I was very frightened. It happened when I was at work (Sheriff Office jail records) and I tried to call my husband at his work (power plant) because I was frightened but I could not remember his work phone number. I finally called my jail supervisor and was crying on the phone with her, trying to tell her about this problem and that I couldn't get ahold of my husband because I couldn't remember the number or how his company was listed in the phone book. She came to my office to calm me down and called my husband for me, getting his number from my personnel records.
At the begining of my health problems (end of 2001) I had blood and mucous, but mostly blood. I do not recall diarrhea, but I was getting blood/mucous every time I 'tried' to go. It was also accompanied by a terrible smell, it smelled rotten and I had only smelled that smell once before; late 1999, early 2000 my aged horse had a weepy eye (blood and yellow 'stuff', possibly serum) that smelled awful. Took him to the vet to learn it was an aggressive cancer in the soft tissue of his face, so I opted to euth/bury before the cancer could ravage him. I had owned/ridden him for 18 years and he was 29 years old, so I know I'd given him a good, long life and was making the best decision for him.
Of course, Husband and I were very scared. I was diagnosed between xmas and New Year's day, so appointments were fairly far apart before we could get definitive answers to our concerns. The only medical thing I had to go on, was my horse's cancer and how its' smell was the same as the odor from what I was excreting from my butt.
Of course, we were sent to specialists who gave us the best information they had and we were able to stem the tide of panic we had been floating on. I eventually got used to the blood and it didn't worry me, though I kept track of it and it's amounts. It was never what I would call plentiful, though it was almost always present in small amounts. I haven't had bleeding for quite some time, though I would occasionally get some spotting. It doesn't alarm me now, but in the beginning? I was a gibbering mess.
I was terrified the first time I saw blood. That was, however, how I was diagnosed. My symptoms always present with blood, one way or the other. My first fear was cancer. I had never heard of Crohn's or Colitis! (Weird because it turns out that my dad had proctitis for several years when I was very young, but I'd never known.)
Anyway, sometimes I bleed with mucous. Sometimes I bleed with stool. And, sometimes I just lose straight blood. I've lost quite a bit a couple of times. Once I guessed it at about 4-6oz and once I required 3 transfusion bags and was still a pint short. (that was my hemorrhage that sent me to ER, I could hardly walk I was so weak from blood loss! I even passed what the doctors guessed were clots the size of a shelled walnut.) The 4-6 oz I was told is not a problem so long as it did not continue as it did the second time. Little amounts of blood with mucous don't bother me now, it's par per course. Straight blood always scares me.
Hi Guy's, WOW! It sound like many of us went through the same thing. Good thing is that you guys have found the cause and are having it dealt with. I am curretly still undegoing tests, however, doctors seem sure that it is chrons.
I hate the site of blood. It is so scary. My wife freaks eerytime that she sees it coming from me, for me it is becoming par per course.
It is strange that the first thing everyone thinks of is Cancer. It shows how under educated we are when it comes to conditions of the Colon.