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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/6/2018 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks, just a weekend update :p

The group has continued to go well and for the first time I'm starting to feel a bit better within myself. I saw a doctor yesterday. She was nice - far more helpful than the useless psychiatrist I had on the psychiatric ward. For example, I said I was unhappy that they hadn't done a med review and she explained the possible reasons why they wouldn't have changed my medication. It basically boils down to UK doctors apparently being way more cautious than their US counterparts in this regard: I go over to the Depression board and most people there seem to be on 2 or 3 psychiatric meds at a time. Meanwhile, here they won't even raise my duloxetine to 90mg in case they need that option for a rainy day (i.e. I go nuts again).

The day hospital typically runs for 1-3 weeks, so I'll be going in next week at least but not necessarily the week after that. I expressed my anxiety about relapsing after being discharged and the doctor seemed to understand and take it on board. The nurse who was with her was also lovely. She mentioned bereavement counselling for the first time and asked if I would be interested - I said yes. Also talked about the possibility of doing volunteer work and attending something called the Recovery College, which offers short courses in things like managing depression and whatnot.

So for the first time in god knows how long I'm very slightly hopeful that things can get better. However I don't like talking about it too much or thinking about the future too much, because then I start to get overwhelmed, which in turn leads to anxiety which in turn leads to gloom and pessimism. I can only take so much reality at a time.

Just started watching Stranger Things on Netflix. That's a good sign in itself, as before I had no interest in TV, reading, or anything beyond slightly obsessively playing a particular mobile phone game (no, not Candy Crush Saga - Geometry Dash, if you must know >.> It was the only thing capable of blocking my thoughts for a while.)
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

straydog
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   Posted 1/6/2018 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
NCOT, good morning. I am glad you hung in there with this group even though it is short term. It gets you out of your apt & around people. Is there a chance you can attend a third week there? Even people you really don't want any part of, at least its something. The bereavement counseling sounds like it may have some potential. If you were not given enough info about it, I would press to get it from the nurse. My thoughts NCOT, take everything a day at a time, right now it's just too overwhelming. Granted, I am much older than you, but I just have to take things a day at a time or else I get overwhelmed & just can't handle it.

When I first was put on an antidepressant, it was my PCP that rx'd it with the condition that I see a psychologist. He gave me the name of a lady & that was probably the best thing he could have ever done for me. I was not thrilled with the idea at all but agreed to give it a go. The first few visits were strained to put it mildly. It ended up being a very positive experience for me.

Hang in there.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 1/6/2018 8:53:14 AM (GMT-7)


gumby44
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   Posted 1/6/2018 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad you are doing better and finally getting some help. I think the bereavement group and the day group will be helpful. I'm still recovering from my bronchitis...had to go on steroids because I was coughing up blood, but I think I'm doing a bit better. The relatives are finally all gone....had fun but was exhausted and sick the entire time, which was frustrating. I'll keep looking for your posts and glad you are doing well
59 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.

Poppie
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   Posted 1/8/2018 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That all sounds more positive..good for you.!
Samantha
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!

clo2014
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   Posted 1/8/2018 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
NCOT,

I have been thinking of you. I hope things have continued to improve. Like Straydog said....take it a day at a time. Sometimes...for me...even the thought of a day is sometimes overwhelming and I have to go minute by minute.

I live out in the country and for the last month...every afternoon..a flock of robins comes flying in. I don't put down bird food...but...apparently we have something in the field they love to eat. They stay a couple hours. Today we counted 200 of them. It amazes me. Those quiet moments watching the birds...nature..sometimes they are so calming and uplifting.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there my friend.

Clo
06/12-07/14 symptoms start, no diagnosis.12/14 diagnosed UC & diverticulitis. 01/15 hosp- fistulas, DX changed to Crohns, 02/15 developed new skin rashes, eye problems and painful joints 06/15 Hosp.2x again.. new specialist.Said was worse case he's seen. 7/16 hosp 5mm Stricture stricturplasty to 15 mm.09/16 colostomy. Meds: Remicade, methtrexate, prednison,folic acid, vit D, calcium, pro biotic,

iPoop
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   Posted 1/9/2018 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Stranger Things on Netflix is a great binge-watch, and I hope you enjoy it! Not sure which season you're on? The first was the best. Second season was good but not quite as good.

Glad you're feeling a bit better. There's no instant-gratification to get you out of a depression and loss of a sibling. Rather, it's a long journey to being full well and over it all. Take small steps at-a-time, and try to remain optimistic. It sounds like you are on the path to getting better and have reason to be hopeful. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your solution. Just stick with it!
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straydog
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   Posted 1/10/2018 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
NCOT, how about an update, we are thinking about you.
Susie
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/10/2018 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey straydog. I'm severely sleep deprived but I'll do my best.

