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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
The strangest thing has happened to me.  I stopped at the pharmacy last Wednesday to pick up my Asacol.  Now it's missing.  Totally lost. The little white sack that it came in never made it into my house.  I think I must have scooped it up with some papers that were in my car and tossed it.  Unfortunately, trash day was the next morning.  I may need to start drugs for dementia next. 
Of course my insurance will not let me refill it until next month.  I'm embarassed to ask my Dr. for samples but I may have to beg, borrow, and steal some.
Now my lower abdomin is aching and I fear a flare is right around the corner.  I've been without my beloved Asacol for 3 days.
To make matters worse, our family is shocked over the tragic deaths of some dear friends in a car accident.  The family of 6 was traveling to Colorado for a ski vacation when they colided head-on with a semi.  The dad, and his oldest daughter, age 18, and son, age 13, were killed instantly.  The mom and twin daughters, age 15, survived but are seriously hurt.  How does a family recover from this?
Thanks for letting me whine.
  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
  • Prescribed: Xanax & Hydrocodone as needed
  • OTC:  Probiotic 15-35, Multi Vitamin, B Complex, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Biotin

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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry about your friends. I would call my GI asap and just explain what happened.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08

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   Posted 2/19/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
That's awful about your friends (and your meds) but at least with your meds you should be able to get enough from your doc to cover you especially when you explain what happend.

Best wishes for your friends during this difficult time, how sad.
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   Posted 2/20/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry about your friends. Did you try your insurance company already? They do have provisions sometimes for emergencies. You could also ask the manufacturer. Calling your GI and or pharmacist is a good start. Asacol is a lot of pills right? I think that would be hard to accidently throw out. Maybe you could call the pharmacy and your local police stations non-emergency number. You may have dropped them and since they are not sought after drugs, a kind soul might have turned them in. My husband used to be a police officer and people would bring in medications all the time they found left in restrooms, dropped in grocery stores, etc.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 2/20/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. That is truly tragic!

But, definately call your GI to see what you can do. The last thing you need right now is to be flaring.
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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
BumTum.....my deepest condolences regarding the tragic accident of your dear close friends. I could only imagine that the process of dealing with the loss, both physically and emotionally, would be very long and painful.
Support of friends and family as well as from others who have gone through such a loss would help.

I hope your GI can offer some assistance regarding your meds. If you paid by a certain credit card, it might also be covered regarding cost. Worth checking into.

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
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   Posted 2/20/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry about you friends and the answer is I think it is an individual thing, but I do not think you ever get "over it" but you find a way to transcend it. What would those who died want you to do in the face of such great tragedy? It takes time and alot of work (and therapy) but it can be done. Have you heard about Christine McFadden? (it is not the same situation, but it is about going on in the face of great tragedy) I do not think you should bring this up, until much much later, but I think the strenght to transcend comes from drawing strength from those who would want you to carry on in the face of their deaths, and the three survivors have three walking talking reasons to live.

about your meds call your doc...
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   Posted 2/20/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Regarding your lost meds: Definitely call the pharmacy or your GI or insurance company. I'm sure this sort of thing happens sometimes and I'm sure they won't let you go without your meds.
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Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
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   Posted 2/20/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. Deepest condolences.

Like Navy said - you don't get over it. You live life with a new frame of reference.

Hang in there!
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   Posted 2/20/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   


I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your friends. I happened to see that accident reported on my local news station. I can't even imagine the pain of what the mother and twins are feeling, as well as close friends. I felt horrible when I saw it on the news, and I don't know anyone who was involved. It's such an eerie thing, one minute they're here, and the next...where are they? It will be no easy thing for the survivors. So much healing to do, on all levels. My heart really goes out to them, and to anyone who knows them. I'm so sorry it hit so close to home for you and your family. Surreal, isn't it?




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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
If it was me, I would go to the local Police Station and submit a police report for lost property.  Then go to your doctor and show him the report you made and ask him if he will cover the lost meds.  If not, ask for another script and then contact your insurance company and see if they will give you one.
As a future note, always be a month ahead on your meds.  I have actually stocked up about 3 months worth so if I have an emergency or am out of town or anything I am not panicking as much.  Once bitten, twice shy.
Let us know how it goes.  :)
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First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006. Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to you all for your kinds words.
  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
  • Prescribed: Xanax & Hydrocodone as needed
  • OTC:  Probiotic 15-35, Multi Vitamin, B Complex, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Biotin

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