Blackberries and surgery don't mix....What else to avoid?

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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Not the kind you eat....but the phone type......
I just had a resection two weeks ago...spent about 36 hours in ICU and then I was sent to a regular room with lots of good strong pain killers (they gave me morphine and a self administrating clicker...that was the best!!!)
I hate to miss work and I really hate to be out of communication....I get and send well over 100 e-mails a day....another 3 or 4 dozen instant messages...and I get probably 20 to 30 phone calls per day from all over the USA, Canada, and the UK.  So under regular conditions my Blackberry is a very important tool.
I am a pretty strong willed person so taking my Blackberry from me could be dangerous. should have been.  I am back to work now and have already fielded about a dozen calls from concerned friends and customers all asking me if I am feeling better.  Several have mentioned that I sent them e-mails or texts that were just too funny and too wild for words.  major spelling mistakes, repeated words...half finished far nothing damaging....but a word of warning:  Never use your computer or Blackberry when you are on strong pain I am hearing what I did and all the laughing is causing my stomach to hurt and I am out of meds......
Any other "lighter side of being human" things we shouldn't do while in the hospital or on major pain meds?????
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I took a phone call while still doped from a scope and told my supervisor in detail why I could not come in to work overtime that night. My husband took my phone away, apologized for me, etc. I also demanded a cheeseburger and got angry and violent when my husband said I couldn't have one. He finally took me to Wendy's and I was fine, didn't get sick at all, and passed out when I got home (after the phone call lol).
27 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.

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