Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 11/6/2007 12:27:12 PM (GMT-7)
I'm already a co-pilot. :) It takes many years of service with an airline to get to Captain status. Yes, I do fly for a major airline. I haven't been with them long enough to qualify for much in the way of disability or sick time. The only thing I get is Pilot Mutual Aid. It helps, but it's not what I was making flying the line.
As far as flying anxiety, I've tried talking to many people about it over the years. I commute to work, so I'm constantly in the back of the aircraft (in uniform) listening to other passenger's horror stories, lost bags, complaints, missed flights, bad weather experiences, fear of flying, etc. While I do try to listen to each one as sympathetically as possible, I must say that I'm a pilot, not a therapist, and not only do I get tired of listening to the tirades, my ability to help hasn't been great. Especially when it comes to fear of flying. It's kinda like this.... I try to explain what it's like to have Crohn's to my wife. While she generally nods and says "uh huh", she can't really understand what it's like unless she could "walk a mile in my shoes." The same can be said of the fear of flying. I grew up flying on airplanes. To me, it's just as natural as getting in a car and going for a ride. So it's very difficult for me to relate to someone that has fear/anxiety about flying when to me it's like breathing air; it's hard to tell someone how to get passed a problem that I simply can not relate to. about the only advice I can offer is to get on the airplane, enjoy the ride, and do it as frequently as you can. That which we are familiar with becomes harder to fear.
Well, I'm off to my GI appointment. :/
Gallbladder problems are pretty common in IBD patients, I think. I found out in the hospital that I have a gall stone. I found out today that it's 2.9cm. Yowza! My GI's opionion is that as long as it's not bothering me, we should leave it alone. That's fine by me. I have enough other problems to deal with.
Have you and an upper endoscopy or an upper GI with SBFT? Those are both common tests to check out the rest of your digestive track.
Regarding probiotics, here's an excellent link you should read...when the page loads in, scroll to the top of the page to read the article from the beginning...
I just joined this website and read what you last wrote.I'm sorry that you have to deal with CD and can't work.I saw that you started taking entocort.I used to take that for some time.Did you know that it is a mild steriod?Be carefull with steriods.They may seem like an easy solution,but using certain steroids can have lasting effects.I would cation you not to take prednisone if it is ever suggested,at least not high doses for long periods of time.I now first hand what it can do to you.I just wanted to voice my concern and opinions.If you would like to reply to me,I would be glad to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.Try to have a nice day.
CrohnsDaddy, if I missed it in your original post, please forgive me. Did you also have an upper GI or endoscopy with your colonoscopy? My CD originated in the section where the ileum and colon connect, so it was very hard to find with standard tests. This of course was in '89, so had an upper GI then a lovely barium enema. They found nothing until on the second BE they pushed air through to pass between the colon and small intestine. That's when they found it.
My more recent endoscopy and colonoscopy (in the same day fun!) covered everything, but I have no ileum anymore and only about 2/3 of my jejunum. I'm on Pentasa as well since my CD is still in my small intestine mainly. You might think about taking an anti-gas med when you first start it if it gives you tummy pain (not normal CD cramping). I took Prilosec for a week as I had developed a touch of Gastritis from the CD flare etc.
Anyway, sorry for the ramblings lol. I hope all works out for you with the new meds.