Bratcat marched in the homecoming parade!

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   Posted 9/29/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
As most of you know, bratcat started flaring again about 2 weeks ago, almost exactly one year since she first flared. This time around though she was already diagnosed and on medication. She has been out of school for the past week and a half. I have seen a little improvement each day since she added the hydrocortisone enemas. Her doctor is trying to hold off putting her back on steroids (even at a low dose). We spoke with him on Thursday and he said, unless we felt a need to speak with him over the weekend, we should touch base with him on Monday. If bratcat continues to slowly improve, hopefully she will go back to school (at least for a few classes) this week.
However, today was Homecoming. Bratcat is in the symphonic band and they are amazing to listen to. Last year she was very sick (she had her colonoscopy 3 days after Homecoming last year). She sat on the sidelines and I can vividly remember how sick she looked. This year she was determined to march. We had to make one stop on the way to the parade for a bathroom break but we got to the lineup. She hasn't seen anyone for almost 2 weeks. It was wonderful to see the response from the kids and the teachers. Rather than watch with my husband from our usual spot, she asked me to walk along the parade route staying near her band (just in case).  She plays trombone and was in the middle of the entire band. It was great watching her play and march (and having had to keep up I can tell you they really move at a quick pace). (If you get a chance, listen to the songs Vehicle and Horse on the computer to hear what they played.) It was a one and a half mile parade. By the end she was wiped out (and we forgot to bring a water bottle). She got back to the truck, got a drink, got her body temperature leveled out and felt a bit better. Right now she is totally exhausted and is taking a nap. But she made it through the parade!
And by the way, her younger brother marched with his middle school band for the first time this year. He plays trombone also. And he was fabulous (they played Yankee Doodle Dandy)! Hey you never know if he is going to check out this website--I had to give a shout out to him too.
--Mom of bratcat (16 years old)--
bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday
Rowasa - 7/07 tapering slowly
hydrocortisone enema - alternating with Rowasa
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! No more hydrocortisone enemas! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa
Keeping our fingers and toes crossed!!
9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortison enemas.

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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear she made it threw ok, even though she was worn out after, she probably enjoyed being out there with the rest of her friends and band members.Hope she gets to feeling better soon.

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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Great to hear!!!Well done.
keep the faith

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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear she was able to participate!

I played trombone in HS too. To this day I still miss certain aspects of it - just gotta love the music :)
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So happy that she got to march in the parade, my son used to be in marching band too and he just loved it... He plays the tenor saxophone tongue
congrats to your son too, he musta had a great time too tongue

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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
That's awesome!
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   Posted 9/29/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg

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   Posted 9/29/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for her!!!! yeah
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   Posted 9/29/2007 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Bennie, it's fabulous that Bratcat was able to get through the parade without any interruptions. She deserves the long nap!

She's come a long way in a year yeah

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
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Post Edited (quincy) : 9/30/2007 11:35:19 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/30/2007 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with everyone else here.......good for her! Even small victories seem like huge ones with this disease. Good job Bratcat!
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