I graduated high school and went to college for a degree in civil engineering/surveyor. Attended two years, but was to immature to be in that setting. I had trouble going to class. At the time I was breaking, training, and showing horses in the evenings and weekends. Basically I was having a blast partying and playing with horses. I also had a job working for a local zoo taking care of the animals and training camels to ride.
Eventually i dropped out of college and came home. After a year of greasing garbage trucks on midnights, i decided I'd better get back to school.
Started taking night classes and got a job as assistant manager for a lumber company. Next I spent 3 years on the production management team and doing research and development for a company that makes dog collars, cat collars, and other pet products.
All the while I was still showing horses. And had started breeding and raising them. Finally decided to go to shoeing school and learned to be a farrier. Have been a full time farrier now for almost 15 years. My body has been beat up pretty badly over the years either from getting thrown off of horses or stomped on by them when I am shoeing them. I just recently went back to college part time. Working on, of all things, a civil engineering degree... same thing i did over twenty years ago right out of high school. But this time I am older and more mature. Am actually attending classes and currently carrying a 4.0 average. Will take me a few years to finish... but I still have my job as a farrier so....
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet
as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09**down to 10 mg 2/26/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol