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ivy6
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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a question for the people with multiple wardrobes, each filled with clothes of a different size :-)

Do you set limits on how long you'll keep the clothes you've grown / shrunk out of, reasoning that styles will have changed by the time you're able to fit into them again, or do you just keep and wear whatever fits, no matter how old it is?

I probably fall into the latter category, as I have big fatigue & mobility problems and often find it hard to get to the shops and then struggle find something that suits me / fits / etc, but now I'm wondering whether I should just donate my old, outsized clothes to the op shop and save myself some cupboard space.

What do you do?

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inflamed
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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ivy. I used to keep 3 sets. I cull some of the styles I don't think will last, but keep jeans and other basics. Unfortunately, I donated my smallest set when I was pregnant. I was sure I wouldn't fit them again. I was wrong and now can hardly keep my pants up. From now on I'm going to keep everything.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


Zanne
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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Good question. I used to keep everything!!! But as my daughters got older, and therefore, much more fashion conscious, they wouldn't let me wear any of the out of date stuff. So off to the Red Cross it went. I have to say, I do feel better about myself wearing things that are in fashion and that fit well. So I guess it is worth the price of the new clothes. And after all, there are so few things we can treat ourselves to. Its not like we can go out and have a wonderful steak dinner, or big ice cream cone. So a nice cozy sweater on a cold January day is my comfort food!!!

You can buy on the internet Ivy!!!
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.....


LMills
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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wear what I have. People are kind enough to give me their old clothes anyway and I like getting them. Black, white, and jeans are all I wear anyway and those seem to have stayed in style for a pretty long time...

It's really hard to keep things to a size you can manage though! One day you're too thin and everything hangs and the next you're wishing your pants weren't so tight so you didn't feel like someone was squeezing your stomach.

I just generally keep within sizes 1-5 in pants and small shirts for every day use(but I do love men's extra large shirts when I am wanting to be comfortable) but each in a moderate number. It seems to have worked out so far. And then there are black sleep sweats for the lazy days...

Do any of you wear any kind of heels at all? Or skirts?...I used to wear really nice pencil cuts and flowy white ones, but it just doesn't seem practical with it all anymore...I just can't bring myself to get rid of them though thinking maybe I can wear them soon if I just get well enough not to worry about getting to the restroom in time.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/20/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't wear heels, but I do wear a lot of skirts. I have a couple of long flowing ones that I bought when i first went into remission (in 1995!!!) and still love because they place no pressure on any sore parts of the bod. The only problem is that they're looking a bit old and dated now.

I have two shorter skirts that I bought last year, but I don't wear them as often. My skin gets ugly and dry and flaky when I'm sick, so they really need to be worn with pantihose, but pantihose hurts the tum and the fistula.

I find I'm the wrong body type for modern fashions. I simply don't fit into hipster trousers, and on the odd occasion I do manage to squeeze into one, the seams aggravate the fistula.

So... I'm stuck in my old clothes until the fashions change :-)

Your pencil skirts sound gorgeous, LMills. Where did you get them?

I.
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LMills
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
It's so hard to get rid of those though...I still have a 'shirt' that used to function as a dress when I was seven years old! As long as it can make the transition I guess it's okay. No one else can tell the difference anyway so... I can understand about wanting to keep your skirts. Especially the long flowing ones :) My favorite. I just wish they would stop making the elastic so tight on them these days. It sounds like you have the perfect kind!

Do you do anything for the dry skin? I know that vaseline has a really good lotion that works pretty well, burt's bees has amazing honey orange stuff that seems to help keep dry skin at bay even with dehydration, and curel has always worked wonders. That last one might be because they leave a lot of the 'pretty' scents other companies put in their products which tend to dry out the skin anyway...of course sometimes I guess putting lotion on is really a hassle when you're sick. All I know is once I am out of the shower sometimes I want to faint and/or vomit from the exhaustion. Tending to female routine is just that much more difficult when you have an AI illness isn't it?..

I don't know what hipster trousers are specifically...I know the difference between pants and skinny jeans and that is about it hah. Skinny jeans are pretty comfortable if you buy them a size or two too big though.

