Another night of pain which painkillers hardly touched. Coconut milk curries were something I could tolerate reasonably well - at least until yesterday. Not only did I have the exact same meal a couple of months ago with far fewer problems, I didn't even finish my meal this time.
I need to book an appointment with my surgeon for after the MRI scan. I can't go on like this.
@scifigal - My aunt is pretty easy-going. She's already said I don't have to spend all my time with the family and can go off on my own, if I want. I'll also apparently have my own bedroom with an en suite bathroom. On the other hand do I really want to go on holiday and spend all my time in pain in Spain? I could take steroids and hope I haven't developed steroid resistance after all my time spent on pred in the past.
I'll check my emails soon.
@gumby - It was much better when the friend's husband was still alive. He seemed to be a moderating influence, but now he's gone, it's become painfully obvious that my mum and her friend have a toxic friendship built largely on lies and drink. Unfortunately I've got more hope of discovering a cure for Crohn's than of persuading them not to drink when I'm there. Alcohol is so embedded in my family and in the UK in general that it's extraordinarily easy for alcoholics to live in denial. They are just "enjoying" life, or whatever, no matter that they don't actually appear to be having any real fun in the slightest.
No, the only thing I can do is simply not go out to eat with them anymore. My mum - once she deigns to speak to me again - will pretend to accept this with pursed lips. She will then pretend at a later date I never said anything and the normal cycle of going out and her getting drunk will resume. I've always given in to be fair, because her drinking has become so utterly normalised it's a normal part of my life as well. Also, I suspect if I tried to lay down too firm boundaries, she would choose drinking over keeping in touch with me - almost positive of that.
"What part of Spain?" - Great question. And one I don't know the answer to >_>. Somewhere by the coast, that's all I can say. I think it's somewhere out of the way and not part of some touristy resort - at least I hope so. I should find out... :/
The friend is someone I've known for quite a few years now. We were internet friends at first, but have met up in real life a few times. Unfortunately she lives just that bit too far away for me to see her regularly. Neither of us have a lot of money and trains/petrol is expensive. But I'll try and drive down there pretty soon.
Dx Crohn's in summer of 2000. (Yay )
Tried and failed: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, various diets.
Had surgery Feb '13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy. First thing to put me into remission in 13 years.
Had second surgery 10th July '15 to reverse the stoma and connect the ileum to the rectum. Officially flaring again. The fun never begins.