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Sniper
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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
There is an ugly little man back in my house, but he does have a lovely wife. We want to thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts of us. We are ok. Home has minor damage but our home state is in pretty bad shape. We just got power back yesterday late but there are lots of folks that will wait a long time for theirs. My mother in law , thats where we stayed, was without power and water. I managed to get her hooked up with a  small generator and some supplies before we made our way home leaving at 2AM to avoid the many returning people on the highway. There was no gas to be had anywhere. We will be leaving about the same time tomorrow to go back to her house . We have done all we can here. Mostly throwing away food that has gone bad in the icebox and freezer, cleaning up what we could so
the mud will start to dry in the yard. I have trees I have to cut and remove from atop an out building , but it will have to wait. We have to get back and take care of MIL. She is 83, but she will be out side cleaning up the mess by herself and we know it. The storm hit very hard there . She called this morning and she has power and phones and water again so we are very relieved at that. You know power loss is one thing but no water is hard. I had a nice cold bath wednesday , in rain water we collected during the storm . After helping brother in law cut tree tops off his trailor in the heat I was in need of one and bottled water was too important for cleaning. We sure take things for granted at times. I try not too but am guilty too. One thing I would never take for granted though are the good people here and around us. I have great neighbors, and friends here too. Thanks again, and if you would ,,please ,,turn your hearts and prayers toward Ike and his sister , that also are heading this way. Hope no one gets them, all have had enough . I will be back when I can but there is lots to do. The good point is , my back yard smells so bad from all the marsh mud that if I crap my pants cleaning up tree limbs, no one will know....  
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad your back sniper. Stay safe and take it easy.
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.


sammies
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   Posted 9/5/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
keeping you in my prayers and in awe of your strength and perseverance.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira


gachrons
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   Posted 9/6/2008 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper take good care of our ugly little man and his good wife. Be safe and don't overdue things. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


auntkay
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   Posted 9/6/2008 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,you and your family are in my prayers.Stay safe!

dunny2
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   Posted 9/6/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, you amaze me! Even amidst all your devastation you're still able to crack a joke. I guess that's why we love you so much....
Take good care, and I'm watching Ike & Josephine just for you. At least at the moment he seems to have decreased some, lets hope
he blows his self out....LOL
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Ahhh, the undauntable (is that a word?) Sniper and his "crappy" sense of humor!!! This forum would NOT be the same w/o you, guy!!! Thanks for bringing us up to date and sharing what good news you had. You will all remain in our prayers, of course!!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper, glad you see you back. you are are always in my prayers.

teddybear
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis


Nanners
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper & beautiful wife I will definetly keep you both and all the others suffering thru these storms in my prayers. Please stay safe......... Hugs to MIL too.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
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.


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,

It's great to hear that you and yours are doing OK. I sure do have a lot to be thankful for . . . and I hope your clean-up goes well.

Hugs, prayers and . . .

Blessings!

In His Grip

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Psalms 139

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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)

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LavenderBlue
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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper-

So glad you're okay. Many prayers coming your way...

Cheers
lavender
 
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
 
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
 
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous


Sniper
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   Posted 9/6/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a minor set back in my plans today. We were going back to MIL's to help her ,,,,but,,, I had to pass a small kidney stone this morning. It was not large but did put a crimp in things. Matthew,,I still dont want to be king of stones...MIL did promise us she will do no yard work until we can get up there. Neighbor came over this afternoon and helped me cut the tree off of my tool shed. I think I will fix it myself , much later of course. The insurance will not pay me much anyway. They have a new twist. Its called hurricane deductable and its goes up to,, out of reach,, when ever a storm hits us. I dont know why we pay for insurance here. Its useless and expensive. almost as useless as FEMA..
We all have been hauling limbs and debris across the road for the parish to pick up. Its turning into a mountain now and most of us have not even made a dent in the mess. Dont get me wrong, I am grateful to have a house in the middle of all the mess, I am just getting too old and decrepit to do this over and over. I dont think we will do any more until we see what Ike is going to do.
By the way, just for the record, no one lives here!!!!! While watching the weather channel coverage, on our little three inch battery powered TV , just after the storm hit us , they said it would have been much better for Louisiana if the storm went into the south central coast because no one lives there..That makes us , no ones , right ? I can tell you that I am one no one that would have loved to kick that SOB square in the,,,,,,,,south central region. Ever see a weather man rotate on a microphone ????? Sort a brings a smile ...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


smile1967
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
OH my Sniper, so much to go thru and then a kidney stone..............come on, enough is enough !!!! Please don't overdue it and you and your family our in my thoughts. Stay safe and keep us posted, I was so happy to see your post on here knowing where you are now.

Shelley
  • 41 yr old farmwife!! and mom of boys 11 and 9
  • resection surgery Feb. 2008
  • Pentasa, Entocort (when needed), citalopram,probiotic
 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Take care Sniper!
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Zanne
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Please take care and know that we are all thinking of you and keeping you and all the "no ones" in our thoughts and prayers.
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.....


bentwistle
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Sniper...a kidney stone after all you've been through! I'll start doubling my thoughts and prayers for you!!! I'm amazed you're keeping a sense of humour with all you're going through - you're a remarkable person.