Things are tentatively okay: I've not had another mental breakdown yet >_>. I'm still at the day hospital and finding it a lot more helpful than the psychiatric ward. I actually talk to people here: compared to last week I've become more open about talking to the group. We also do a bit of group of therapy every day, e.g. sessions on anxiety, depression, assertiveness, creative writing, relaxation, setting goals. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of CBT, which is what most of the group therapy is: if we were capable of positive thinking no matter what our external circumstances were, none of us would be in a mental hospital. But sometimes the sessions lead to having a genuinely interesting group discussion, which is worth joining in with.

Haven't had an end date set yet, but one woman left today and another is leaving on Friday. The one who is leaving on Friday was really upset by it: she doesn't want to go. I'll be sorry to see her go as well, as I like her.

Also went back to my garden place on Monday: hadn't been there for a few weeks. Bit nervous about going back, but it went well and it was kind of nice to see the place again. I've been invited to join a woman-only Wednesday session, which is more arts and craft than gardening: I've accepted, but have to see about funding first.

So yeah, apart from sleep everything is going okay so far. But my sleep is dire; I'm getting no more than 4-5 hours a night and last night I couldn't have had more than 1-2 hours sleep. I'm okay at the day hospital, but when I come home I feel shattered and lie on the sofa all afternoon. Think I'll take a sleeping pill tonight, I'm that desperate to catch up on some sleep: I have a small number of zoplicone saved up. My GP probably won't replace them when I run out :-/

Also going to re-apply for PIP (a disability benefit). I was in the process of appealing the decision to stop my PIP, but my friend said I should let them know my condition has worsened, which apparently means applying all over again. My heart sank at the thought but apparently I might be able to skip the face-to-face assessment: I hope so. Gonna get in touch with an advocacy organisation as well. And, hopefully, a bereavement organisation...

Still not heard from my family or been in touch with them, but that's probably obvious from the fact I haven't mentioned them until now :-/

@iPoop - Still the first season. It's a shame to hear the second season isn't as good, but that's so often the way tbh. Still it might pick up again in the third.

Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 1/10/2018 3:25:19 PM (GMT-7)


gumby44
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   Posted 1/10/2018 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You are a rock star! I'm so glad that you are opening up in group and willing to try new things like the women's crafts group. I'm hoping each day gets a little easier. Thanks for the update and I hope you can get some sleep!

I've been struggling with sleep too. I've been taking this cough medicine with codeine because my bronchitis doesn't seem to want to go away. It works very well for my cough, but I think it's having a weird reverse effect and keeping me up, while also making my constipation pretty bad. I'm going to try to stop taking it even if it means coughing more. I'm exhausted and back at work....feels like I'm walking around in the middle of the night. Take good care!!

scifigal2k
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   Posted 1/10/2018 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry the woman you liked has to leave. What if you were to ask her to keep in touch outside of the hospital? Maybe even meet up once a week for lunch or something even? It might be really nice for her, too, since she is upset that she has to leave.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

straydog
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   Posted 1/11/2018 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
NCOT, I am glad to read things are going better in the group. I agree with you, this group setting appears to be more beneficial for you than the inpatient facility. But, had you not gone inpatient, you would not have had the opportunity to participate in the group, so it wasn't a complete wash I suppose. It's too bad Friday will be this lady's last day. I think Scifi has a great idea of perhaps exchanging phone numbers with her & perhaps you can keep in contact, meet her for lunch or coffee/tea somewhere. She may not have outside contact with people either, something to consider.

The garden place sounds interesting to me. I enjoy plants & flowers but I cut way back years ago. Anything I plant here must be heat tolerant. In my younger years my backyard was so pretty. I had lots of hanging baskets on the fence & patio, & banana trees. It was really tropical looking. Now, I cannot handle the heat like before & I am not physically able to care for that many plants. Flowers could not be planted in a bed, my dog always dug them up, so it was hanging baskets & decent size planters.

My dog woke me up at 4:00 this morning, ugh, it will be a long day for me. Once I am up there is no going back to bed. I just saw our local weather, between noon & 8:00pm we will have rain/snow showers. Our temps will plunge below freezing which will mean ice!! Right now its 57 out, this will be our warmest temp for the day. Body shops love this weather because it will be like bumper cars on the roads.

Since you have limited meds for sleep, is it possible to cut them in half if they are not time released? We have had a crack down with drs rxing sleeping meds. A friend of mine had been taking them for 13 years every night. Last yr she went in to see her dr & was cut off, cold turkey. The dr told her you have been on these far too long!! She tried several OTC things & nothing worked. She tried Tylenol PM-Sleep Time, without Tylenol in it & she said it worked, she was shocked. I also bought it & it worked for me. I only took it for 10 days & it turned my internal clock around. I had been sleep deprived for years. If, I was lucky I would sleep 4 hours per night. I did not nap during the day, I cannot sleep knowing its daylight out, lol. I had been doing this for so many years I had become use to it, it was my norm, but I was so tired. I wish you could find something like this to try, very inexpensive too.

