Great advice, I've not even considered some of them. Humour is a touchy subject to be sure.
It's a way to say and talk about
taboo subjects....it's also a form of passive aggressiveness and bullying under the guise of "joking".
I think if we do at least admit how we really feel to others in there somehow...it's easier for them to wrap their heads around the situation.
Even in this forum, some cannot accept the joking or words we use...each is always in another place. We all learn...
Birdiem...your parents, I'm sure, feel the situation is very serious and have passed those feelings on to family and friends. You come along and make light of it. That's a way for others to maybe think your situation isn't as serious as your parents have made it...therefore, they may not be taken seriously either.
They have an emotional investment in your well-being and health as well as you do. I think you're handling it well...but you don't always have to make others feel OK about
it...they'll eventually get to the point where they'll accept your humour.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if your parents were always making jokes about
your colon/health, you'd be hurt and upset that they weren't taking it seriously...but they're not...so, maybe you should ask them to make a joke once. Tell them you know it's hard, and all the feelings that go with it are what you feel as well...it would be more difficult for you to function with all the hurt "out there" than with humour.
You do have a great sense of humour...but not all have the ability to receive it as easily as you hand it out. You could end it with..."in all seriousness, it's difficult, but at least it hasn't robbed me of my sense of humour. If I do lose it, I'll be depending on you all to be making the jokes"
...we all struggle no matter from what perspective.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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