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Sniper
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I told you guys about the number of hummingbirds we have had here sense the storms. The numbers have gone down as the weeks have passed but there are still more than I have seen in many years and they go through about a quart of sugar water per day at the feeders we have. I have had to leave my tool shed open to dry it out from the flood and this has led to the little birds flying in to explore. Trouble is they cant get out after . Looks like their instinct is to go straight up when in danger and then they never look down. They just fly along the ceiling. Daily I go out and catch the little sprits ,but its not a small task. Using an old face netting ,from when I kept bees,like a butterfly net, I try to snare them as gentle as possible but they are very fast and you cant swing at them without doing damage so you have to put the net on the ceiling and coax them under it bringing it down over them. Lucky for me I had both shoulders injected with cortazone or my arms would not hold out to do this . The joy though comes when they are caught . After gentle untangling gossamer wings from the netting I hold them long enough for them to calm and also to remove cob webs they have gathered from the rafters. They weigh next to nothing and the only thing I can compare holding them to is perhaps having Tinkerbell in your hand . Walking outside and opening my fingers usually leads to them sitting calmly in my hand and looking at me for a few moments before they fly away. This is a feeling that is hard to describe. You want to keep them and just admire their beauty, like a jewel, but your soul soars as they fly away. The point is that amid the storm damage, the clean up, the tired muscles and soar bones and even with the illness, there are still little wonders provided for us to enjoy. We only have to look and in some cases touch.
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.


Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
That did but a smile on my face.  Thank you for sharing your story.  You have a great way with words.  It just shows you that God is amazing!  Thanks again!

~april
 

 



HM
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
You made me smile to...its the little things in life :)

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Asacol 400mg 3 tablets 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily, Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. garlic and Vit. C 500mg daily


dunny2
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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Awwwww....
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


gachrons
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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad your getting some enjoyment out of life Sniper they are as you said like little jewels . Do you have many other birds? 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 10/2/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Gachrons, yes we have many types of birds in south Louisiana plus we get loads of migratory birds such as ducks and geese, and hummers and swallows ,, all migratory. Guess if I had to pick a favorite and that would be very hard to do, but of all the birds that stay year round the house wren is one of my favorite birds. They come into my wood working shop when I am at work and flit from tool to tool corner to corner in search of spiders. They know I am there but tolerate me for the snacks my shop provides. They also nest in flower planters, pots or buckets or door wreaths and will fly right by you to feed their young. They also have a very cheerful call as they go about their day. Purple martins come in spring and nest in houses we provide. They leave in fall. We have had many less though as a few years ago they were caught over the gulf by strong south winds. Thousands died on oil platforms where they landed, too exhausted to continue south. We put up houses each spring in hopes of increased numbers. The great blue heron use our pier to catch fish. One , we call Charlie , leaves fish on the pier. I dont know if they are too big to swallow or they are payment for the use of the pier. I suppose this is one reason we stay here even with the storms. The seasons here are marked by the arrival or departure of not just winged creatures but also fish and certain animals. You cant help but be attuned with nature. Its like a heart beat.
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.


beartooth
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It is so kind of you to take care of those little birds. You just brought smile to my face. After all you've been through, you are taking time out every day to help those little bundles of energy. Thanks for the story, and thanks for caring!
Brandon
 
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gachrons
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   Posted 10/2/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I like the little nuthatches that are like actrabat upside down and quick to grab a bite of seed and the chickadee have such sothing colors. I have a bird coming to my step that is eating the dried berries and bear poop on the corner of my property ,your right about the seasons at least in Winter the big boys sleep. lol gail

I really perfer the birds.
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Margie11
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,

You have a way of reminding all of us that CD, and all of life's storms can only steal so much of our joy.THANK YOU!! yeah
Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, 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!
 
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randynoguts
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
you old softy.
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eva124
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
i once rescued a swallow from our garage/cat it was beatiful close up,glad i saved it.
dx 17 aug 2007
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Sniper
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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Rando, I have to be a softy on the inside,,,,you have seen the ouside...Gachrons we have black bears here but they really dont sleep that much in winter. Thats because we dont always have winter. I have to give it to the bears though. When a dog gets in my trash can I have a mess to clean up. After a bear has been in there all I have is clean milk carton paper, clean foil, clean plastic bottles. They dont leave much in the way of scraps. The last one we had was a three year old named Bart. Wildlife and fisheries caught him and hauled him off. I felt sorry for him. He had been tagged in the ear with a large yellow tag and they added a red one. One more time in trouble and old bart doesn't get to be any older.When he started visiting our neighborhood the Fed. agents gave us some rubber 12 gauge buck shot and told us to shoot him if he came around. Not going to happen. We would all get together in the evening and watch him come out and eat the bugs under the dust to dawn lights. He didnt bother us at all, but they came and caught him for his protection they said.
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 10/3/2008 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Just when I start feeling crummy...you have a great story that lifts my spirits! I am vividly picturing you "dusting" off these little guys. I am actually a touch envious that you had such a cool experience.