Wishing you all the best,

Bev

gachrons
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   Posted 9/6/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope you get to feeling better soon and that the stress of all this will soon be over I know it is heading into my area tomorrow but has been downgraded so hope it stays that way. We have already had lots of rain lately so don't need this. Think we all will be glad when hurricane season goes away for at least awhile. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Sniper
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am curious about something. So far, I have not seen very much TV and I wonder how or if the national news is reporting on the damage to La. I know many thousands of people are without power and some may be over 21 days before they get it. There is flooding in the central, upper and eastern parishes. Some have never had flood waters before. There is a great need for the basic things in some places and none at all has come to some. Yes I know it does not all run like a well oiled clock and we are being helped a lot better this time than we were for The last two, but still, look at what we do for other countries and how fast we respond to their disasters. The local news today gave places to go to for water and MRE's, but there is no gas in some places and no power to pump it if it were and no way for some people to get there. In Baton Rouge there are people dying because they are running generators inside there houses. Carbon monoxide is a killer. There have been fires started when people try to poor gas in a running generator. Some one was burning charcoal in their sink to heat food. Today a lot of people bought gas only to have there cars die, more water than gas in the tanks. We have been warned of people selling generators that do not work, contractors being paid for roofing and they are never seen again. Any of this make the evening news??
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper... I don't think so... But then I don't watch the news a whole lot .. .I do read a lot of news on the internet and haven't seen anything in that regard. I guess politics are the main attraction at the moment ... nonsense about MS Palin etc.
I admire your courage dear Sniper. I am so glad you and your wife are ok. So much work recuperating from each of these storms... isn't it discouraging. ?
Now I know there is tons of work to do... but try not to overdue it. ... the kidney stone ... crap! like a Hurricane and crohns disease isn't enough!... Has there been a lot of looting? I think that would worry me a lot... people can do desperate things in desperate times. ... especially if they are trying to feed their families.
You are in my thoughts and prayers dear Sniper. Keep up the good sense of humor... that will get you through all sorts of madness.
You sure made me laugh with the "crapping your pants" comment... Thank you... ! Leave it to you to see something funny in a yard full of stinky mud!
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, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.
 
 


Sniper
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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Marie, but I am nothing special. The people here have been rebuilding like this for more years than I have been and with no help at all. In fact I think they expect to get little or no help. When we got home, our neighbors had cleared and mowed our front yard.We cleared the front yard of one that is not yet home. When hurricane Andrew left us with no power or water for 18 days one neighbor had a gas stove and she cooked everything that was thawing from our freezers for the whole neighborhood. We flushed toilets and took baths with rain water from another neighbors sugar bowl ( a large bowl used to boil sugar back in the 1800s). We boiled water on crawfish boilers and took turns with the generators we had. I was working 16+ hours a day but always had a hot meal to come home too. We covered missing roofing with tarps as I could find them in near by towns that were not hit as hard. After Lily , Katrina and Rita we went yard to yard with one neighbors 4 wheeler and my trailor and loaded tons of water lilies and other debris and hauled it away . The women work as hard as the men here too. We have done this for many years and for storms like Camile, Betsy, Hilda, Juan, Danny, Leo, Andrew, Lily, Katrina, Rita, and many more like Gustav. If we have anything left we will clean up after Ike too I guess. The trouble is my body just wont do what I need to do and I wonder what will happen when I can no longer help . I dont think I could stand to have everyone else help me and not be able to give back.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sniper, good to hear from you. It is ok if someone pays good things forward to you.
Those boys and girls in green with big red one's on their shoulders are heading down your way, last I heard they are at Fort. B.
Hope you aren't too isolated that you cannot benefit from them.
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We will find a way, or make one.-Hannibal (crossing the Alps in the 15th Century on war elephants) 
Make sure your suffering has meaning...
All suggestions/options/opinions are caveated with please consult with your local health care provider...


Sniper
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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
MMMNAVY, those boys with the big red 1 have pulled my butt out of the fire before. People here are lucky to have them. Wish we could show them a good time and feed them some good eats.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 9/8/2008 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thinking about you always. Hoping you and your wife are improving. Be careful with the clearing up as we don't want a strained siper on top of the other issues.
Unfortunately, the news has not shown much for this one. My brother in FL complained that the last hurricane barely hit and the news made it out like there was devastation I called becuase I was worried as he is in the Fort Meyers area). Others hit and no one notices. Hearing from him in FL, my client in MS and you in LA is my only way to get a true picture of what happens during the storms. The weather guys are too busy looking for an "interesting shot".
Please take care. I am reassured in my knowledge that you know the basics of survival. Keep safe to you, your wife, your MIL and all who are near to you.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


Margie11
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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,
Watch for disaster hopping contractors. Several were arested here after Katrina, who were wanted here in OK for scams following the big billion dollar tornado out break May 3,1999. They ran to Katrina, then returned here after they ran the scams in LA. We hear this on our local news from time to time, mostly after they stand trial here and are being sent there to face charges . Many were scammed here in spite of local laws requiring contractors to have previously pulled permits in the towns and citys where they were pulling permits for tornado repairs. Still people poured in here smhair . When folks want to go home so badly, sometimes permits seem like a small inconvience, and people handed over the money, and bent the rules, it makes these scummies more diffacult to bring to justice.( It's embarssing to admit you bent the rules and cost yourself) Some people are really looking for work, and we tend to be good neighbors, so some really just want to help. We still issue a good number of new building permits, and hopping contractors have little reason to be hopping from here, so, just tell your friends and neighbors to watch for these Hoppers. I wish this was all over the national news, and folks had the chance to protect themselves. Guess it is to ugly/real to make good copy. UPDATE There will be lots of work here due to flooding, some related to Ike.

The best to you and Camella, I'm in AWE! yeah

Thanks vietvet for putting me onto the new thread, I was keeping track and getting worried. confused


Crohn's for life, just met first cousin who suffers from Reiters-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
 
                                              Margie11

Post Edited (Margie11) : 9/13/2008 10:21:39 PM (GMT-6)


dustspeck
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   Posted 9/14/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
glad you and your loved ones are safe. thinking about all of you devastated by the hurricane. take care!!
.: stephanie :.
33 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits

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