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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive currently been off work for 2 months, I was recovering from my bowel resection, then I developed a lovely abcess that required them to give me a wound vac...So its been a while. Im definitely out of the loop at work, and Im going back on one of the busiest days of the year, the sunday before Thanksgiving (I work in a grocery store).  Im starting to get a little anxiety, and I already feel my stomach turning.  I'm kinda nervous about eating lunch, and having to stand all day...I was thinking I would just skip lunch, but I dont want my body to be weak from not standing on my feet all day every day like I used to...I dont want to pass out or anything.  Im also hoping I dont run into any rude, nasty customers which is pretty much inevitable in my work, especially around this time of year.  I working an early shift on the day I go back, which means I'm going to have to wake up extra early to make sure everything is "ok" because my tummy loves to act up when I first wake up; I go to the bathroom a good 3-5 times within the first 2 hours after Ive woken up, then it slowly calms down once Ive taken my meds. I think Im going to take a nice long walk tonight and see how that goes and how tired I get.  Im so grateful the girls in my department are so understanding and patient with me,  I know I never have to explain to them why I come back from my break 5 mins late (because Im in the bathroom) OR why I was gone for 20 mins when I tell them Im going to the bathroom,  I honestly dont know where I would be without them, they are like my second family. Im so excited to go back, sitting around my house for the last 2 months has really thrown me into a depression, and Ive lost a lot of my self-worth, not that my life revolves around a grocery store, but I take a lot of pride into what I do, and I love working...My GI actually wanted me to go on disability and I told him theres no way in hell I would do that until my body litterally couldnt do it anymore, I'm only 22 geez!  OK thats enough of my ranting, but seriously...any advice would be great!!
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 5mg Pred (tapering), Nexium, B12 injections.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I know you are worried, you will do just fine. Try to relax, the more you worry about it the worse you might feel. Stress seems to aggravate my symptoms. Try to eat a bland diet, maybe have some Imodium on had if you can take it.

You can do it. I have done it recently twice and starting new jobs sucks but I survived and so can you


good luck



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica



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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on going to back to work (I think!). I think you are going to do fine. I always have the same worries when I have been out, but when I go back it is so nice to see my friends and coworkers again and also you are busier and don't have time to worry about what might go wrong.

I love working, it helps me to take my focus off myself and to be able to focus on something else. As far as eating you should try to eat little safe snacks every couple of hours. That will help you keep your energy up. Maybe you could take some Ensure or Boost to drink in case you get to busy. Try to stick to your safe foods while at work. That seems to work for me.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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