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Sniper
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   Posted 7/27/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
 Its been over a month,, I think. I am getting more than my fair share of abuse lately. Uncle Sam, Mother Nature, and Father Time have been kicking me where the sun dont shine. I'm slowly pecking my way through it but I'm doing so with great difficulty . Sorry I dont have much fun left in me and I know in my last post that was not received very well but I will try one more time. Eve tells me you guys miss me. I hope its not just for the jokes. Being serious is hard for me but I have no funny left right now. I would not mind a few kind words if anyone has them to give. A prayer or two also. Thanks for listening..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Keeper
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   Posted 7/27/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, they say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your relatives and your crop of relatives are ganging up on you! I hope your friends are making up for it.

RedAdmin
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I always keep you in my prayers. May you find peace. So sorry you are going through a rough time.
Red (Lee Ann)
    "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." - Edmund Burke


rovin1959
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
The prayer has been sent. I really do not know you,however I can assure you that you have been missed. 

Mary Lynn


Zanne
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that this has been a particularly bad time for both you and your wife. I know that it seems that when things can't get worse they always do. I sure hope that things get better soon and that you will soon find the funny again. We miss you, but not just for the fun you bring. I will be sending out all the positive thoughts I can and hope that they can reach you down in the south!
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Nanners
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,

So sorry to hear so many things are hitting you all at one time. You can definetly count on me to keep you and Cami in my prayers. They always say God never gives you more than you can handle, but I say maybe its time God gave you a break and will ask for His peace and grace to surround you both during these difficult times.

We are always here for you James, never forget that. You are part of our family and jokes or not, you are a valued member and are deeply missed. And its ok to vent to us, we all truly understand.

Love ya,
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

inflamed
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sending positive thoughts and wishes here as well. You have been missed, and for far more than your jokes. You've helped so many of us here. Hope our well wishes can do a bit of the same for you.

FamilyGuy
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
((((James)))) You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Saying a few extra for you and Camilla....
Jon,  Co-moderator for Crohn's Disease, Depression, & Celiac Disease forums
 
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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper...you are not missed just for humor. You are missed for your honesty and caring and because we care about you. I am thinking of you and Camilla and hoping things turn for the better very quickly. Please don't feel like you have to only come with humor...we are your support as much as you are ours.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


FallColors
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1220
   Posted 7/27/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Sniper! Prayers for comfort, healing, and support for both you and you wife! Your compassion, insight, and humor have benefited so many of us, I pray we can do something now for you! How is your wife doing? I pray she is recovering quickly! And how is your own health? As you go about your day, please remember how many on this forum are thinking about you and praying for you!
Diagnosed with 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.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/27/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((((((((James and Cam))))))))))))))))))))))
Sending prayers and Very Big Gentle Hugs!
Buddy, I missed the heck out of you, and I am so sorry that this summer has not been what retirement should be. If you want me to come down and kick Uncle Sam, just remind me to grab the boots with the steel toes and 4 inch stillettos. :)
Forum Co-moderator - Crohn's Disease/Thyroid Disorders:_All comments have the caveat contact your local health care provider.

I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586

All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life?  Has your life brought joy to others?

Make sure your suffering has meaning…


dunny2
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 3200
   Posted 7/27/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My love & prayers xxxx
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...


SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/27/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Love and prayers sent your way Sniper :)
Jo

Sniper
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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very moved by the kind thoughts ans prayers. Sometimes I get so far down I forget to look up. Thank you all.... Last night we were in our third storm of the day . Lightning hitting all over so we had all the things we could unpluged. Candles were lit when the power went out and my wife noticed that the flame was not as distorted by her eye as it had been. That was such a load from my shoulders I cant explain. I know her eye will take a long time to heal but it looks as though it has begun. She may always have some sight loss in the one spot but she can judge distance a little better now. She has been through so much these last few years . .. As for me, I just finished a round of Flagil because of C Dif. I am very sure that the saying about a bitter pill to take is just for this pill. Had my remicade yesterday and am hoping the mouse juice will get me through the hard days I still have. Uncle Sam is still sending me questionnaires to fill out . They seem determined to drop my SSDI. The stress of fighting them is grinding me down. I just want some peace. I guess I was very naive about it when I got it. My cynical side failed to see that they could jerk the rug from under my feet. I wont make that mistake again. The thought of having to enter the job market again is just horrible. I would rather be back in Nam. At least there a swift end to suffering was always one step away. Thanks for listening. Sorry if I gripe too much. Its new to me and I need to practice some...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 7/28/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Vent away Sniper, you are among friends who all understand the trials this disease can cause. Glad to hear Cami is on the mend and will keep the prayers going she continues to heal well. I am so sorry the VA is still giving you so much grief, I can't believe after all this time, they are still making you jump thru hoops. This is what gets to me too, I know I should probably really be out on disability, but I just don't have the energy to fight the govt. Will definetly keep you in my prayers that things calm down in your household soon.

