Earthquake and Colonscopy - not a great combination

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Kiwi12
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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Our city, Christchurch New Zealand, was hit by a substantial earthquake at the weekend. 
 
We were very lucky everyone is safe although it looks like my daughters house (she move in three months ago with her new hubby) is a write off it doesn't seem important when there was no loss of life, mainly due to the time it hit 5.30am.
 
I was pretty sure with the damage, esp to sewers, water, infrasture and aftershocks they would at least postpone my colonscopy due wednesday to a later date ... but no such luck ;P 
 
just hope my GI has a steady hand and the aftershocks settle down!
 
wonder why I am having a flare ... stress maybe ;P
 
 
 
 

ivy6
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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
How are you going to handle the bowel prep, seeing as they're saying not to flush toilets? :-0
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randynoguts
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   Posted 9/6/2010 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
good luck kiwi! and good luck to your daughter.

Aussie1971
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   Posted 9/6/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in Sydney, Australia and my Sister just moved back from Christchurch after moving there in Nov and she's glad she moved back! It must be very scary for you all over there. I hope the colonoscopy goes smoothly for you - and yes, how is your bowel prep going?

Nanners
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   Posted 9/6/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear you and yours are okay. I too wish you good luck with your scope. Hugs!
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Matthew
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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! I thought only LA city crohnies in the US had to worry about stuff like this!
Important thing is everyone is fine, like you said.
But why can't they postpone the scope for a couple of weeks???

Matthew

Kiwi12
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   Posted 9/7/2010 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much for all the good wishes :-)

I had hoped they might postpone but it has already been put off twice in the last month and it is getting to the point I really need to find out what is going on as it may be the resection site has collapsed.

It was first scheduled when I had an obstruction a month ago but got put off as my hubby had to dash to the UK (elderly parents crisis), then it got put off again when I got the flu and another obstruction so 3rd time should be the charm I guess.

I am really lucky it is still going ahead as with the post quake chaos most 'elective' procedures will be backlogged for weeks. My dear GI tells me I shall be one of the first procedures in the new endoscopy unit here and that it has weathered the earthquake well.

Just hope the aftershocks hold off for half an hour whilst his equipment is in my nether regions ;P

Lesley

Potsie
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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Kiwi, I want to PM you, but I don't know how.

Kiwi12
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   Posted 9/7/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Two shallow but substantial aftershocks in the last half hour and just got the call the endoscopy unit has been shut down.

My awesome GI has been ringing round to see if he can get us in somewhere else so the prep was not in vain but I am not holding my breath - I am consisently blown aware by his dedication to the care of his patients - simply amazing.

While it is a real pity I had finished the prep I am actually quite pleased as I was slightly concerned a jolt during the procedure might do some damage I don't need on top of the crohns ;P

I have put my email on my profile so you can PM me Potsie ;)

Thanks again for all you kind thoughts :-)

Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope they can find another location to do your scope, that sucks you get all the prep done, and then this:( You all stay safe okay. And what is with all these over 7 earthquakes around the world. Its starting to get a little scary. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & 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"*

Matthew
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   Posted 9/7/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I saw a news report that said you could be in for some more big aftershocks, full strength.
I hope everything works out eventually. Sooner or later, Mother Nature will calm down for a few minutes!

Sincerely,
Matt

kelli_C
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   Posted 9/7/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes, good luck, Kiwi, hopefully they can get you in somewhere else. I don't blame you for being slightly relieved, though - I think I'd feel the same way!

Keeping fingers crossed for no aftershocks...
UC dx in 1998 (age 18) - proctosigmoiditis - Allergic to Sulfa
1998-2009 Asacol 2/2X daily - very sketchy about taking it...pretty much drug-free for a long time.
Jan 2006 - Crohn's? UC?
Aug 2009 - flare - Mesalamine enemas and 4 Aprisos daily...still a bit sketchy about taking the Apriso once the flare was done
August 2010 - Flaring - Asacol HD and sfRowasa
8/10 - Doc dx me with Crohn's!
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