Finding humor in it all

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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My sense of humor may not jive with everyone but I've found that being able to have alittle laugh about having an Ileostomy is good therapy. I've had mine since 1990 and I've made jokes about it since the day after my surgery. My friends also felt comfortable making jokes once they relaized I was truly comfortable with my new conversation piece. Here's an example: My best friend called me just before an informal dinner with friends that he and his wife were hosting and asked me if I had eaten yet. I said " No, why?". He said his wife had made a bean salad and he didn't want me to blow my hefty bag while I was there. That was worth a chuckle. Before my girlfriend and I left for the party I took a trashbag from under the sink with me. I didn't tell her what I was doing until just before we walked in. I blew it up and tied it closed then tucked it in front of my pants so it was dangling to my knees, then we walked in. When he saw me and realized what I had done he rolled off the sofa laughing. No one else knew what was so funny until he explained. Some of them still didn't think it was funny! Our attitudes are all in our heads. Choose to be happy!
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years. Now on Remicade, iron, and two months of prednisone. Feeling like a champ!
God Bless. Tony

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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony happy is good and glad your health has improved. lol gail
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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
idea Suddenly I feel like a colostomy bag could be something to look forward to.... devil Thanks for sharing smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Really funny! "Watch out! Its going to blow!!" now has new meaning!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's two days before my 48th birthday in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, vitamins D and B-12, and doing well!

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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with YOU, yellowfin!

...this disease is crappy, and if you don't laugh about it, you'll cry. I prefer to laugh.

Last summer Husband and I were getting hay for the horse. We stopped half way through to get some soda and chips. Now, I knew better than to eat/drink while away from the house (bathroom) but darnit, I was thirsty! Well, of course my guts 'woke up' and I had to go and the hay barn has no bathroom. I couldn't run out behind their barn because then they'd KNOW what I did by leaving the 'evidence', so I got back into the open-top Jeep and told Husband what was about to happen and he'd have to load and tie the hay himself.
On the drive home, we were joking that NOW would be the best time to have a vehicle accident, because I could get away with saying "It scared the poop right outta me!"
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel bad for people who can't laugh at themselves. Living with Crohn's obviously isn't fun, but you can't take yourself too seriously. You have to get over the "embarassment", farting and pooping and gas are all a part of YOU. Just the other day I thought I had to fart, but no, I leaked a little #2. As I ran to the bathroom, my fiance and I were both cracking up. He says I'll never learn to just be safe and go to the bathroom! I think laughter truly is the best medicine!

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Humor really can be the best medicine. Sometimes it is tough to "laugh it off" but you have to try. I'm looking at an ileostomy in the nea r future. This has been my fear for the last 20 years. BUt after reading some of the posts here and talking with some people, I'm thinking I may name it "Winnie." Get it? Winnie "the pooh." hahahahahahahahahahaha
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
SCUBA diver, Master's degree student, college graduate, Pet therapist

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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
turn Excellent Annyb, I must mention that one to my sister who has IBD and is obsessed with Tigger and all that bunch !
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