Wearing old clothes is the practical thing to do I think though! It makes me think of the society in "Brave New World" where every citizen was taught that constant consumption of new things was the way to go. I can't get rid of my old things very easily. Besides, they're so comfortable when you break them in...and new clothes never fit right. And don't even get me started about the ridiculously high cost...I think we're kind of lucky in that sense since there isn't that constant urge to fill our closets with new 'things.' It saves money for the important bills anyway.

I found them at thrift shops and other used clothing stores :) They have a few where you can trade your old clothes in for other old clothes. Going to the Coach store in the mall is all well and good but definitely not for me...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


cutie
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I wear my jeans until they are worn out and gradually replace them.  My biggest problem is I'm not happy with the "bell bottom" look. mad
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.


sassy28
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   Posted 1/21/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have my sick sizes (small) prednisone sizes (large) and regular (medium)!

ivy6
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills, the dry skin gets moisturised, but I think the problem is biological rather than cosmetics. I have what I've been told is severe Reynauld's, and the blueness spreads to my legs in even mild weather, so I'm guessing they're not getting enough nourishment to look nice??? Maybe???

And blue legs underneath a knee-length skirt in warm weather is NOT a good look!!!!! :-)

Ivy.
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betita82
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   Posted 1/27/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I keep the basics (khakis, black pants and jeans) in my range of sizes 0 when i'm sick up to a 6 when i'm on the preds. My shirts I don't have to worry about too much, although I've found that when I'm on the preds, I can't wear all of my button down blouses, the preds make me too busty for them :-\

ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have that problem too! And of course they don't go back to the same shape once you get off the pred. All that ballooning and shrinking damages them in the long run >:-<
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broomhilda
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Will shopper here. Our store is located next to the country club area so they have lots of stuff with the price tags still on them! Unbelievable what people give away! I stick to classic designs and throw in a few trendy things now and then. Jeans & khakis I will buy new and keep forever. I LOVE long skirts in the spring/summer with a good pair of leather flops. Throw back to the hippy days I guess. I hated pantyhose before the CD and still do! Can't do the heels anymore because of the Fibro in my feet. I'm not a big fan of sweats or running pants, however, I will wear them if I am in too much pain. Short skirt lines are a big no for me too. Love the look but you got yourself a bow legged woman here and the short hemlines make it worse! I think the one thing that I do buy alot of new things when my weight yings & yangs is bras, underwear & socks...yes even the socks get baggy! Don't even ask about the upper denture! So I guess you could say I'm a rotater...I donate the stuff I'm tired of or that don't fit anymore and trade 'em in for newer "used" stuff.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm another op-shopper, Broom. The only problem is that with the economic downturn, so are a lot of other people, so it's getting harder to find good stuff :-)
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
And same here....
It's also a little scarier now just because of the medications that have to be taken and the fact that it seems like every trip to the thrift shop means massive exposure to what sounds like bronchitis all around. Why does it seem like there are more ill people in used clothing shops?...One woman standing behind me in line blew a nice breeze my way and proceeded to declare herself the 'snot central of the universe.'
:(
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't seen that here yet, but perhaps you're seeing it because the people in thrift shops in the US can't afford health insurance and uninsured visits to doctors?

It is so hot here. They're calling it the heatwave of the century... blargh....

I.
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
That's the only solution really that I can come up with. Although, it is also a fad with upper-class children to shop at thrift stores. Some sort of status thing I guess to say "I shop at thrift shops."


It's pretty chilly here..too bad we can't share and find a good in between :)

I'm ready to wear flowy skirts again. Pants just don't sit well with the stomach sometimes, but it is so chilly.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a "dress right for your figure" type book out of the library last week. It was American and was advocating wearing v-necks instead of turtlenecks. How can you *do* that when it's -40C??!!

What do you wear when it's cold, LMills? Trousers and never skirts?

I.
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Logically, you wouldn't right? You should see what the girls on my campus wear in the bitter cold and rain though. Rain boots with VERY short shorts. Why? I guess because it is stylish to pair uggs and track shorts. Never mind the cold....

