look into working as a resident assistant at a college or as a sleep in youth counselor at group homes. Something that would pay me and give me a place to live.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Matthew
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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually have been there, if only temporarily. Not a pleasant place to be, but I had to leave an emotional & verbally abusive situation..

Matthew

sjkly
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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I would go to the community services board and ask for a case manager to be assigned and take advantage of their emergency services. I would also apply for disability.

Sugarmarie
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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
St. Vincent De Paul has lots of help to offer. They can get you meds too.
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EruditePaul
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
If you feel very difficult to obtain government help, I have another idea: call your local TV reporters to see if they can report your story.  There should be good-hearted philanthropists all over the country.  I know some people do not want to "lose face" to ask for help.  But it is your life at stake, and you can repay them for their donations when you get better.
 
I read your posts: you are in a serious condition and need urgent help.   

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.


Buddha443556
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Not hypothetical. I've been trying to get help from social services for almost two months. I was just denied by social security ... the certification examination was a joke. Had an appointment with the Mobile Medical Unit but it was out in the middle of nowhere in 93 degree heat, I tried to keep the appointment and wound up crapping my pants. I still haven't seen my PCP. My heart is probably a bigger problem than my butt and I think the Lisinopril isn't helping. I was totally distraught yesterday and tried calling every number I had. They don't seem to care. Wish I had the guts to pull the trigger because I don't care either anymore. I'm tired.

I have one more month and I think I'll just enjoy it the best I can. I give up.

Nanners
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Buddha I am extremely concerned about you. Please do not do something to hurt yourself. I think you should try going to an ER and see if you can get some treatment. They have to treat you whether you can pay or not. I would like to see you ask to see a counselor also. Please, please don't do anything to hurt yourself. Please try to get to an emergency room. I am so sorry life is throwing so many curve balls at you right now. I will keep you in my prayers.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


EruditePaul
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   Posted 7/24/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Everyone can have a low point in his/her life.  I do not know what got you into this in the first place.  But to have some savings for a rainy day like this is always a good idea.

about 17 years ago when I was in the business school working toward my MBA degree, I was virtually broke.  I had just about a month before I became homeless, as I had exhausted all of my savings.  So I had a conversation with the Dean and told him that I was about to quit school and find a job somewhere.  He gave me a personal check of $800 and some part-time job leads.  That $800 as well as my subsequent feverish job search helped me move though the tough time.  I finished my school and landed a good job.  Then I caught Crohn's.  But that is another story.

Everyone can have a low point.  You need to ask for help, ask for some loans.  People will come forward, when they know you are sincere.  After you get out of this, you will be a stronger person.


Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.


karendee
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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Buddha, I too am worried about you!!!! Please don't give up....there are people that care. Please also seek counseling. this darn disease is hard enough and you have to worry about being homeless! Nanners is right about the ER, you should go, then the hospital might be able to find you housing somehow....

If I know where you are currently living I would do some searches for you....or contact them!

Listings for each state
 
thru United Way
 
National Alliance to end homelessness
 
Housing Assistance Council
 
Shelter Network
 
HUD Homeless assistance listed by state
 
Keep us posted!!!!
Karen
 
 

 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


RedAdmin
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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Budda, I have recently been through ER with my husband 10 times in the last month. I know that they do have resources you can ask for a Social Services person to visit with you while you are there they have lots of things they can talk to you about. Please don't do anything rash at this time. I know it is difficult to think straight, have been there, but if you ask for help, help will come.

Please keep us posted.
Red (Lee Ann)
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closure
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   Posted 7/24/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I really don't know what to tell you about the homeless situation. It's horrible and I wish I had some advice. The only thing I do have is this...I don't know if you frequent any of the other forums on HW, but here's a link from the depression forum of suicide hotlines and numbers...if you keep feeling the way you do please call them or get to an ER ASAP! I'm usually in the bipolar area so I don't even frequent the depression area so I don't know if you've already seen these or not, but just wanted to bring it to your attention anyway.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=19&m=104218

thinking of you *hugs*
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Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!