For sure re-apply for the PIP. I do remember when they cut you off of it, idiots. Did the nurse at in-patient give you any contact info for the bereavement program? I am not sure how it works there but here some of the hospitals offer it free. I had a friend that attended a free one for families. Her 13 yr old daughter passed due to diabetes that was discovered too late. Just don't overwhelm yourself trying to do it all in one day.

Keep us posted.
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Poppie
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   Posted 1/11/2018 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
scifigal2k said...
I'm sorry the woman you liked has to leave. What if you were to ask her to keep in touch outside of the hospital? Maybe even meet up once a week for lunch or something even? It might be really nice for her, too, since she is upset that she has to leave.



Excellent idea!
Samantha
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/12/2018 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

My hours are being reduced next week, along with two other people: we're only going in Tuesday and Thursday and then that will be our last week. Bit of a blow, but I was half expecting it tbh - knew I wouldn't have longer than a week left at best.

I cried at the end of the session today. Somewhat unhelpfully, the woman sat next to me implored me "don't cry" and "don't be upset" - I just had my face buried in my hands and was crying quietly, I was hardly wailing and screaming. Anyway, somebody fetched someone for me and I had a chat with her about what was bothering me. I felt a bit stupid, but it did help. Firstly, I felt bad about the departure of the woman I liked. We said goodbye to each other, but no, I didn't suggest meeting up for a coffee. I just thought if she didn't want to do it, then it would be awkward and embarrassing for both of us. Secondly, this guy was inviting a new woman to phone him to go for a walk and I guess I wanted to be invited along too (we'd been discussing going walking earlier on in the group). Needless to say I wasn't and once again I felt it would be an imposition to even ask.

I started to feel really down and once everyone had left apart from me and one other woman (the one who implored me not to cry!), I began to cry. The two innocuous exchanges had triggered my lifelong insecurity over feeling like I was weird and didn't know how to make friends with people or socially interact with them - I'm hypersensitive to other people thinking I'm boring or weird. All fortnight I've managed to brush aside the insecure feelings and not give into them, but today was a stretch too far.

Anyway, the staff member I spoke to was very nice about it and I felt a bit better afterwards. Still no idea how to make new friends but hopefully I can find some sh!t to do to fill up my days with. I've finally managed to make an appointment with my GP for next Friday - my birthday. At least that way I will have one person in real life to wish me a happy birthday... >_>.

clo2014
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   Posted 1/13/2018 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh NCOT...

I so wished we all lived close to one another. I too suffer from those feelings of not measuring up and the inability to make friends. It is so difficult.

Maybe during your next session you can reach out and get some email addresses or phone numbers? Sometimes people have to start with that and work their way up...and please remember...the people that are in the session with you probably are having the same difficulties.....

Hang in there!

Clo
06/12-07/14 symptoms start, no diagnosis.12/14 diagnosed UC & diverticulitis. 01/15 hosp- fistulas, DX changed to Crohns, 02/15 developed new skin rashes, eye problems and painful joints 06/15 Hosp.2x again.. new specialist.Said was worse case he's seen. 7/16 hosp 5mm Stricture stricturplasty to 15 mm.09/16 colostomy. Meds: Remicade, methtrexate, prednison,folic acid, vit D, calcium, pro biotic,

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/13/2018 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Clo.

By coincidence I happened to stumble across this yesterday.

/www.psychologytoday.com/blog/choke/201203/dealing-the-pain-social-exclusion

Apparently those who took 500mg paracetamol twice a day for 3 weeks had decreased feelings of social pain compared to those who took a placebo. So I took my first paracetamol this morning - yes,
I'm giving it a go <_<.

straydog
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   Posted 1/13/2018 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
NCOT, its ok that you cried. The lady that asked you not to cry, maybe she is one that can't handle it when someone cries. If I am around someone crying the odds are pretty good I will cry.

I don't know just a thought, if you see someone there you might like to meet for coffee or lunch, think about this, write your phone number down & hand it to them. Just say here is my number, call me some time if you would like to just get out & have coffee. You are not directly saying lets have a meet up on a certain day. A lot of people have a very difficult time being the first one to make a move.

Perhaps this week you can check on some free grief counseling places. Your mental health there is basically nil. Its pretty much the same in the states, if you have money to spend or great insurance, you are pretty much on your own.

