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lola48
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
my daughter was diagnosed with mild crohn's colitis. any tips for eating? she is doing gluten, dairy free - no fried foods, etc. what is good when you are out? breakfast? and working with the university? any help would be great!

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Like I said start finding safe foods for her, is she staying in the dorms? If so you need to let dining services know so they can have food for her.
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lola48
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
how did your son or daughter work with this or you when you were/are in college?

EMom
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Although my son is not yet in college, I spoke with the dining service representative at my daughter's college last year about situations like my son's. She assured me they have many people on specific diets (i.e. gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetic). Although my son will not likely be going to that same university, I felt assured we can make the proper connections wherever he ends up. It seems nearly all universities use these dining services these days, so yes, talk with a representative.

Since junk food rules in college, the biggest challenge may be keeping healthy snacks on hand for your daughter for the times when everyone is having a study break with mass quantities of sugary snacks or high-carb snacks--they are not good in excess, either. I am betting this responsibility (keeping his snacks and honey stock-piled) will fall in my lap for my son, so I'm hoping he'll choose a college no more than a couple hours away so I can help him out. I'll let you know how that goes! lol! I would also HOPE to keep him stocked with home made yogurt... One mom here said her daughter made her own while at college. shocked I fear there's no chance of that here... rolleyes
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.


lola48
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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
she'll b 6 1/2 hours away. i now wish she was closer though it is manageable. we found a gi there that we will meet right away. she eats no dairy so we don't do the yogurt thing. i will be sending her packages with snacks every week and the school has a gluten-free, vegan, kosher by meat and dairy dining hall that is part of the bigger dining hall. i think because the diagnosis is so new it feels more overwhelming. i guess my biggest concern is if something goes awry and she is there alone. thanks for the ideas!

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/8/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
She will have an RA that will be there, and make sure she has a cell phone. She more then likely have roomate too. If she get hospitalized, you speak with the Student Life office about her classes. If she is living dorm she will be around ALOT of people.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lola, just wanted to let you know that boyfriends, friends, and roommates all take very good care of each other in college. I was undiagnosed then but most likely had crohns. My junior year I had severe diarrhea and vomitting. My roommate stayed up and held my head up in the bathroom so I wouldn't drown in the toilet. When health services opened my boyfriend took over and brought me in there where I got IVs. When I kept vomitting they sent me to the hospital. I chose to have my boyfriend drive me instead of taking the ambulance. He stayed with me the whole time I was in the ER. I also drove many friends to the ER for broken bones, stitches, etc. And like Navy said, there are aways RA's, RD's and professors. One of my professors kids had a severe digestive illness so she was always checking in on how I was doing. Don't forget even non-crohnies get sick while away at school. There really isn't much you would be able to do help her than comfort her and drive her to the doc. My parents just reminded me that they were only hours away and in a real emergency could get there. I did fine and she will too!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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