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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everybody that posted a few days ago. I really needed it. I took some time out. Taking it day by day.

I did get a lawyer on board if anything to muddle through the complications.

My hand? Smashed in industrial refrigerator. Yes painful as it sounds it will never work right again.
Takes awhile to post & was my bread and butter. Worst part a cruel twist of fate it was my right hand and
we all know out here what we use our good hand for. : > BIG ADJUSTMENT LOL

I have learned that at-will employment employers are at will to do what they want to you : > LOL Not much
I can do but get a new job. I was stuck in that job anyways with nowhere to go.

Crohns update - Went to Dr dropped another 12 lbs - white stools - side pain bleeding - staying w/prednisone
for now. Low grade fever but the blood work and other tests look normal?

Budgeting: I learned a thrifty meal is going to grocery on Saturday and having a sample lunch One down: >
Do we have a budget post out here?

Thanks again - Sorry little long.
Diagnosed 2004 - Chrohns and UC - Currently on 30 MG Prednizone.
Multiple chronic illnesses (Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Tinitis, Allergic to medications and other things.

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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Lucky))) take care of yourself a step at a time.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission

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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Best of luck with getting some financial help .I guess you will have to join the lefties like me. Writing must be difficult with a pen ,is the hand getting any better? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 11/14/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((Lucky)))))))))) sorry you are going thru all of this.
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   Posted 11/14/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
And just think of all the fun and dexterity you'll gain in your left hand while your right heals. :-P
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2007.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

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   Posted 11/14/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry about your hand...I hope it heals quickly and you find a new job you enjoy :)
White stools though..maybe I haven't been paying attention in your other posts but you don't have Celiac's Disease do you?
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
eeks - my mind was in the gutter thinking about what you use your good hand for!! Now I realized you probably meant wiping lol!! I hadn't responded yet because I really wanted to think about my answer. Please remember that I am just a student but I would recommend you pepper your lawyer with some more questions. Like - ok yes, at-will employers can hire you and fire you at any time - but it must be for a legal reason right? Like just because I am with an at-will employer does not mean they would get to violate the ADA, FMLA, or the civil rights act for example. Even an "at-will" employer couldn't say I decided I didn't want a black employee, or a female employee, so I fired him/her. So yes, it is a lot easier for an at-will employer to fire you but I would bet if you could show it was motivated by your worker comp claim or your FMLA then it could still be an illegal firing. Getting a new job is probably the quickest way to get back on track but I'd push your lawyer a little more or see a new one!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 11/16/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   

At Will employers may let anyone go at anytime for no reason at all. They don't even have to give a reason. I'm sure they didn't tell you it had anything to do with your medical situation, right? That would be highly illegal.

My husband was let go from a job years ago because he was a 'whistleblower' lol. Whatever the reason was that they gave him, forget what it was, made no sense. We did get an attorney and went back and forth with the company and were able to get a little 'something' out of them.

Turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened. The previous employer had a pay freeze and kept increasing the out of pocket amount for insurance, etc. Currently, my husband is making almost ten bucks an hour more and all of our health/vision/dental benefits, along with annuity, and retirement fund, are completely paid for by his employer now. yeah

When one door closes, another one opens.

Take care,



jill in ca
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   Posted 11/16/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, what a lot to deal with...Not sure where you are located, but Albertsons has been having crazy sales on things you buy a lot of.  Also, I am not sure if you are on any specific diet, but I am doing no wheat/dairy, so I have started buying a rotisserie chicken or turkey breast cooked in the deli section, along with 3 or 5 bean salad (or make it if I have time).  I have tupperware I put together several days of meals together at one time, so it saves time and money.  When you put the beans together with the protein, it keeps it moist.  I also just started slicing up citrus fruits and putting them in a jug in the fridge with filtered water.  That way you have a flavored water without paying for bottle water or having extra sugars you dont need.
I am out on disability for the first time ever bc of this disease.  A great tip a friend gave me was to rent a tv series from the begining to help rest and pass the time.  I am ashamed to admit the guilty pleasures I chose (all marketed to teens I am sure!) but its better than watching daytime tv and depressing news.
Another budgeting tip, I called all my utlilty vendors (especially those with competition like cable and cellular) to see if there were any promos or discounts they could add.  If you get a compassionate person you may get a little break on a few things there.
Good luck...  Jill in CA  (where the whole state seems to be on fire by the way.  Hard to get in a walk when you are not supposed to go outside AT ALL!)
Diagnosed with CD in 2004.  Currently taking Pentasa, Entocort, probiotics, fish oil, ultra inflamx powder.  Dairy and wheat free diet.  Only struggling now with fevers, everyday!  No surgeries yet.  Tried Mp6-gave me joint pain/tried remicade-gave me pneumonia

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