Anybody else this paranoid?

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   Posted 7/25/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
For the past few weeks, I have started noticing when someone sneezes or coughs in public, and does not cover it up.  It bothered me previously, but now, I get really irritated and I notice it more than I did before. 
I guess with being on immunosuppressive drugs, I worry more about getting sick.  Anyone else feel this way??  confused
I found out as well that a lady I work with and her husband have Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  I am hoping I had it as a child--I cannot afford to get sick right now!  And being immunosuppressed REALLY makes me wonder just what I could catch...

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   Posted 7/26/2008 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I just want you to know that you're not alone, and I understand your fears/concerns.  I work as an Occupational Therapist in a hospital! eyes    I am exposed to EVERYTHING, including c-diff, MRSA, etc.  I just take universal precautions.  I gown, glove, and mask when entering a patient's room with these diagnoses.  (We have to anyway.)  For all others, I wash my hands all of the time.  I also carry an anti-bacterial hand gel with me.  When I get home, I immediately take a shower.

As far as when I'm just "out and about,"  I make sure to turn the other way if someone coughs, never touch my face with my hands when in public, and use hand sanitizer until I get home and can wash my hands well. 

Blessings, Julie

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
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Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
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   Posted 7/26/2008 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I am the same way. I have a co worker who always seems to be sick. I finally told her to go to the DR, because I can not get sick and explained it to her. She still did not go. I told my boss and my boss had a talk with her and HR and she finally went to the DR. (my boss is preg.)

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   Posted 7/26/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes I am the same way.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
No Surgeries

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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought it was just me. I'm always afraid somethings going to happen. My grandkids live with me and it seems they always have a runny noises. I never feel good anyway, so I don't want to feel worse. Its funny I talked to my GI and told him since I started taking humira I was feeling better (I wasn't going 10-15 times a day) so he asked me if I went back to work. I haven't worked since march 06. Tried to get off the endocort and ran all day. But now I'm getting constipated , and I bloat like I'm 8 months along, and that can't happen. I'm always hurting, I don't need anything else on my plate. My question is if we do get something, does it get worse for us, or last longer ????

Dawn confused
49 Female
Dx June 07 Crohn's take asacol 2x3 a day , entcort 1x2 day ,lotrel for HBP , omeprezole for stomach , potassium , one a day crohn's & colitis therapy , calcium & Vit D , lomotil for lose stools , tramadol for pain , started humira in Feb 08
Dx Bipolar May 08

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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I know when I was on 6mp I had those same worries.  I wasn't obsessive about it, but I did take precautions, such as avoiding sick people and always washed my hands.  But I never got sick at all, and it was during the winter and I had sick people all around me sick with the flu.  I also always made sure I got a flu shot each year.  Actually still do and I haven't even had a cold in a longtime.  JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 7/26/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
You are so not alone. I've always had a problem with it, because it just seems like I catch things more easily, without or without Crohn's medications. But when I went on Pred, I became even more aware of the "germs" around me. LOL So far *knock on wood* I've been healthy this year though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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