and about the bears....we have them in our neighborhood now too. I live in the burbs, but the bears are being forced further and further to find food. In the big state park, they took away the dumpsters for one big fenced yard for trash---we got them hooked then took the "drug" away.
If you leave them alone, they leave you alone so why shoot 'em??? I actually grin when I watch them because they always seem like goofy doafs. My husband is an Eagle Scout so he knows what to do to let them stay around without attracting trouble. So I feel comfortable just watching them. The local environmental folks just cage and release. Sometimes I wish I had their life....does a bear have CD and if he does does he #%$@ in the woods???? :-)
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]
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gachrons
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   Posted 10/3/2008 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
No he #%&* on my lawn and I have nightmares and had them all my life. Bears is just one nasty pooper I can do without bad enough the deer have gobbled up most of my ceders now bear dung .The coons have given it a rest for now .Yep give me the little hummers .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 10/3/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing that Sniper, that was beautiful:)
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.


stashu
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   Posted 10/3/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
hello, I'm new in the forum, i've had crohns for a number of years, and am taking entocort. I feel great, but does anyone have the problem of mucus/rectal seepage after urinating?

Thanks.

Post Edited (stashu) : 10/3/2008 6:46:08 PM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/3/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reminder
It is about the lil things

** BTW** you have all Ontario's Hummingbirrds there or what??

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Sniper
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Im just getting in from a friends house. My butt is draging. You know how I say there is always someone in worse shape than you, well , my friends house flooded for Ike. Three years ago they flooded for Rita. Today we pulled up warped and buckled oak flooring. They could not even open the closet door anymore. Their house was suppose to be raised afetr Rita but they were way down on the list. His wife cried as we pulled up her floor. My friend is not in the best shape and neither am I but together I think we make about a half man, so I'm glad to help. I feel lucky because I just had both shoulders shot full of cardazone this week and tomorrow is another day of pullin flooring. Yes, my life is crappy at times, but, it could be worse too..
Lyn. You know I am brain dead sometimes but I cant recall who posted the pictures for me last time. I have another one I would like to post so if you can jog my bad memory ,,,,please..
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.


vietvet
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
okay, you keep baiting me...................april is right, you have a way with words..............you massacre them! and hey, you didn't say anything about the loon that lives in the big blue house.................

vv

randynoguts
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   Posted 10/4/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
left half or right half? hopfully bottom half so you can go!
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Sniper
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   Posted 10/4/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -7)   
VV, isn't it time for you to be shoveling snow or something ??? The old loon in the blue house massacres words , just so you smart fellers can roll your eyes and feel recherche. Show me your computer savvy and post the pics of my little friend on the pier. Rando,,according to VV, I'm not the half with brains so I must be the bottom half. I am sure of one thing this morning. I still have some muscles. I know because ever one of them is hurting.
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.


gachrons
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   Posted 10/4/2008 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sniper I did some floor pulling myself this spring so know some knowledge of the old crowbar now there's a bird for you. Try not to get too sore gee ,where have all the young men gone?Don't make me start singing again .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 10/4/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sniper, thanks for the story i love humming birds their my favorite.

Margie11
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   Posted 10/4/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey,

This sounds a lot like Good Moanin in the Arthritis forum. turn I am feeling the same, I overworked myself yesterday, now all I want to do is moan, but I need to get to work and finish. Hope I got it in me,so my co-workers are not stuck trying to finish something they didn't start.I feel good a day and start so much, some times they are stuck. I think they do it in part because they know they should be starting/doing it themselves in the first place. In the field we are in they all think I can fix myself, and I do fine, but if I screw up they are pretty critical. They are older and more disciplined than I, and they know I can do better with diet and such, so I get no sympathy. smhair

 Oh well, Got a bunch of empty shelves to fill, our store looks a bit like a underweight Cronie. :-)

Sniper, Randy, don't be a scarrin the newbies away. I'm going to work, before I freeze and lock up in this position.

 "Just Keep Swimmin"(Dory in Finding Nemo)


Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, 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


vietvet
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   Posted 10/4/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
not yet, old man! besides, in another week, i'mna be down there ridin' the texas hill country on a nightster. anyway, we were in the 70's today.....no snow shovel yet. here are your pics......so easy a caveman can do it.

here is sniper's geico gecko -

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/danjane711/GetAttachmentaspx.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/danjane711/100_0049.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/danjane711/100_0046.jpg

rando, ironically, sniper understands three halves!

vv turn

Post Edited (vietvet) : 10/4/2008 8:52:47 PM (GMT-6)

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