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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 8/4/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
got some very very good news today and i just had to share.

today in the mail i got the results of the civil engineering exam i took in april. it is a scantron exam. and like i said, the results came in the mail today. so good news - i passed! i am now a registered professional civil engineer in california. california tacks on 2 other exams on top of the national exam making it a lot harder to get certified. and i am not a civil engineer by vocation, so this exam was a lot harder for me than most people, and even harder when you consider all the problems with crohn's disease on top of that. but a lot of good this credential does me now though. i also hold a bs in environmental engineering and a ms in chemical & environmental engineering yet the only job i can get pays $6.55/hr. go figure. thanks arnold. talk about time well spent... (ok, that last bit is sarcasm)
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


aoccc
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Total Posts : 455
   Posted 8/4/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats..not about the money anyway :)
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)


ivy6
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   Posted 8/4/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Harry!
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jacenta
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   Posted 8/4/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
congratulations!!!!!!
why does it pay so little? its not fair!

SydneyJo
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   Posted 8/4/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Done Crazy Harry!
Jo

kgirlie
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   Posted 8/4/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Great Job!!!!! I have a passion for education, being a teacher, and everything is harder with CD. Nice work.

Kgirlie


Kgirlie
 
27 year old female dx with CD in 2001. Pentasa 4 g/day, Prednisone 30 mg/day, Lexapro 10 mg/day, Wellbutrin 150 mg/day, Remicade, topamax, nadalol, Maxalt 10 mg as needed. Mother of son, 3, and daughter, 1.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 8/4/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i currently work for the state of california. job security rules - i suspect i could burn the place down and not get fired. but since the state budget was due on july 1 and has yet to be signed, the governator (arnold schwarzenegger for those of you not in california) has decided that all state employees shall be paid federal minimum wage, which is $6.55/hr, until the budget is signed. so like over 200,000 people are caught in the middle of a political power play to make the 2 parties come to an agreement and get the budget signed. i could be making more money right now working at starbucks or mcdonalds cos california state minimum wage is $8/hr. funny to note that the economy of california is in the top 10 of economies in the world (yes, one state of the USA has an economy that big) and we're facing something like a $15 billion shortfall. but that is nothing compared to what bush has done to the US in regards to budget deficit. he's reported to have broken his record budget deficit he set 2 years ago. now that is an accomplishment. especially since he was able to do this going from a record surplus upon entering office like 7 years ago.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


potatoqwn
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Total Posts : 355
   Posted 8/4/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! Congrats!!! Why do you get paid so little? Isn't the minimum wage $8.00 an hour in California? You have so much education, it seems you should be making so much more. You don't work for the DMV do you?

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
ha ha ha - i'm over qualified to work for the dmv. plus they dont do engineering. federal minimum wage is less than state minimum wage, hence $6.55 vs $8 per hour. i would rather not discuss how much i truly do make at my job, but it is a very good sum of money for what i do and how hard i work. the perks are good and it is low stress and pressure. total opposite of school. the state has been good to me in regards to being able to work with CD and the accompanying health problems, especially from all i went through 2 years ago with multiple surgeries and looking at a colostomy.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Julie1014
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Total Posts : 1245
   Posted 8/5/2008 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Harry!!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12mg a day
Imuran 75mg
Miralax as needed, Cortisone enemas as needed
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


gachrons
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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Congrads Harry we are proud of your efforts .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Sugarmarie
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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Dang Harry you are one smart cookie , very impressive resume. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)


Zanne
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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Very impressive. Both my husband and I come from a families of engineers, and we both have engineering degrees. He however actually uses his. So I understand how hard all of your degrees are to work for. Good Job.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


EMom
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 8/5/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Big CONGRATS to you!!! yeah
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin, SCD legal yogurt, weaning off Asacol.
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


FitzyK23
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Total Posts : 4219
   Posted 8/5/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Will you get back pay when the contract is settled?
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.


Nanners
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Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 8/5/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats Harry! Yes Fitzy whenever the stupid political parties can get together and fix the budget they will get the pay back. Still not fair to punish the workers just becuz the two parties can't agree.
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.

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