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LMills
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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
This past Fall Semester, which started about two weeks after a longer stay in the hospital, I went in to get a temporary handicapped parking pass for difficulty walking, fatigue, and the need to be near a bathroom. It's really helped me for being able to actually get out and get some normal, routine things done during the day.

My question is about renewing it..It expires in February so I'm thinking 'If I'm better then there is absolutely no way that I am going to use that.' It really makes me sick when people take those passes when they don't need them because their perfectly healthy selves are too lazy to move one foot in front of the other a few extra yards.
My main concern is that my ability to walk around and stomach activity change so much so that sometimes I don't need it(and refuse to use it in those times) and then sometimes I do...and that I'll decide against it and end up having to park really far away from class on my campus, which is HUGE, and end up hurting myself just to get to class. They do have what is called the T-Bus for students registered with the Office of Disabilities, but it only goes to certain locations and takes at least 15 minutes which I really don't have. Attendance is pretty strict in many of the classes, as well it should be.

I don't ever want to be that person who applies for something like a handicapped sticker when I don't need it. I'm just having trouble deciding whether or not to ask my doctor today about it because I have this feeling that I may need it but don't want to ask if I don't right now. I know it might be wise to plan ahead but I am also very conscious about appearances in this case. I feel like I have a pretty good relationship with my doctor and don't want to ruin it by coming off as someone who is lazy and wanting to take advantage of their status as ill by making it out to be worse than it really is. The only thing is that I have had accidents at certain times and other days wake up with absolutely no energy at all.

In any case, any input would be really appreciated.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I say ask for it. Tell your doc that you will only use it when necessary and not abuse the "privilege." I remember you posting a lot in the past about your difficulties getting to class. No need to put yourself in that situation again.

edited to just fix a spelling error.


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.

Post Edited (FitzyK23) : 12/29/2008 10:47:10 AM (GMT-7)


LMills
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Fitzy...it's nice to get words of encouragement from people who understand. Not that our doctors don't because I realize the depth with which they've studied our condition is beyond anything we've ever done, but there is that difference in actually experiencing it..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Nanners
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Fitzy I would get it renewed. I myself have been thinking of getting one, as my joint pain is worse than my tummy pain. And some days the thought of walking longer distances makes me put things off instead of getting them done. I would be like you and only use it on those bad days. Go ahead and renew it.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


LMills
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   Posted 12/29/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The appointment went well and my GI was in agreement with what you guys were saying so I will go ahead and apply for it again in February. Thank you guys :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


gachrons
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   Posted 12/29/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad to hear that you are speaking up for yourself on this issue and hope it makes your life a little easier.lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Margie11
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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills,
   Wise choice. You only use it when required, and there is no point in risking missed classes, if you have some rough days. What, you go around looking for more stress??? wink
              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11


LMills
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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail-I think it will!! It seems like my campus is made of hills which is really not fun when you have to find a restroom!

Margie-That made me laugh out loud...I know I should make the reasonable decision avoiding stress..I just worry too much sometimes :)

Thank you guys though...I hope this will help other people make that decision too. I really needed some encouraging words so...I feel a lot better.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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