I Left the House today!!!!

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ryleigh
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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,  Any of you that know me know that I do not leave the house unless to go to the doctor and someone else has to drive me..  Well today I drove my daughter 5 miles away from the house to a little store in town..  We were there about 10 min and we went home..  That may seem like a normal thing for some people.. But for me it is huge.. My daughter is 8 and when she got home she cried with me that I did it...  I was so proud of myself..  Then tonight I went out again.. She had a concert at school and my husband me and my two daughters went..  My husband was thrilled.. He could not believe that I was going.. This was a huge day for me.. Everyday I am going to try to do something that is hard for me to do..  Thanks so much for all your support..  It has made such a difference in my life..  I hope for a good day tommarow to... tongue

Ryleigh


pb4
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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I can totally relate to your excitement!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

I have crohns as well as IBS and I know EXACTLY where you're comming from...for basically 3 yrs I hardly left my house, even going into the yard to do some yard work was a huge challange for me...you know I had to sell my car, buy a minivan and one of those port-o-pots so I could finally leave my house...it's my security blanket and it helped me tons emotionally with the anxiety I had over leaving my house...something for you to consider maybe, it made a world of difference for me...I havn't even had to use the potty in about 2 yrs now.

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ryleigh
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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4,   Thanks so much for the reply..  My husband did buy me a moterhome which is great.. We travel in that.. We do have a van.. I guess I need to put a potty in the van to.. Anything to get out of the house!!!!  THanks again...

Ryleigh


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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Woohoo Ryleigh!!! What a big step for you... I'm glad to hear that you were able to do that. That is so sweet too that your daughter was so happy along with you. Big ((((HUGS))))
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/20/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful, Ryleigh. I am not familiar with your whole story but it sounds as if you are getting control. One day at a time.

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   Posted 3/20/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   

A big HOORAY for you!!!!!

Ryleigh, what a huge step forward.  Your 10 min outing might seem like little stepping stones, but they will lead you to bigger and better things.  Just believe and have faith in yourself…. You will get there.  I am so happy you had such a good day.  Your family is obviously ecstatic to have you venturing out with them… And to a concert!!!  We can only hope and pray with you that many more of these days are in your future.

We’re here to help you cross that bridge.  J

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pb4
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   Posted 3/20/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
It's always comforting to know others can relate completely to what you're going through isn't it...now sometimes when I'm driving and I see people other vans or motorhomes on the road I wonder if they have a similar set up as I do....it seems alot of people suffer with some kind of bowel problem(s), we just don't think of it as being so apparent likely because of having to focus on our own suffering...believe me I bet alot of people can relate to driving a minivan with a port-o-pot in the very back instead of the bench seat...I had to take my bench seat out and made sure that there were bucket seats behind the drivers seats in the front when I was van shopping.

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   Posted 3/20/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Right on, Ryleigh!  Hey, have you had a pooping party yet?  They are MOST entertaining and you don't even have to leave the house.  Your friends come over and every time you run to the bathroom to be a garden hose, they have to shotgun a beer.  devil

I am proud of you for getting out of the house.  Baby steps, like Lil said - 10 minutes today, maybe a 20-minute jaunt on Thursday!  It will be nice to feel the sunshine on your face!

ryleigh
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   Posted 3/21/2007 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much everyone... One day at a time...  I will have set backs but that is ok.. I went on that website that Canyonbabe told us about..  I looked up remoran..  Oh my god.. Now I am flipping out on taking it..  There were a few good comments..  Most people said they were so tired they could not function..  Also they said they were dizzy..  I want to try it buy I am affraid.. I also noticed that none of them were taking it for IBS/anxiety..  All  were for depression.. Now I don't know what to do..  PLease anyone with good feedback on remeron let me know!!  Thanks...

Ryleigh


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   Posted 3/21/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ryleigh,

I post on Crohn's but occassionaly lurk here because the symptoms are so similar. When my crohns got really bad I started getting severe anxiety and dreaded going anywhere for fear of an accident. I saw a crohnic illnees/pain management therapist once a week for a summer and it made all the difference in the world. Ill give you a few highlights here and if you want more info email me. I highly recommend seeing a therapist though! The first is to become comfortable in your head of what is your absolute worst case scenario. For me worst case scenario would be in a car full of friends, stuck in traffic, and pooping my pants. Ok, so what seriously would occur if that were to happen. Would the world blow up? No. I would be embarassed, mortified, grossed out. My friends might gag at the smell and be sick. They would feel bad for me and it would be uncomfortable. But we would leave, I would go home and shower, and pay to have my friend's car cleaned, and life would go on. Next step, how to avoid this situation or make it more comforting to myself. Step one was to take my own car and drive by myself, friends in the other car. Next I got comfortable taking routes that had lots of public bathrooms and not a lot of traffic. I got myself comfortable with the idea that if an emergency arose, I was alone, and would make it to a bathroom. Then for longer rides I started getting comfortable with the idea of pooping in the woods. It would suck, but life would go on. I would be myself in my car and no one would have to know. That lead me to venture out further. Then I became comfortable going out with people as long as I was the driver. Then there was no doubt that I could get off any exit I wanted or pull over whenever I needed to. I still get really panicky if I get stuck in traffic somewhere without woods, like in the middle of the city or on a bridge. But Ive never had to run into the woods, since I started this plan. It was just a safety net. I even had plastic bags in my car to poop in if I was stuck in traffic on a bridge. Im sure I couldnt pull it off, but it was there. And if you are all by yourself on your way somewhere and have an accident, you can go home shower, burn the clothes, and it is your secret. It felt so good to get my independence back. Here is one final big help for me. I took a piece of paper and folded it into multiple squares. I labeled one square "times I felt great and went out", one "times I felt crappy but went out and everything went great", one "times I went out, felt crappy, got sick, but did well and made it to a good bathroom", and finally "times I went out, got sick, and it just went horrable, total nightmare." I was amazed to see that I only had 2 total nightmares and maybe 2 times that I felt great from the get go. The long lists were that I was worried and feeling icky and it just went great or that I was worried, feeling icky, but found good bathrooms. Looking at that proved to me that I was traumatized by the couple bad experiences and really focused on them when in reality they were just as numerous as days I felt perfect. MOST of the time, things went great. So each time I did something I dreaded, and it went fine, I added it to my list. You are totally on your way to getting back out there. I guess I ended up telling you everything here but I really hope it helps.
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ryleigh
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   Posted 3/21/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy,  THank you so much for replying..  YOu really made me laugh.. THat is great.. You know you  are so right..  It is the fear of the fear..  What is really the worst that can happen??  Well that is gross but it probably would not happen..  My real fear is if I am with my kids.. They are little and that gets me really nervous..  Maybe I can get a therapist to come to the house to work with me.. ANyway thanks again.... tongue

Ryleigh

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