I have returned from my cruise, undrowned :D

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summerstorm
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   Posted 2/2/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I got back today! It was soooo great i want to live on a cruise ship! Thats the only place it is acceptable to have ice cream for breakfast and be drunk at 1 pm!
If you remember i took 20 changes on a five day cruise, 9 day trip altogther, i used one change, so yeah that was a bit overkill, lol.
I ate all the food, and did all the fun stuff, ileo caused no problems, it was so nice to be able to do all the fun stuff this time around!

Christine1946
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   Posted 2/3/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
     Summer....what places did you visit?  We've been on seven cruises, mostly to Caribbean Islands but one to New England ports (we left from NY Harbor exactly 48 hrs from the 9/11 terror attack and had to disembark in Philly when we came home). 
     The last cruise we were on there were 300 people who contracted the Norovirus.  That was a few years back when I had UP but before my surgery.  One guy at our dinner table came down with the virus and I was scared it was going to strike me.  Thank God neither hubby nor I got sick.  I did suffer a bad flare two days after returning though.
     I would love to go on a cruise up to Nova Scotia.  We had reservations for one in September but I was still recuperating and we cancelled.  Since then, I have heard a lot of reports about stomach viruses on cruise ships and they can be life threatening for us ostomates.  What is your take on that? 
     We have an RV and plan to use it a LOT come spring, summer and fall, but I am leery of those cruises yet.

Collicat
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   Posted 2/3/2011 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you had a GREAT time!....
Mom to Dillon (age 19) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS

Disneynut66
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   Posted 2/3/2011 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
That is so wonderful. With all this snow I could certainly use a cruise. Isn't it awful that you have to cook your own food, clean up after yourself and no one is offering you the drink of the day?! Aaahh, reality stinks.

So, is that really true that stomach viruses are really bad for ostomates? What about j-pouchers?

I had the noro virus once (luckily before uc and after I got off the ship). Truly I laid in the bathroom for over a day wanting to die. Now when I go on cruises I wash my hands and use hand sanitizer about 20 times a day.

esoR
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   Posted 2/3/2011 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
summer glad you had a great time.

christine,

for those of us without use of a colon we need immediate IV and anti-nausea drug if we ever get noro virus. other wise soon kidney failure. i wash my hands a real lot on cruises. rosemary

summerstorm
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   Posted 2/3/2011 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
we went to freeport and nassau in the bahamas, we left out of charleston, sc. It was so pretty in nassau, we went to the atlantis resort, that is the cleanest most beautiful place i have ever seen. There was someone in each bathroom mopping constantly! i didn't see a speck of dirt anywhere, and we were outside!
freeport however, was disgusting and dont want to ever go there again.
i took some alochol wipes and when i go to hotels or something, i clean all the stuff, light switches, remotes, doorhandles, those type things, to get the germs off, and we wash our hands a lot.
Stomach viruses are bad because we dehydrate so much quicker and once we get dehydrated we can't catch up. But i'm not going to let the fear of that stop me from going again. I got a kid in kindergarten, i get plenty of germs that way!
i did take some phenogren and lots of immodium with me, just in case.
DH wants to go on a disney cruise next, but i don't want all those kids running around!
esor-i didn't see any ballroom dancing, although my kid led everyone in teh YMCA on the stage in the showroom! it was so cute
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

summerstorm
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   Posted 2/4/2011 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
i thought of a brillaint reason to drink on the cruise ship! it's necessary for your medical health! say a stomach virus gets in there, if you are drinking the alochol will surely kill it before it has time to do something :D
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 2/4/2011 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you all had a BLAST, especially Michael!! "It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!" yeah That boy is too cute!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 2/6/2011 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, and I'm really glad you didn't fall overboard!! tongue

Another UC wife
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   Posted 2/6/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you had a good time.

My sister left yesterday with quite a delay. She was to board the ship that had the Bomb Scare! What a nice way to start a vacation she so desperately needed since she had her unexpected ileostomy (emergency surgery) 9 weeks ago. She called me and left a message which I was happy about so I didn't hear it on the news and get all nervous about.

I hope she has a good vacation too.
64 yr old male --suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision in 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (permanent ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.
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