Hi - I lived in Metro Detroit for a few years. I moved there from a small, rural area. It was a MAJOR change for me!!! I did stress - a lot. I stressed during my commute home that I was going to be "late" and my hubby would be mad at me. It took me a while to figure out that he wouldn't be. I stressed about
finding the right docs - my PCP was good, but my GI and I didnt' see eye to eye. A good friend gave me the name of another GI and he was GREAT! I stressed about
my job. Thankfully they had flexible scheduling - so when I needed to sleep in because I'd been up all night, it was okay. Some of this stress was self induced and UC induced and Effexor helped me tremendously. It took a couple of years for me to settle in and a lot of the stress left. When our three years were up and it was time to move, it was tough! I had FINALLY become accustomed to that life. We had a place outside of the major subburbs - so when I was away from work, I was AWAY from work.
How did I reduce stress?!?! Meeting with my HW friends was lots of fun. Taking my dogs to the "bark" park was awesome! (Watching dogs be dogs is very relaxing for me.) I tried to do all of my "running" during the week so that the weekends were mine to recouperate. I would have liked to only work four days a week - only eight hour days, not ten - so I could have one day to do that running instead of cramming it in during the week. Getting my once or twice a week latte helped. It gave me that time to just savor the flavor and relax.
We're in another local now. Population approx 130,000. My commute isn't any shorter, but things are a lot more relaxed here. In fact - few people drive the speed limit, which is making me crazy after the Metro freeways!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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