irish63
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   Posted 7/24/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, stop and take a deep breath. I don't know what state you live in but their is help out there. (I was a Social Worker before I got sick and had to quit my job; but don't hold that against me.) Karendee listed some great resources so go online and check those out. Next, contact a large church in your area and tell them your situation. Churches are great places to help those in need. Next, look in your phone book and see if there is an organization in your community called : INFORMATION REFERRAL. They can help you find help as well. Check out the Salvation Army in your community. And lastly, go to the emergency room the community hospital cannot deny you help and if you tell them you're about to be homeless you will be assigned a caseworker and that person can get you help. DO NOT give up, keep calling those numbers each and everyday until someone listens, lay it on the line, tell how bad it really is. I wish I could do something more!! I hope this helps a bit anyways. But agin, bug the crap out of all the agencies, keep at it until you et help.
thoughts and prayers!!!!
Dx: 10/04 Crohn's, GERD, IBS,Osteporosis, Depression, Hypokelemia, "Crohn's" Arthritis, Migranes,
Meds: Asacol, Protonix, Lexapro, Celebrex,Potassium, Remecaide,Entocort, B12 injections wkly, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 7/25/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Buddha how are you doing today? I have been very worried about you. Please keep us posted.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


karendee
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   Posted 7/25/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am worried too.... Please let us know how you are?

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


Buddha443556
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   Posted 7/25/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing better today. Quitting the Lisinopril helped with the panic and eased many of the other symptoms. I think I know why ACE Inhibitors have a three fold increase in cardiovascular deaths over other medications ... panic attacks. I know I should go to the ER but since my mothers death (42 days of screaming hell in ICU) I'm scared of hospitals ... doctors ... nurses ... people in scrubs ... which is not making any of this easier. I think that would fall under some sort of trauma disorder.

I have an appointment the 8th of next month with someone that can sign my disability statement. Considering my state that probably will not be problem, I'll be lucky if they don't lock me up for observation. I'll keep trying to move that up and calling the other numbers.

I apologize for causing so much concern ... and thank you for having so much concern.

karendee
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   Posted 7/25/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you are doing better. Try to keep positive. And keep us updated!

Karen

 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


Nanners
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   Posted 7/25/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you are feeling better. I take Lisinopril myself, luckily it hasn't caused the same problems with me as it did for you. Hopefully you will soon get your disability and also some treatment for your health problems. Keeping you in my prayers.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 7/25/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Buddha,my heart goes out to you. I know what it is like to be faced with nowhere to go , with nothing but the clothes on your back. I KNOW! I had to do it with 2 small children and I was frantic... sick with CD and migraines.... It was a nightmare. But You WILL get through this. Keep your heart open. and don't be afraid to ask for help. For us , the help came when we started going to church. I am Catholic... and the old catholic ladies had free soup kitchens twice a week .... so I went, with my two little girls in tow. The rest is history. We've been safe for 12 years as of July 26th... that was the day we left with nothing but the clothes on our backs.
My prayers are with you... I am glad you are feeling a bit better. St . Vincent De Paul were very good to us also... helped with food vouchers etc.
Keep us posted dear one... we are all worried about you . God Bless you and Keep you .
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


lightningbug
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   Posted 7/26/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Buddha,

I've had a pretty bad time myself lately with unemployment for both my husband and I and some other really ugly issues. I haven't had healthcare and have been facing fistula and pain problems like I've never had before. I have felt like things would never get better. I came onto this site a few weeks ago during one of those times and the people here reminded me that the bad stuff always does manage to pass. I know so desperately how you feel right now, but I also know that things change for the positive in the blink of an eye. I just received the prescription for Humira that I've been chasing for months and now I'm starting to feel like a healthy person again.

We are so blessed in the strength and perspective that we receive when we deal with something so difficult as a chronic illness. I know it may not seem like it, but when you emerge from this problematic period on the other end, you'll be so proud of how far you've come and how strong you were to hold on. And you will have learned so many things that you can pass on to others to improve their world when they feel like it's all for nothing. You are valuable and valued, and you WILL get better. :)

Do your best, then to hell with it.


irish63
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   Posted 7/26/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am really glad you are feeling a little better, I was very glad you posted and hope you find the help you need really soon. Like I said before, keep calling those numbers EVERY day until someone comes through for you!!
good luck and take care...
Dx: 10/04 Crohn's, GERD, IBS,Osteporosis, Depression, Hypokelemia, "Crohn's" Arthritis, Migranes,
Meds: Asacol, Protonix, Lexapro, Celebrex,Potassium, Remecaide,Entocort, B12 injections wkly, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus 
 

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