Stress...just letting it out.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
So almost a month ago found out i will be out of a job *not just me but quite a few people* cutting expenses and such. Well i was diagnosed while at this job and so my boss knows of my condition and i can speak openly about it. I just had an offer wich i took for another company and i have decided not to disclose my health condition because i dont want people to judge me before they can see how i can perform.(but of course i have the nervousness about starting somewhere new out of my routine and what i am use too) 
I am also in night school which i do well at but i do spend a lot of time on(and i have exams or quizes every two weeks). With everything going on i think i have sent myself into a flare that i cant seem to get out of..i feel fine a few hours then horrible..sometimes i can go a whole day being good then the next day bad again.....
I also have my first colonoscopy in a few weeks and i am nervous and not sure what to expect i have gone in before but i dont think it wasnt covering as much. (cant think of the terminology) i am not sure if i am more concerned about the pain or what they may find. this is my first scope since being diagnosed and i want it to show improvement. Plus my hair is still falling out/feeling thin to me (which i think is due to the imuran) and i need to talk to my specialist about changing my med but my follow up appointment to my scope isnt until late april.
Any ideas on how to  calm down so maybe my guts will mellow out?? lol they say stress isn't a factor...i dont believe them:)
thank you all for taking a read, i am so happy i found this site and i am very grateful for all your support.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it is late here but I will try to give you some words of wisdom  :)

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, you  should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get tyour mind off of the problem. You  could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give you  a fresh perspective on things.

Try to  visualize a red stop sign in your  mind when you  encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, you  should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. You  can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. Focus on the present and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself.

Instead of focusing on doom, stay in the moment. Give yourself breathing space. Consider what matters to you. Establish a few manageable goals, then take small steps toward achieving them.

For a fresh perspective, get a good night's sleep. I know, that is not easy but things always look better in the daylight. smurf
Keep posting here as you are part of the HW family.


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   Posted 3/11/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt has some very good ideas. I would add that you can start to plan out your time management. For example: you know that you won't be able to do any studying or school work the day before and the day of your Colonoscopy, and possible the day after, so look at your class assinments and figure out what needs to be done when, so that you don't stress or fall behind because work isn't getting done. Will you need to refresh any skills or knowledge for your new job? If so then plot out some time to accomplish that. If you look at your calendar and all the things coming up, you can set yourself up a time table that will allow you to only stress about one thing at a time. Today is the day I set aside to do...., tomorrow is for... I find that once I am organized, my stress goes way down. And really, there is no point in worrying about a colonoscopy weeks in advance, it isn't like you can start the prep early!

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Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

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   Posted 3/12/2008 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I agree with Kitt and Suzanne. Try to relaxe and don't stress yourself out. We are here always for support. for you.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
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