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Date Joined Nov 2004
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone=
i am looking for advice on dehydration and healing. i was in my traditional fall flare since november and was on the dreaded pred. on 12/30 i fell and fractured my left foot and shattered my right ankle. they had to do emergency surgery to save my right foot and i now have a tremendous amount of hardware replacing the ankle joint. i slowly weaned myself off the pred about a month ago. since then the diarrhea and pain has returned as well as vomitting with the diarrhea. when my intestines spasm so does my stomach. i have had two instances of home iv hydration but the last time- last week- the nurses couldnt get my veins so i ended up in the er for 12 hrs. while i was there i did get three bags of fluid but was told that i really wasnt that bad and didnt truly need it as my tongue and lips werent split and my eyes werent sunken. this is despite the fact that i had a hard time with putting my sentences together. so here is my first dilemma- it is less than a week and i am dehydrated again and i dont know what to do. my home nurse is contacting my gastro to discuss a picc line as my veins are so bad and she isnt confident that she can get a home line in. i also cant easily get around due to the broken feet. any advise on how to deal with and overcome the dehydration?
second question- i am healing very very slowly from the breaks and am looking at another 8 wks on top of the current 9 wks before i can walk again.. as anyone had broken bones or trauma occur when they were in a flare and how did it affect you? is there anything else i can be doing?

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have much advise, just wanted to tell you I hope they do agree with a picc line, at least then you don't have to worry about being a pincushion.

Are you able to keep liquids down? Could you drink Gatorade?

Hope things get better for you! Sounds like you've been through a lot lately.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 3/11/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not experienced breaking bones during a flare, but I just wanted to say that I hope they give you a picc line -- it seems like the most rational solution given your immobility.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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