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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
We all know how wonderful our immune systems are. Well, everyone at my work comes in and gets me sick because I'm working on their computers.

Well, someone -- or more then one -- went to my boss up in Ohio and told him I was missing work all the time. That just peeves the crud outta me. If I do end up at home close to my "facilities" I always throw up my PC phone (my desk phone on my computer) and my email and my work IM and tend to my users off the clock.

I'm so darn mad right now. This makes me want to go find another job... and I really like working there.

Thanks for letting me vent. This is the only place I can ***** and moan about my CD.

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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   

I recently went through a bunch of crap with my coworkers as well. I've had a lot of absences (covered by FMLA so they don't count against me) and my coworkers decided to not talk to me to punish me.

People just don't understand, but I understand your frustration!

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed

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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow I am sorry you both had to deal with that crap. I have a lady that I consider a friend these days, but I can remember a time that she would complain about my absenses to my supervisor. Then I had to have the emergency resection and six months later a liver resection, and now she gets it and is more understanding. Its pretty bad when you have to have a emergency surgery for people to finally understand you really are sick. I try to bite the bullett these days and go in even when I am feeling bad (mainly worried about layoffs and them chosing me becuz of missed time), but many have learned to read me and will come up to me and say "You are hurting aren't you, why don't you go home". What a difference than before.

So sorry for the lack of understanding and agree with Becky we do understand your frustration.

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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Send your boss to this site for an eye opener. That is really ignorant of your co-workers but they just don't get it. I feel your frustration big time as I was layed off due to this disease and my run of off days with severe flare for a while. My goals is to adapt and survive and be happy so that's what I will try to keep

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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Put a note up on the bulletin board, to whom it may concern , and let them know what a bunch of A holes they are. I would say what I said here too about working from home and next time someone needs help with their computer ,,pull out the disinfecting wipes and clean the keyboard, and then say , one cant be too careful with all the back stabbers that work here one cant be getting sick......
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 3/28/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
you can buy cheapo isopropal alcohol wipes -- tell them you're cleaning off their keys and they'll think you're doing them a favor!! I used to work late nights in a trading room, if I didn't wipe off all the phones, I'd have been sick ALL the time!!

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   Posted 3/28/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok guy's this is going to be tough for me but here we go...
I've had Crohns since 1981, and been in the hospital a couple of times...
I take 30 or so pills a day, do Remicade every 8 weeks, poke myself once a week
with b-12...When co-workers call in sick it bothers me.
When its busy they call in sick.
On fridays they call in sick.
When they have D they call in sick.
The flu... one week off...
Now a co- worker is off for week number 9...
And there is no communication ...We cannot talk because of fmla...
The bad egg's ruin it for the really truly sick ones...
I'm sorry guys...I know if you could work you would...
I'm sick and tired of the slackers...They want money,for no work, while I barf in the garbage can...
Crohnies are strong, slackers weak...
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
Entocort, 6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remacade.
d since 1981(enjoy the look
on Dr's faces)

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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with PillPopper. And Janice.

I mostly stay at home, except for shopping trips (wash hands) and taking my husband lunch at his work (only 2mi away). Everyone he works with (les than a dozen people, half have children ranging from babies to teens) and if one of them are sick, they say hello to me and right away tell me to keep their distance because of them or their children not feeling well. My husband has come home sick, and I do not know HOW I've managed not to catch anything, but when he isn't feeling well, he is VERY concerned about me.
We use Clorox Wipes quite a bit; handles, door knobs, phones, steering wheels and such...

I really believe that because we are faithful and consistent with the disinfecting, that is the reason I've been able to remain so healthy while on immuno-suppressants.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys.

I will be going into work no matter what. I think I will just put post-it notes on my door "in bathroom - brb" or "in bathroom - email me it may be a while".

I will start taking more vitamins and use extra hand sanitizer as well. This is shiiiiiff. The office manager there seemed so nice when I started and told me it wouldn't be a problem, just to let her know when I am out... funny how it's not a problem until "it's a problem".

I work 45 - 50 hours each week on salary. I never end up even using paid time off due to how many hours I work already and our "flex policy."

Yep, also, going forward, I think when I am at home that I will no longer take emails, calls and IMs. I mean if I am going to be out sick, I might as well be sick and non-responsive... let them sit on their issues for until the next day.

Thanks for letting me vent. I can't vent on facebook or myspace due to all the friends from work... like my boss' boss - lol.

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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
smhair  Sorry to hear your having a hard time at work and to top things of your not suppose to be under any stress which clearly they are not helping matters for you,but if i was you i would speak to your boss explain your condition maybe they will be a little more understanding,if that dont work i would try to find a job that is easier on you phyically and mentally to me your kind of living my dream i want to work doing what i love i am a phychologist but do to my disease i am now living away below my means on a diability so stay focused and do what ever is easiest for you, you desire to be treated with the same as you treat others if that dont change get out of the situation.I hope that helped a little i will pray for you good luck i see great things right around the corner for you tongue My e-mail address is as followed if ya want to have a private chat sometime and of course here i am onthecan. Good luck i hope to hear from you soon i dont know the time differance between us but here its 9:30pm. Your new Cronhes buddy Jenn. cool

Texan with Crohn's
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jenn.

I love this job... well, I did until Friday. I am now rather stressed. I am afraid to let them know how sick I REALLY have been because I don't want to be a liability rather than an asset. Since my last ER visit I haven't been great. It is a double-edged sword alright. You tell 'em how sick you can go either way, good that they know and they are understanding; bad that they know and you are out of a job. Been wrestling with it all weekend and now I'm off food once again... stress always throws me into a flare.

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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
nono  You know that they can be held resonsible legally if they fire you its discrimination, do they know anything about your condition if so dont worry if your not missing lots of time and if you do get a doctors excuse i am almost 100% sure there is nothing they can do to you. If the job is getting to stressfull and you feel you cant work right now there is disabilites out there for us,your doing your best but you cant get all stressed out cause that is only going to make you sick.Talk to ya soon. Good luck i hope that helps a little. Your buddy Jenn. onthecan or e-mail me sometimes i dont respond right away but i will get back to you.

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