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FallColors
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   Posted 2/1/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
How are our Australian Crohnies fairing under the heat wave??  I just heard it was 110 F in Melbourne (43.3 C).  I would vaporize instantly!!  mad   
 
Actually, I think the better emoticon to describe heat like that from the pits of Heck is devil devil devil
 
Stay cool!!   scool
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


cayer
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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Its hard on the Crohn's! the hot flushes bring on D for me, don't know why??? It was 110 for like 3 days straight but I live close to the beach so we sat in the water all day and ate gelato...tough life hey. ha ha
26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 100mg
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams.


FallColors
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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ohhhh!!!! Heat + D = dehydration!!

I think what you call gelato we call ice cream. Gelato is made from milk?

Take care!!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for thinking of us FallColors :)
I live in outer Sydney and the lowest temp here for the past two weeks has been 35 UGH.
We try and stay indoors and hydrate ourselves with water all day, the car trips I have to do are like sitting in a sauna.
We are looking at 40+ again this weekend - just great.
I want to move to the North Pole :)
Jo

snohare
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes I've got bad news for you Jo - it's melting ! smilewinkgrin

SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
lol thanks snohare, then maybe Scotland thats cold too right?
Jo

FallColors
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Its 35 F = 1.6 C here in Washington DC. There is a little snow on the ground and more is predicted tomorrow night.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
If only we could meet half way with the temperatures maybe we would have a perfect climate :)
Jo

Noctivigant
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
In Hobart, (The very south of Australia) it's cooled down and starting raining in the past day and a half.

It's such a relief...

andorable
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   Posted 2/1/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Im in Queensland where its hot all year round pretty much. Thank god for my air con. Wouldnt survive without it

LMills
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   Posted 2/1/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you guys are all right...the only solace that comes with the cold is being able to hide from it under blankets. Heat is definitely another story. You guys be careful!
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."


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 2/1/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i heard the heat was so bad for the aussie open that the top men's players are petitioning to postpone the tournament by a month or two. you cant play 3 sets, let alone 5 sets, at 90 degree plus and they were reporting it was well over 100 at times on the court. at that point it becomes more about fitness and will power than skill and preparation. i hope they do postpone it.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


ivy6
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   Posted 2/1/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Try 44-45C, which is what it's been here for days. Birds and possums are falling from the trees with heat exhaustion, and people are dying. So are my cactii and succulents, which I think is amazing!

I hate to break it to you, Jo, but our 36C has been welcomed as a "cool change", so don't complain too much :-P

I've just returned from a 600km trip in the heat. I almost cried when I saw what this week has done to our poor, dry country. The lakes are gone, the dams are gone, there was stock, dead, in the paddocks ... I don't know how the wild animals are going to cope.

:-(

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cayer
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Ha Ha fallcolors gelato is actually 'Italian' for ice cream but in Australia and US its also called sorbet. My choice from the ice cream truck was ice cream or gelato and i cant eat ice cream because of the dairy. Americans are so cute he he. and by the way I paid 8 bucks for it...do you think they took advantage of the heat? Was the best 8 bucks i've ever spent!
26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 100mg
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams.


FallColors
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Cayer,

So now I'm just confused.  Why are you calling sorbet gelato?  Are you speaking Italian?  tongue tongue

In that heat, I would fill a tub with it and then dive in!!   yeah


Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


snohare
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
scool It's snowing here in Aberdeen. Boy, I'm in my element if this continues.smilewinkgrin (That's snowgoggles I'm wearing here, btw.)
Think on the positive side ivy. At the moment you guys are having 40 degrees +. In Saudi Arabia and other desert areas nearer the equator they already get that. Once the North Pole has finished melting, (at least 20 years ahead of schedule judging by the current rate) they are forecast to warm up big time, with S Europe and even France seeing temperatures of 40C in heatwaves. What will the Arabs do, in 50C + heatwaves ?
Makes me glad I'm in a bit that's not too hot, not too dry...pity I so rarely see the sun ! cry

ivy6
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's a huge worry. That's why I'm upset. If the birds are falling out of the trees with just a few days of heat, what's going to happen when this weather becomes the norm?

The whole thing is completely depressing.

Stay safe there. I've seen your snow on the news, and have been listening to reports about it on the BBC World Service. It's incredible - what is it, the heaviest fall in 18 years?