I can't wear skirts when it is cold...I used to because I could wear leggings underneath, but they are all so tight and uncomfortable with the Crohn's! Even worse than pants it seems. Black dress pants or jeans seem to be the way to go these days in the cold. And a lot of layering...how do you get by with your weather?
It's so hard to think of Australia without the warm plains and kangaroos with their pretty ingenious methods of eluding the heat(too much watching Planet Earth?). But then it makes sense with the cold...I was just reading about the Polynesian Islands and their varying climates anyway but with a lot of emphasis on the cold climates.
Enough digressing :( Sorry...

You know what would be really nice though? I nice big scarf to hide the head from the wind. They charge 30-60 dollars everywhere I go though. Maybe it's time to take up knitting.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
In this weather? The official advice is to wear loose breathable clothing.

The problem is that with the hole in the ozone layer we do need to be reasonably covered up when we go outside so it's not a good idea to walk around in strappy dresses etc (though the silly young'uns still do) - I'm always in hat, sleeved shirt and sunscreen. I was walking down the street a few days ago and somehow my feet were getting sunburnt in my sandals, so you can see why covering up is important!
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Very sound advice...it's so hard to follow in the heat sometimes, but at least we have sunscreen for some coverage. It's unfortunate that it's not even these days. Skin cancer rates should be indicative of the importance of what you say. Unfortunately, tanning beds and revealing skin seem to be as popular as ever around here, hot or cold hah..

How do you get around in long sleeves in heat waves!?
And do you ever have the problem where it seems like your shirts shrink in the sense that one day they cover your midriff and the next your belly button is peeking out?..
I wish it wouldn't attract unwanted attention to wear Indian saris or Japanese yukata...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
You can do gauzy long sleeves that aren't too hot; I just do sleeves that come close to the elbow. It's the shoulders that need the most protection, anyway.

And yes, I do have the midriff problem with t-shirts!! It's very frustrating.

Mind you, it could be worse. Remember the Little House on the Prairie books, when they had to get through heatwaves in multiple peticoats and corsets and long skirts? ugh.

Here's what we're enduring, if you're interested:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/28/2476483.htm
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't even imagine getting by in those days...can you imagine doing the work women did in all those layers? Or having Crohn's in a corset? Don't even get me started on getting to the restroom in time AND wrestling with your clothing.

It gives a good appreciation for how minimal our attire is in comparison these days. Shoes are another story though. It's so tempting just to go with slip-ons even when it's raining, but wet socks is no fun. Walking around campus soaks you to the bone, and I swear, even when there is no wind elsewhere, there is always inordinate amounts on university grounds. Woe to those who care about their hair.

That is a little bit frightening Ivy...I hate that people don't take the heat seriously enough. I hope you're doing all right?
It seems to be the polar, no pun intended, opposite here. One man was found in his wheelchair with a shovel beneath the snow..
It's difficult not to worry about people in this kind of weather.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, that poor man. That's horrible. What happened? Did the chair get stuck while trying to shovel and was (obviously) unable to walk back into the house?

Crohn's in a corset - horrible thought... but I suppose people did it...

I'm off to watch the weather report and see what's in store for us tomorrow *rolls eyes*

Back in a sec, as long as the server doesn't boot me off.

ps. I know what you mean about uni campuses! Same here.
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LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty sure that's what happened. He was still alive when they found him but died after he arrived at the hospital...I can't even imagine.

Best wishes for the weather hah...it seems like they either tell us what we don't want to hear and it happens or they tell us what we would like and the complete opposite occurs.

I am off to bed for the night since it's 2 am haha. Not good for a school night, but it is so hard to shut off the computer sometimes! So many things to read, interesting people to talk to...etc.

Have a good evening(?) :)
And thank you for mentioning sunscreen by the way. I keep forgetting to go pick some up. Goodness knows the last thing any of us needs is ANOTHER health problem that could have been avoided by a few minutes of applying a cream.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, 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 a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 1/28/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have size 10-26 in my closet.
Spandex is key in any trouser, and buy them loose enough so you can get them off without having to undo them...lol
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