Thank you for caring enough about your student to try to dig up more information. The following link takes you to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's web page.
If you scroll down under the "Brochures" heading, you will see a brochure you can download that is specifically meant for teachers and other school personnel.
Crohn's is a very serious and life-threatening disease. Most patients must take medicine every day of their lives and cope not only with the painful and depleting effects of Crohn's itself, but also with the toxic side effects of the medications. In fact, some of the most common drugs used to treat Crohn's are in the family of chemotherapy medicines.
What is really insidious about this disease is that Crohn's patients often don't look sick. They can be fine, or nearly fine, one minute and on their way to the hospital in the next. Even when they look fine, they could really be in pain or exhausted.
Well hello teacher! Thanks for caring enough to find us. i wish my niece (who is suspected of having Crohns) had a teacher like you. Her teacher did not understand that sometimes running to the bathroom in 5 minutes was not an option and she had an accident at a young age. Very traumatizing.
I also recommend a visit to ccfa.com for further info. however, some basics thoughts:
Mornings do tend to be worse. I often go to work later than "normal"
I do not look sick even when I am curling up like a ball from the pain.
CD can cause nausea, diarhea, constipation, bleeding, severe cramping, nutritional deficits-all of which can come or go anytime
Having Cd often means dietary restrictions and the wrong foods can exacerbate symptoms
Each person with CD is very different in care and symptoms
Sprinting to the bathroom--even if it means knocking people over is not uncommon
I think telling her you know what Crohn's is and if she needs to talk you are available, will mean a lot. She can't talk to very many people about it and having someone to care enough to research the disease means a lot. My mom gives me a hard time about not feeling well and she won't research and understand what I go through, and that hurts, even with me being a grown woman!
I work full time and went back to school in 2002 to get my Bachelor's degree. I did an adult program that was accelerated and the most stressful thing I've ever done. By the end of three years I thought I was dying. I had blood in the stool, cramping, extreme fatigue, joint pain every day and diarrhea constantly. I was finally diagnosed right as I finished school so started my treatment when my stress was gone, so things have gone well.
Something I wish I would have known about years ago was baby wipes! I have used them for a few years and they are a necessity for me now. I keep a baggy full in my purse always. So maybe slip her a travel size one and say hey, I heard these help!
Started having issues in '92; lived with it until October '05 when I had a constant low grade fever for 3 months. CT scan showed Ulcerative Colitis. Capsule Endoscopy, Colonoscopy and upper GI November '05 gave diagnosis of Crohn's and GERD. I have ulcers from my mouth to my bottom and have had fissures/fistulas. Tried Prednisone, Azasan, Asacol and others with no improvement. Started Remicade infusions February 2006. Doing better but still don't feel 100%.