Ivy.
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cayer
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
HA HA fallcolors we did do that! We have a kiddie pool in the back and it was warm so we chucked a bag of ice in. My dog is scared of me now too because every time he came near me I wet him with the hose and he is like a cat with water...cute but silly Lab
Tina 26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 100mg used in the past Remcide, salofalc, pred.
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams ha ha.


Sniper
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess licking your wrists like the rues doesn't help that much, but if they had AC they would stay indoors . Sorry you guys have to go through this . Hope some relief comes your way soon. We just got through a pretty bad drought here and I had to keep the yard alive by pumping water from the bayou. Glad to have rain again.
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snohare
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah I have a close friend who left Aberdeen to live in Melbourne with her partner, who currently has the joyous task of helping to sort out the water shortage in the Murray/Darling river basin.
nono I told her a while back.... "Move. Australia is going to burn." There's not much evidence of what happens when the climate changes in Oz, but it is all bad - flood deposits and charred materiels. And God knows, history is littered with the remains of civilisations that ran out of water, most of whose names are forgotten, so to a historian the writing is on the wall. eyes Of course this is a hateful thing to say, and worse to hear, and she is not moving.
But then again, going to abandon ship before it is the very last moment goes against the grain, anyone worth their salt is going to want to stay and make things work. And if anyone can make things work, you guys can ! And who knows what the ocean currents may do in a couple of years, wafting cool fresh icebergs from Antarctica... yeah
I wouldn't mind some ice right here where I am. It seems to be snowing everywhere in the UK except in Aberdeen, where it is raining, raining , raining , ...you get the idea. House lights on all day, never a sight of the sky. And not for nothing do I call myself Snohare - soggy fur is no fun, my natural habitat really is amongst snowdrifts ! wink I am doing a sponsored sleepout on behalf of the homeless this coming Friday, together with hundreds of others, I am hoping for some good snowball fights and a satisfactory igloo.

ivy6
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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean, Sno. Quite a few of my friends have come to the same realisation and are thinking about leaving, but are not sure when to go or where... NZ maybe?

One thing I know is that it's not a good idea to be a sick and vulnerable person in a struggling society. History suggests that the sick and the poor are amongst the first to suffer, as we have fewer resources to draw on in hard times. However. Such is life.

Have a snow fight for me, Sno. It's something I've always wanted to do and haven't had the opportunity yet :-)

Ivy.
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snohare
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes Yep, I kind of suggested NZ to my friend, but there are two problems with that. One is a thing called tectonic rebound, which has really barely been mentioned so far but may well be very important. That's where tectonic fault lines become more active as the ice sheets melt and weight on the Earth's crust gets redistributed. It used to be thought of as a very slow, gradual insignificant process - like climate change. But the Three Gorges Dam in China has made a perceptible dent in the Earth's crust, and earthquakes have been triggered by lubrication by melting glaciers in other areas. New Zealand being so tectonically active....it might get really Hollywood.
The other thing is political, so I'm going to be a tad circumspect, but have you noticed what the Maoris have been saying about non-Aboriginal people and land recently ? It's a recipe for strife if the viewpoints polarise, and I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to take on the Maoris ! tongue skull
I know what you mean about the ill, but don't forget - we have two huge advantages over the rich and insulated. (Quite apart from the fact that we have to start hoisting out our lifeboats a bit earlier.)
We have fewer illusions, we know we are just a mote in God's eye. And we have coping skills already, which overflow into totally different situations where most people would be lost. Think how used to being stressed for long periods of time we all are here. Get a reputation for having know-how, resilience and judgement when the wheels fall off, and you'd be amazed at how keen people are to include you in things! (idea Mark you, some of them will just be looking for someone to blame...) smilewinkgrin
I am saving a carrot especially for your very own snowman, and will send you pictures. yeah

ivy6
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sno, thanks so much for that. I've been worrying about it for some time, and you're absolutely right. We have coping skills that we don't even recognise in ourselves most of the time. Thanks

Please do make that snowman and post a picture! Fancy that - I'm about to have a lifelong ambition done by proxy :-)

Ta

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snohare
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   Posted 2/4/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
sad Bad news Ivy. It snowed during the night, then it was dinging down snow this morning, but it has turned all slushy, with the forecast for a drop in temperatures tonight. So.....it looks like... idea
The Iceman Cometh ! smilewinkgrin
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