Big Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

FallColors
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Total Posts : 1220
   Posted 7/28/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sniper!

I am so happy to hear you wife's vision is improving! What a wonderful bit of hope in this dark time. You said you were on flagyl -- please don't forget that it can really really twist your emotions. It left me weepy and anxious, which is not like me at all! And the VA trying to work one over on you! Makes me want to run in there and poop on their shoes! Hey, VA man -- think CD isn't a problem?? Take this!!!! That will lern 'em!

Seriously though, fight for your benefits, even though you shouldn't have to. Vets deserve much more then they are getting! I hope you are completely over the dred C-diff and are feeling stronger very soon!
Diagnosed with 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.


Sniper
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   Posted 7/28/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
You know I never thought about the flagyl and emotion angle. I've been so busy dealing with the stress all my life that when it hits me I just think its business as usual. The SSDI people wanting to stop my check is the worse part. I cant even think of what I could do if I lost that income and had to find work. What work ? What am I good for anyway ? Not much. The bills keep piling up from doctors and I dont think I can afford much more. Feels like I am falling through the thin ice I have been skating on. As for the VA. Thats a joke. The VA rep here spends more money on himself than I could ever need. Its a gravy trian for him. I am having very bad thoughts about what I should do next. All that can be done now is to wait and see though. Maybe they will give me a break,,Yeah ,, right,,thats going to happen.. When donkeys fly. Nanners, thanks for the prayers. I think I am off of his, to do list right now. I'm not giving up though, just not dealing well with an answer that may be,,,NO...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 7/28/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Sniper)))) Hang in there buddy, I know how much I hate the hurry up and wait situation, and understand the stress of you having to deal with the govt who is famous for doing just that.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Becoming undone
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper...(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((cyberhugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))...I have always been amazed at your humor and grace that you have shown on this forum. You have helped me to laugh when I was really down. I am not as gifted with words as are you, but I am thinking of you and your family...
"The earth laughs in flowers"


FallColors
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Many hugs Sniper! Answers to prayers can be "yes", "no", and "wait -- trust me." I don't know which of the last two is harder for me! The second one below is for your VA person.

Psalm 9:9-10 "The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."

Psalm 37:7-11 "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace."
Diagnosed with 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.


Sniper
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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Great peace. I long for any peace. I drag my body painfully from bed each morning to watch the sun rise , for it tells me I have made it through another night. I watch the sun set each evening, for it says I have made it through another day. I dont watch the TV news, with all its slant , deception , and horror. I have seen all those things first hand and long to forget. Instead I watch the bayou flow for I know it is doing good. I watch the birds, animals and flowers for unlike man they know without question what they are meant to be. If I must go out of my world I put on a mask. A mask of confidence that shows only a happy face. I dont reveal what lies behind the mask , I am hidden, a child in darkness. Only here does the mask come off. Only in the safety of my home with the love of my wife at my side. I look for the good in all people. I know there is both good and bad in all but I have grown to know the evil that comes with power and authority. I avoid that evil at any chance but when that evil comes into my world, I am torn between wanting to turn away or fight. Both are the right thing to do but only at the right time and I struggle with which is when. I have been through worse times than now and I know the sun will rise again. I am clinging to the good things and trying to let go of the bad. Today, I am weak , so I am reaching out for help. Tomorrow when I am strong again you may count on me for a helping hand, a kind word and a prayer. Bless you all...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


FallColors
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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
We live in a broken world. Nothing of man is pure, and even the animals suffer the effects of our brokeness. The only worthwhile thing is seeking and learning from the creator who promised to do good to those who are his. The ambitions of the world (ambition, money, fame, etc.) are "chasing the wind". I long for the day when the world will be remade. In the meantime -- "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody" (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
Diagnosed with 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.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless you too Sniper and Cam. You know we will be there for that hand up anytime you want it. Beautifully said btw...
Forum Co-moderator - Crohn's Disease/Thyroid Disorders:_All comments have the caveat contact your local health care provider.

I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586

All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life?  Has your life brought joy to others?

Make sure your suffering has meaning…


ski bum
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   Posted 7/28/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, I hope Mother Nature, Father Time and Uncle Sam do an about face and you and your wife receive kinder and gentler treatment. If the unthinkable happens and you lose your SSDI, you might want to consider a career in writing. You write beautifully. Peace. SB
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.


EMom
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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, you are in my prayers.
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