Try to get out of the apt today & go for a walk. Its cold here this morning but I have been outside sweeping up some leaves. I thought most of my leaves were gone until we had 40 mph winds Thursday. A front blew through & we actually saw small snow flakes for about 10 minutes. At least they are off the patio & I got some sunshine, lol.
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scifigal2k
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   Posted 1/13/2018 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing I try to think of is that they might be in the same boat I am - she could have walked away feeling sad that you didn't invite her, if that makes sense. But I like @straydog's idea about having a paper with your number to give her.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

Poppie
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   Posted 1/13/2018 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you think you could put your details in a card and give it to a member of staff and ask them to post it to her? You could say you got destracted by someone else when she was leaving, which sounds like the truth anyway. I think that women will be pleased to hear from you.
Samantha
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/14/2018 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My stomach has been a disaster zone all weekend, folks :-/ Wondering if I have a mild stomach bug or if it's Crohn's just doing its thing. Having an Entyvio infusion on Tuesday so maybe that will settle things down again.

@Papancha - I'm glad your son is doing better! What is the name of your son's medication if you don't mind me asking? If it's available in the UK I might ask my GP about it.

@straydog - Yeah, giving my telephone number might be an easier thing to do in future. I think that's a good idea. I didn't get out yesterday, but I'm going to go out today - I'll just go for a little walk along the canal and then into Waitrose cafe for a cup of coffee and a read of the Sunday papers.

@Poppie - Nah, I'm too embarrassed to do that >.> There is a possibility I might see her again at some point anyway: I told her about a couple of things I was going to do and she seemed interested in both, so perhaps I might see her at one or the other.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/14/2018 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Papancha. I googled it. It is available in the UK but only licensed for the treatment of schizophrenia. So yeah, the chances of my GP going for that are zero I'm afraid. Maybe in a few years I can try it... :-/

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   Posted 1/15/2018 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just thinking if you would like to get away for a holiday, please feel free to contact me. I talked with my daughter (she's 30) last night, and she has a nice little two-roomed place here in Costa Rica, in a lovely enclosed condominium, with a shared communal pool. You would be very welcome to stay with her for a couple of weeks, and I live very close by so we could hook up. I do however realise that you are probably not really well enough to travel at the moment, but it is something to think about for perhaps later on in the year. I would like to meet you, and I think you would find the sun and the beaches here really great, so if you can travel later in the year, I promise you would have a lovely time, and you would be well looked after that I can promise you.
Samantha
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 1/15/2018 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Poppie. That's an amazing offer - thank you! I haven't been on holiday for so long and a trip to Costa Rica sounds fantastic. I'd love to see the rainforest :D My main worry is money but luckily a frugal lifestyle, and saving up most of my disability money when I was still getting it, means I have a (small) nest egg to fall back on. I would genuinely be interested. Though I must warn you I'm pretty quiet in person... >.>

Anyhow I went to Lindengate (my gardening place) today and, after an iffy start, enjoyed it. I think the iffy start was because after dreaming about zombies for what seemed like hours, I resembled a zombie myself minus the flesh-eating tendencies. It was proper scary: every time I began to think it was safe new zombies would appear and the terror would start up all over again. Funny thing is, I haven't even watched or read anything to do with zombies for yonks.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

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   Posted 1/15/2018 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Great! You will only need your flight money and money for food once out here. We could all go to the Beach for a week (its super cheap at the beach) with Sam my daughter. Manuel Antonio is the place to visit. It has an amazing rainforest to explore and then we could head back to Sams place. Sams place is small and rustic with a wonderful pool area for people to relax and chill out.

I am quite reserved myself but I don't think it will be a problem as Sam will be with us chatting away lol!

As soon as you feel you want to come out you let me know...having something to look forward to is important.

I was also thinking how wonderful it would be if Kara could come too (nssg) If she is interested I might be able to get the place for both of you and Sam could stay with me. That would mean a week at the beach first and then a week staying at my daughter's place....I live near San Jose, which is the capital of Costa Rica, it is a little place called Santa Ana thirty minutes outside of the city.

Hahaha just ideas re Kara but it would be lovely.

Glad your getting out and about.
Samantha
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!

straydog
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   Posted 1/15/2018 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Costa Rica sounds absolutely fabulous, I want to go lol. I have seen many travel brochures about it & some shows on the travel channel. NCOT, I sure hope you can make this trip sometime this year.

The all ladies gardening, is this something they will continue doing once a week? Even if they don't I hope you will continue to go & check it out. You are making progress!!

Take care.
Susie
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gumby44
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   Posted 1/15/2018 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
What an awesome offer! NCOT, I hope you can go!! My kids have both done semesters abroad in Costa Rica and they have returned to visit. I've never been there but I hear it's great and I think it would be very therapeutic for you! Poppie what a kind thing to do!!!
59 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.
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