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ivy6
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Fires, floods, record heat...

Please do check in and let us know that you and yours are safe.

I'm hot but ok & safe so far.

Ivy.
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gemini kiwi
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes thinking of you all across the ditch, we're sweltering here today and tomorrow will be even hotter.
Take care ,
tess

ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a feeling that stubborn high pressure system would move across to you eventually. I'm sorry, Tess. It's nasty enough that we should have kept it to ourselves.... but in our defence, we did keep it for several weeks... :-/

I'm up late listening to the news, which is just awful...
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cayer
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to attend a birthday today and a friend at the party said there car registered 48deg cel or 118 F on the way down on the car temp gauge. Believe it or not I think i'm used to the heat now...of course I don't have to be out in the sun and do sympathise with anyone that does.
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.


snohare
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
shocked 48 ! Sheesh, I'm going to enjoy my snowdrifts this weekend, even if it is closing down everything !
You guys don't have any bush fires going though, do you ?

Nanners
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw this news this morning. Keeping all you Aussies in my prayers, must be terrible.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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LMills
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you guys are all right...I just heard about the wild fires a few minutes ago :( Take care of yourselves you hear?
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."


FallColors
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Please take care of yourselves everyone!!! Such dangerous heat!!! Any predictions for when the heat wave may break???
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 2/7/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
In Sydney the cool change should happen mid next week, out my way today we are expecting 46 degrees, hopefully no bushfires as we are close to the mountains where they get quite bad.
Sorry you are getting this weather too Tess :(
Jo

ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Sno, our state is undergoing one of its biggest fire emergencies ever. 25 confirmed dead so far, and this is first thing in the morning, before officials can go in and survey the damage. They're expecting the toll to reach the 40s very quickly... and the morgues are already full because so many people died in the heat, before the fires started.

In a nutshell, we've had no rain for ages, *then* we had our worst heat wave on record, *then* we had our hottest day ever (46C+), and *then* we were hit with gale-force hot northerly winds. The country is so dry; it has just burst into flames and the wind pushed the fires faster than anyone could run, let alone fight, them.

The fires are pretty close to a couple of my good friends, but, though evacuated, they are ok so far.

If you choose to click on the link above, Sno, you might like to click on the link to Peter Mitchell's description of his town burning. It's one of those harrowing radio interviews I'll never forget.

Stay cool, Jo.

Ivy.
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy, I have just seen the news this morning, missed last nights news and wasnt aware of the fires in your state, the maps of the fires look close to you are they? I hope not. This is terrible to watch.
Jo

gachrons
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Wishing the best to you all and stay safe.lol gail
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ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jo, but I'm ok so far. The closest fire is 30 minutes from here, and the wind is blowing it away from us at this point.

It's awful. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed...
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you are safe Ivy, the losses of these poor people is awful :(
Jo - whose is not going to whinge about the heat today as there are people worse of than me!

ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
:-P Mind you, Jo, 42 is awful in *any* state.
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snohare
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
shakehead Strikes me that this sounds like one of those days where saying, "Well, living like this beats h**l out of the alternative" is the closest to humour you're going to get !
Can you tell me how close to Melbourne the fires are ? The Google map I was looking at didn't have a scale, so I am wondering how far away from my friend's house there Kinglake was....
God, this is awful news to have to watch !

FallColors
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ivy this is just dreadful!! The fires are awfully close. Please be packed and ready to get out of there. If the wind changes direction, the fire could come so fast. Please, please stay safe!!!
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.


dunny2
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy, Jo, Tess and anybody out there suffering this awful weather. My thoughts are with you all. I have a niece over there with
you guys. I'm sure my sister in the UK (her mum) is driving herself crazy with worry....

Stay safe xxx
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
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Kaycie
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Stay safe Aussies!!! It sounds brutal.

We just experienced a terrible ice storm that took out 50%+ of households electricity. My husband's hometown (family still there) will be without power for nearly a full month, maybe longer. And, the temps keep dipping below 0 F. When our power went out, we had no choice but to pack up and go to my parents as my 21lb little girl could not withstand the cold!
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old


vietvet
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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
tonight while watching tv, a rather odd commercial came on that my wife and i sat watching wondering what it was about......because it looked like a movie trailer, and as soon as somebody said something about needing a walkabout, i knew where it was going. it was a tourism commercial for australia......................i thought about you guys and what you are experiencing there. 40 years ago, flying from darwin to sydney in the predawn darkness (sydney wouldn't allow flights before 8:00am), i got to see firsthand what fires in the outback was all about.......and that was during normalcy. i can only imagine what things must be like now. i wish you guys could send some of that heat here to melt all the snow. are things any better in the northern regions around darwin? i know that is actually going closer to the equator, but weather paterns do strange things. i'll reiterate sno's question, 'is it bad down around melbourne'? they would seemingly be much cooler, but, again, weather does strange things at times.

stay safe, Aussies! have a couple o' schooners for me, and may the weather break tomorrow.

vv

ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
vv, it's flooding in the north and burning in the south. Both are terrible.

Sno, the fires are affecting Melbourne's outskirts, as well as various regional centres.
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ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
ps. vv, it's not cooler in Melbourne. It was 46C there yesterday.
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gemini kiwi
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   Posted 2/8/2009 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Ivy, the smoke from your fires has reached us here in NZ, Alexandra in the South island had an eerie haze in the sky all day and tonight we had the most stunning sunset, we always do when there are the bush fires in OZ, its so sad that to see something so beautiful, there has been so much tragedy for it to happen.
Your all in my thoughts, stay safe,
tess.

andorable
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   Posted 2/8/2009 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope u are all safe, was just watching the news and it broke my heart to see how many peoples lives are turned upside down because of some horrible people out there that started those fires. They should be shot, to think of not only the people that have lost their homes, their lives, pets etc and all of our beautiful wildlife that just didnt stand a chance. It just makes me cry. I live in the north but not quite far enough to be affected by the floods thankfully but they also are destroying so many lives here in Australia. Sad right now, I wish I was healthy enough to volunteer to help them out. My son in law is with the SES (State Emergency Service) and may be heading north or south to help out. Take care all and stay safe

ivy6
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   Posted 2/8/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for checking in, everyone. So far we have Cayer, Jo, Ivy and Andorable... and we're missing Bilby (who is Victorian) and Phoebe. Have I missed anyone?

I agree, Andorable, it's frustrating not being healthy enough to volunteer. You stay safe there!
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