I have a new hobby, Crohns give anyone else something positive?

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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.. I am excited this morning. I have been taking prednisone and continue to experience insomnia. about 2 weeks ago I decided I needed a new hobby as I was up till 3 or 4 am every morning with insomnia. So I went to the craft store and read about making glass beaded bracelets ! I have been a little facotry since then .. its so relaxing, creative and fun.  Well my husband just called me from work as he took them to work today and he was at work for 12 minutes and had sold 6 of them already ! Finally .. something fun and positive I have to say prednisone led me to !! Also today is my first day to taper to 40 mg .. what a good morning.. anyone else have something good to report? Hope so ..
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 50mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ...  :(

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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you!!!!!   That is great!

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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have my hobbies because of my CD, but it does help me when I feel down to go and do my hobbies. I have to have 3 to keep me interested. I bowl - good exercise, I bead - but I don't wear jewelry anymore, I think it is funny and I scrapbook - all about my daughter, but I love the tools. But it gives me something to think about other than me.

Good luck and I love those handmade glass beads.
Red (Lee Ann)
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know if this qualifies as a hobby, but I'm an animal lover - 4 dogs (2 boxers, 1 English bulldog and 1 Yorkie), 5 cats, 1 bird and 2 large, fresh-water fish tanks.   I love taking care of the fish tanks, for some reason.  I find it very rewarding and relaxing. 

Taking care of the animals helps keep me motivated and, of course, they give you that good old unconditional love in return.   I have 2 cats, in particular, that seem to know when I don't feel well and they will both lay on my abdomen (at the same time) and their body heat and purring feels great.

I remember seeing a show once on working dogs and one woman had a 'Crohn's dog' that layed on her stomach and she swore by it....she took the dog everywhere and claimed it was better than any drug she'd ever had.

DX: mild to moderate Crohn's for 34 years
Additional benefits: chronic anemia, B12 deficient, peripheral neuropathy, facial mylagsia, joint pain, underactive thyriod
Current meds: Colozal, Nexium, Entocort, Flagyl, steriod cream, monthly B12 injections, Neurontin, Synthroid, Effexor ER, pain meds as needed

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   Posted 11/29/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   

I think hobbies are very important. I feel so refreshed after I sew something and it takes my mind off all my problems because I am focusing on my project.




Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 11/29/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
it all way's helps to have something to take our minds off of our problems.i have been doing craft's for the last four years now.I make Angles out of shot gun shells and I sell them.It sure pass time fast when you can focus on something other than this disease.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I too find myself working on hobbies when i am awake in the early am hours...Ive been making stained glass stepping stones for a few years now and it helps pass the time....

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   Posted 12/3/2007 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Well since being hospitalized a few times this fall I have been quite entertained by puzzles (yes the old fashion kind) and crossword puzzles. I generally am watching a movie at the same time, but between these two activities it passes the time quite well while in the hospital or in pain. Good times!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: 20mg Prednisone, 9mg Entocort, 400mg Remicade, 50mg 6-MP, 40mg Prilosec, 1mg Folic Acid, 5/325 Percocet.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Looking at resection surgery this year.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am glad you found a hobby that makes you so happy.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 12/3/2007 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I play world of warcraft, and pick flowers. Let me re-phrase that, I pick flowers on World of Warcraft! :) While all my friends are leveling up, I walk around and pick flowers. :)
Diagnosed CD in Dec 06'
Currently on: Humira, Yasmin (9 week intervals), multivitamin, calcium +D & magnesium

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   Posted 12/3/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I took up an interest in birds I have 2 new bird houses and have started collecting stuff to make there little feeding area more attractive. I am learning more about them and the different kinds. Also on the lookout for bird fedders .The one my teen and I made is very simple but works good. I find they give me an added interest and are quickly becoming my little friends .I am amazed at the different types I have already and am glad they have become regular little feeders and a part of my life. They help the days go by better and are very peaceful to watch. lol gail

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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago when my Crohn's first struck my family doctor's nurse/receptionist got me involved in genealogy. (Yeah, I was in the office so much we became very good friends!).

Back then, w/no internet, it was sending out bunches of letters and then waiting for replies that might or might not come.

To while away the time between letters and replies I started doing needlepoint, freehand needlepoint. I was often too nauseous and sick to be able to concentrate on counting cross stitch so I never did get into that. I also did freehand embroidery. (I'd cheat w/a cheap light table and trace interesting pictures, etc. onto the fabric and then embroider what I had traced - matter of fact, I did the same thing w/the needlepoint. Heaven forbid someone else would have the same work I did!!).

And, yes, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
i play poker online when i can't sleep....

i love poker.....

but once, at a real poker tournament, my ostomy pouch made itself be known, by saying "hello" to everyone at the table, right as they were all silently waiting for my bet.

what a nightmare....i don't think anyone really heard it but me though....
"All we need is love....love is all we need"

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