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smokeyswife
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   Posted 11/3/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone worried about the H1N1 virus having IBS? Will you get the vaccination for it?
 
I have several other health issues besides IBS and I am scared about this virus. I am so undecided about what I should do, get the vacine or not. Part of me wants to get the shot so I can be protected from it but another part of me is scared to get it. I really don't know what to do. Is anyone else besides me sitting on the fence?
 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.Thyroid Disease ,RA,IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Acid Reflux,
Taking Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Nexium, Singulair,extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.


Marsky
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   Posted 11/3/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have made my mind up about the H1N1 vaccine, then changed it, then changed it yet again. Now I feel confident the vaccine is safe and that people should get it, if it's made possible to them. I have two daughters in college so they're my focus, and truth be told if I were standing in line for a vaccine and there were only a handful of vaccines left but a young pregnant girl wanted one, I'd let her have mine. Or a much younger person than me. I know I would.

That said, if suddenly there are more vaccines available than there are people willing to receive them, then sure I'll get one.

But it seems as if this decision has been made for me. I know my immune system is all out of whack, has been since my cancer but again, I'm 54 and there are many more younger people who really need this vaccine. One of my daughters has asthma so I keep hounding her to listen for clinics who are giving them out. So far she hasn't found one.

It is scary. Of what could happen.

For now since there's not a darn thing I can do about getting a shot, I'm just not going to worry about it.

Besides I'm going into this flu season as I've always done in the past - washing my hands, staying away from sick people, eating well, getting my rest, exercising, etc.

That's pretty much all a person can do unless of course they offer shots - tomorrow - to all of us.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


smokeyswife
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Total Posts : 281
   Posted 11/4/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Marsky.
 
We have made up our mind as well. It is being offered to us as one large group for the fire department that my husband is a captain on. It is being held next Wed, November 11th for the firemen plus their immediate family members. I am still worried about it but am more worried about the virus itself so we will get it and pray that we are fine.
 
We are using common sense, we wash our hands, stay away from sick people as well, trying to eat well and trying to get enough sleep. And again we are praying that we don't get it and if we do we will trust that God will get us through it.
 
I'm sorry that you are dealing with cancer. I wish you well.
 
Thanks so much for  your answer.
Connie
 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.Thyroid Disease ,RA,IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Acid Reflux,
Taking Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Nexium, Singulair,extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.


Marsky
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   Posted 11/4/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie - I had cancer, 10 years ago but it was Stage 1 and surgery got it all. Thank goodness. No treatment necessary.

However, I've never been the same since my surgeries (had two). I get tired easily, I tend to bruise more easily than I remembered in the past, my legs tend to ache at times but walking on our treadmill helps. My doctor said my circulation wasn't same as before surgery. Whatever that means!

I just feel different. Always will I'm told. I'm also reconstructed, inside. When they did my colon resection (cancer was very low, in the sigmoid area), they took all of my intestines and organs out and laid them aside while they did my resection (5 hour surgery). Whatever was in the way of the area they needed to work on, they took out and laid them aside. Sometimes I wish they hadn't told me all of this! And try as they may they can't put you back exactly the way you were created. So all in all, physically I'll just never be the same as I once was.

But I am cancer free. So that's the good news. Haven't had even one benign colon polyp in over 10 years now. That's amazing to me!

Glad to hear you're getting the shot. If it were that easy for me to receive it, I'd take it. I'm just waiting until clinics are open to the general public.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


Dagger
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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you getting the shot for the regular seasonal flu? The H1N1 is no more dangerous than the regular flu. Tens of thousands of people die from complications of the regular seasonal flu, this one is no different.

The media hype over this flu has many people believing H1N1 is more dangerous than regular flu.

Marsky
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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's a flu story for you all:

In 1994 when my oldest child was 5, I came down with the flu. I was so incredibly sick. Her sister was 2. I was a stay at home mom, my husband worked 10 hour days. I had no choice from about 7 am until 6 pm to take care of my children, while I had a fever for 8 days, cough for 3 weeks, chills, aches, severe-severe headache. In the midst of this 3 week span, I saw my internist twice. He kept saying I should have had the flu shot but it was too late. This was in January. He told me to get one every fall and never skip one. I have had a seasonal flu shot each year/fall since then. Even when they were extremely scarce, I managed to find a Kroger pharmacy giving them out. Once I ditched my grocery cart when they announced over the PA they had about 15 vaccines available. A handful of shoppers hurried over with their sleeves already pulled up. LOL After that shot I couldn't remember where I left my grocery cart. This was about 4 or 5 years ago. Oh but I found it.......so I am in favor of always getting a seasonal shot. My internist also said after I recovered from that severe case of the flu in 1994, he was watching my progress carefully. He said I was a handful of his patients who almost ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. After he told me that I was scared for what could have happened. I had two little kids to raise.

So I will get the H1N1, but only when they have enough for the general population. I still would feel so guilty if a young pregnant woman didn't receive one if I took the last one while standing in line. Once my community tells the rest of us to line up, or make appts. I'll be there.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 11/29/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
It's worth noting that when I made that post, we all assumed H1N1 vaccines would be plentiful.

Ha!

My daughter's college and community requested 33,000 vaccines (student pop of 22,000 + staff, their families, etc.) but only received 800 vaccines.

It's to the point now where I'll be surprised if the vast number of orders requested by communities and college campuses across the country are filled.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


kim123
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I've read, the swine flu is being waaaay over-diagnosed... in some states up to 90% misdiagnosed cases. I have also read of pregnant people who got the vaccine who miscarried soon after. Coincidence? Dunno. But, I think the news of swine flu is blown out of proportion. I'd be more concerned with the added junk they're putting in the vaccine and having that shot into my body, than catching the flu itself. The vaccine hasn't been tested long enough for me to feel comfortable taking it. It is something you need to discuss with your doctor. Everyone is different with varying degrees of illness.

Marsky
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   Posted 11/30/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Both my college aged daughters are skeptical too and say the swine flu is just like the seasonal flu. Of course it's not possible for them to get the shots right now so it's a moot point.

Didn't we read recently where the swine flu has peaked? If that's the case, then newer diagnosed cases should be on the decline.

Both my daughters do not expect to get the shot now. It's just too difficult and random where, when and for how long they are offered.

That is so sad if the shot did cause pregnant woman to miscarry. These are the "facts" we never hear about do we?
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


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   Posted 12/12/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Excuse my ignorance BUT would there not be a warning for pregnant woman.....and if not could there not be repercussions although nothing will replace the babies lost...i ask out of pure reasons not being stupid lol..just ignorant to some facts of this...luvs lyn
                          
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Marsky
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I got my H1N1 flu shot today.

Suddenly, H1N1 shots were plentiful in my county (and nearby counties in Ohio). One of my college aged daughters got her H1N1 shot on her college campus but the other didn't fall into the high risk group so she didn't qualify. The remaining college aged daughter w/o one and I attended this clinic today. I thought if the lines were not too long and shots were plentiful, I'd get mine. The lines were SHORT and we were out of there in under 30 minutes. I could not believe it. I'm actually still in shock the entire clinic was as organized as it was. Compared to the horror stories of people camping out and waiting for hours. Sometimes to be turned away because the clinic ran out of vaccines.

Something must have changed within the CDC (manufacturing enough vaccines) or interest has waned.

So far no reaction other than a slightly sore arm (just like I felt after the seasonal flu shot).
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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