The true test of remission....

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   Posted 1/24/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So yesterday I ran the washing machine and came down the basement to find water everywhere, as the main drain had backed up. What a mess. I expect this every few years because I live in an old house, with old pipes, and a 150 year old magnolia tree in the front yard that is rooted in the middle of my my sewer line. So after the call to the drain company, they will be here sometime tomorrow. sad
What that means to a normal person without UC, most likely nothing. What that means to someone with UC, panic, and most likely an immediate trip to the bathroom. But since you cannot use your toilet when your sewer is backed up.........there is a sense of panic.
I guess this is when I realized I was pretty much in remission. At least enough for me. After one trip to a neighbor's house for a last chance to go before bed, I hit the sack. I made it through the night with no problems, and am thankful to be semi-normal again. Although in my mind I had back up plans. I had thought about the midnight trip to hide by the shed in the freezing cold, or the litter box in the basement if there was an emergency.
Funny what you worry about after battling UC for years. I was in a flare from Oct 08 until late December. The thought of not having a bathroom during a flare is horrifying!!
Just thought I would share yeah

Diagnosed with moderate UC in 2002
Still serving 14 years in the Air National Guard
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Post Edited (fuzypants26) : 1/24/2009 6:08:53 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/24/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your water problems. Happened to me in my basement during a wicked rainstorm and the pump didn't cut in to drain the overflow.  Be mindful of any potential mold/mildew damage. I'm sure some of my UC symptoms were affected by that.

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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
That would suck!!! But if ithis is something you can expect every few yrs, I suggest you make a small investment into one of those port-o-potties, I have one in the back of my van (I took the very back bench seat out and keep it there and it's come in mighty handy) I call it my "potty-van". Something to consider for those times when you're not in remission and your pipes give you problems.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow! I'd have been horrified! It sounds as though you handled it extremely well.

It'll probably cost a pretty penny to get the pipes routed out....

It seems you have awesome neighbours!

Hope the clean-up and resolve goes well.
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
We had to turn our water off recently over the weekend because the kitchen faucet broke and we couldn't turn it off and the valves under the sink wouldn't turn it off completely either.
We have five toilets, so I knew I could flush each one once before we needed to turn the water back on...also grateful I wasn't flaring.

Sorry for your problems, that's sounds ex-pen-$ive. But old houses ...and trees ...are great.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/25/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, 5 toilets Peety, that's heavenly :) We were just at Target yesterday and the bathrooms were all closed w/ a big sign "water main break" - there were no working bathrooms in that whole block of stores!! I had actually gone just before we left and was feeling ok but my IBS husband wanted out asap. We went to another store instead.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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