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Red_34
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I know we are house bound quite frequently.  So many of us have pets to keep us company.  Let's share some stories about our favorite companions.  In what way do your pets help you feel better when you are feeling like crap?  Do they intuitively know when you are not feeling good?  Are they more sympathetic or do they try to make you laugh?
 
I used to have quite the menagarie of animals but have cut down significantly.  So right now I have 2 dogs, 2 birds, 1 turtle and 4 fancy rats.  It's my 2 dogs that keep me company and are always there for me no matter what.  I have a 7 year old Jack Russel/Beagle and a 5 year old Black Lab.  When I am feeling like crap, my Jackie will lay on my lap - sort of like a heating pad and my Charlotte (lab) will lay across my feet.  They will sometimes even follow me to the bathroom though I have to admit, they don't stay long! LOL  I guess certain "smells" even dogs don't like! When I am feeling depressed my Jackie can be so comical that it lifts my spirits.  She is definately a little force of nature!
 
But here are some pictures of my pets:
 
 


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lambkins
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a Tibetan Terrier called misty and a cat called scatty when im poorly hubby says oh you have dr scat and nurse mist as one lays by my side and the other at my feet it's the only time they get on when looking after mum and misty does follow me to the bathroom and comes in if i have not shut the door properly.
  
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turtle521
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a 1 year old American Bulldog that weighs about 120 lbs. He's very sweet and cuddly and loves to follow me into the bathroom. Sometimes he likes to cuddle too much and insists on sitting on me. That hurts!
Currently flaring - 4 Lialda once a day; 40 mg prednisone
Asacol
 
Diagnosed 2000 - currently 27 years old


TripleKiss
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Red,
 
Your dogs are adorable!!!  I have 2 dogs myself... Rocksi is a chihuahua/pomeranian/cori mix and we recently rescued Jackson, a chihuahua/min-pin mix.  They are mine and my husbands babies!  Whenever I feel sick, they are always by my side- they just KNOW I dont feel well.  (not sure if my pic will work or not...)
 
 
 
DX: UC (Proctitis) January 2009 (age 24)
Status: Currently in flare since Aug 2008 without remission
Medications: Align (probiotic), Cortisone Enema, Lialda, Prednisone (tapering), Flagyl, Cipro, Canasa, anticipating Dipentum after round of Prednisone,
Testing the spinach & sunflower diet (so far so good!), and coconut oil 
 


jujub
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   

We have a pound puppy named Kirby. We call him our "border basset spaniel." He definitely has a huge helping of border collie in him, and the brains to prove it. Around his face you can see the spaniel, and he has short legs, so we think basset hound.

When I'm feeling bad, Kirby will bring me his fluffy stuffed duck, put it up in my chair with me, then lie down right beside the chair.


Judy
 
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
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kops2da
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   

We have a shihzu/poodle - 9 years old and about 20 lbs.  She is fun and still loves to play.

If I feel really sorry for myself I remember that Penny is totally blind - about a year now - and can you imagine living in the dark! 

ElaineNY


 
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No prescriptions as of yesterday!  Hoping for best and possibly adding other supplements.
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any pets with me at the moment. But I have a pet parrot and he stays with my mother. I raised him from a young age, and whenever I go home he doesn't want to leave me alone, so I'll have to walk around the house with him perched on my shoulder (pirate style).
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


Peety
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   Posted 8/10/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have two warm furry cats who are a great comfort to me.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


JewelsOK
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   Posted 8/10/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh this will be fun. I'm not sure if I can figure out how to post pictures, but I will try. We have a 3 year old male Yorkie named Tucker and a 2 year old female Yorkie named Molly. We have the cutes AMHA Miniature gelding that belongs to my 10 year old daughter with UC. He is named Image. He is 2. We also have a 4 year old APHA gelding named Romeo - he is blue roan with blue eyes - gorgeous. He belongs to my 14 year old daughter. The picture with the mini show both my UC kiddos (the oldest and the youngest).

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I hope that worked!
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Prednisone 10 mg, Lailda 2 am & 2 pm, Azasan 100mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Prednisone 5 mg, Colazal 750mg x 4, 6MP 25mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


Red_34
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   Posted 8/10/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Awww cute pooches! And what a beautiful horse Julie!
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AMK77
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a cat named Dexter. He gives me a tummy massage every night before he falls asleep next to me.

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32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Currently take probiotics and fish oil. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't currently have any pets, but I had a half cocker spaniel half ? when I was growing up. He had black and tan markings and much shorter fur than cockers normally have, so looked like a mini Rottie.

At any rate, he was a great dog! One time, I had pretty bad tummy bug, which was causing my blood pressure to bottom out when I would stand up (it's *really* low on a normal basis, so when I get even a little dehydrated, it gets super low). I was walking back to the couch from a bathroom trip, and could feel that I was about to pass out, so I slowly lowered myself to the floor so I could lay down. Willie came running over, licked my face, whined at my parents, and layed down beside me.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


TLB37
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
O i have a house full of animals 3 crapzu and they go with me every where i go . I have 3 cats , a bird sunny boy he is so sweet, and a turtel. One of my crapzu milly is my baby when im so sick she is right with me in the bathroom, bed she is my girl i have had her 11 years.
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   20 years of Ulcerative Colitis
 
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Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
AMK77 said...
I have a cat named Dexter. He gives me a tummy massage every night before he falls asleep next to me.

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Oooh I love orangies!  I love cats but cannot have any due to my husband's allergies.  And no, those hairless cats don't do it for me!  smilewinkgrin
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn said...

When I'm feeling bad, Kirby will bring me his fluffy stuffed duck, put it up in my chair with me, then lie down right beside the chair.

Oh that is just sooo sweet!  I am jealous.

ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Scarlet504
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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have two cats named Mister Willis (Maine Coon Mix) who is 13 years old and the most arrogant and megalomaniac cat i have ever come across. He struts down the hall and if the dogs dare looking at him, he tells them off. The other cat is named Kirby and is a Silvertabby mix. I am not so connected with the cats strangely, my dogs are my all. I have a 4-year old chihuahua named Tuffy (there is some mini-pinscher in him) and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy named Despereaux (5 months old - I loooove Corgis and finally I have one). I let Tuffy in my bed when I am sick, because I find his company very comforting and soothing and he starts licking and kissing on me when I am not doing well. No real experience with the corgi yet since he is a puppy and we don't have him that long, but he certainly brightens my day, because he is so well-behaved, clever, cute and he loves to clown around.
 
 
Tuffy and Despereaux 2
Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Meds
6 x Asacol a day
75 50 mg 6-MP
Align (probiotic)
Flintstones Complete Vitamins

basa0806
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   Posted 8/10/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Right now we have a sable and white shetland sheepdog named Jackson. We recently lost our other sheltie Sydney a few weeks ago. We are currently looking into buying a puppy or rescuing a abandoned sheltie from a shelter.
I don't know how they do it, but our dogs always knew/know when we aren't feeling well. If I'm home sick Jack will lay by my bed all night long (and he likes to lay on the covers drooped over the side of my bed!) We've always been lucky with getting amazing dogs. Sydney was the sweetest dog ever and Jackson is just a big goof ball. I don't think I could ever go through life without a doggie!
Here are my two. Jackie then Sydney

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Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Maya Angelou


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I love all the pet pix. I have 2 dogs. They are everything to me. When I am down, they are always there for me. My boy dog sleeps on my belly. He climbs over me and flops down if I am sleeping on my back. Sometimes I wake up and he is asleep on my back. My girl is too smart for her own good. She knows what time it is and she jumps up on me at dinner time and pushes her face into my face to let me know she wants food. She also has a vocabulary and knows words even if I spell them. Everyone who meets her falls in love. They both love to sit in a laps and are very faithful little friends. My boy is sleeping next to me now, of course he is pushed up on my side warming me up and it's 90 outside.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


Malkavian
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
=D I love animals.

I have a very demanding female orange tabby. She's ancient, 17 years old, but still kicking. She just doesn't chase the dogs as much anymore. =)

My family also has a german shepherd/border collie mix (11 yo female) and a male papillon (2 years). The GSD/BC mix is very smart but a pain in the arse, and the papillon is skittish and obsessed with feet.

Don't have any pictures sadly.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


FairyGen
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have 4 cats and one peakanese....I used to have 10 to 20 ferrets.....

my husband used to be allergic to cats but he went through the allergy shots and now they don't bother him....
Left sided UC: Diagnosed 7/09
Currently on Pred 40mg, Lailda 2.4 once a day
Supplements: Bromelain 3 times a day, Tummeric 3 times a day, Good Belly probiotics 1 time a day. Multi, Vit D, B-complex...
 
currently on the down side of a flair....


princesa
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Two Shelties that are the queens of our household.

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Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Love the pet pics! And great stories too. :)
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA-Celebrex, Tylonel Arthritis and Voltaren Gel
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basa0806
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Princesa they are adorable!!!
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with UC in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x daily, 25mg Amitriptyline, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Maya Angelou


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I was diagnosed, I never had a pet, but I did have a pet when I was a teen. I got my Golden Retriever from my substitute teacher and had her for a year and a half. One summer night, my mom and my youth group leaders from church set up a "Kidnap the girls" night. All of us girls didn't know about it, so that night my mom made go upstairs around 10pm. After I was upstairs I heard a knock on my door and there they were, my leaders came to take me somewhere for the night my dog was hysterical because she knew something was going on she heard the people there and she couldn't do anything. We continually went to other girls houses til we ended up to the house we were going to stay at. That night I slept only 2 hours. When I got home that afternoon, she slept on my bed with me and we slept for 2 hours. She never slept with me before because she had her own place to sleep. That's my most memorable moment with my wonderful pet Ginger. :)
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira since of May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Put on Imuran from May 2007 to Jan, 15 2009
Put on Canasa June 25, 2009, off Canasa on June 30th 2009.
*Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade, odd reactions to Canasa went backwards a bit.
*Started minor flare in mid June 2009 but VERY minor. :(


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to have even more animals than this but right now I have:

INSIDE: A grey tabby named Simba, who I found and bottle-raised as a baby, he will be ten in September, he always comes into the bathroom with me; he even has a lil box in there to sleep in so he's there when I need him, if he didn't follow me in lol. He is a little sweetie, he only cuddles with me or my boyfriend and I love him very much, he's my baby http://posaunespieler.deviantart.com/art/Nap-87583482
-A German Shepherd named Maddy, she's a bit retarded and not too intuitive, most of that breed are smarter lol. She's getting better though and I love her
-My boyfriend and I got two rats together, the eldest is Jemaine, the youngest is Jackie (all black with a lil white spot on his chest)--> http://posaunespieler.deviantart.com/art/Ratties-127601700-The two of us also have two fantail goldfish, Saul and Swiss

OUTSIDE: I just keep drawing strays to me, I have the giant Richard ( http://posaunespieler.deviantart.com/art/Lionheart-95173704 ), lil Sigi (soon to be indoors), Fattie, Simon (who's like 17), and Urie, who follows me around while I garden. (Urie needs a loving home btw: http://posaunespieler.deviantart.com/art/Finally-123035140 )

I gave links to my photography, I don't have all the files on my computer


19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

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