Sunday, October 16, 2005

Snake Oil

Friday during a trip to the most inane drugstore in the country, I ran across (while pondering all the other over the counter things that might conceivably make the crohns feel better) a box with Crohn's and Colitis on the front in big letters. What was this? I surely was no stranger to this aisle. Digestive Advantage for Crohns and Colitis (Go ahead click the link and peek, looks like they have free samples) The box claims it relieves diarrhea, constipation, pain, and bloating. Woo hoo. It quickly landed in my cart.

Yeah I know. Probably no good or overpriced packaging for something I could get unlabeled for less. Still...it might work right? I still can hang on to the idea that the all wise GI docs just missed this in order to use the Imuran/azathioprine and I should give it a try before the Remicade. Anyone else tried this?


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4 comments:

Vanda said...

I hope it works for you. Good Luck TW.

Lucy said...

Hi -

I love your blog. I'd actually given up looking at the blogs of people with horrible stomach problems - they all seemed to be thoroughly depressing lists of everything bad about life/having something wrong with your stomach. Like I can't make one of those by myself! I love the fact that you have a bad stomach and a job and kids and a life. Its really encouraging. Actually, its good to know that you are battling it out but still somehow managing to keep a job/sense of humour/family/entertaining blog going.

Trying to keep up with work, and trying to have normal relationships with your colleagues, needing concessions sometimes because you have hospital stuff but not wanting to be treated like an invalid are parts I find really tough. I've recently thrown in 'trying to have a relationship'. Of course, there's also the usual: 'trying to keep overanxious mothers happy', 'wanting to play sport/be fit/look good in gym pants' and 'wanting to have friends that think I'm cool and fun, not whiney and always complaining/in need of sympathy'.

Eventually I'd like to throw in 'chasing around after a couple of kids' - but, actually, I'm discovering that Children are considered less than fashionable among high achieving university types these days. Maybe even less fashionable than 'annoying stomach problems that make you look like you swallowed a basketball'.

TW said...

Ha, I had my children with the highest of high achieving university types but I think the rules are different for fathers. I know what you mean though. I work at the University and am in a department where 1 child is the norm. The six (3 each-two grown up and away from home)my partner and I have between us is just downright frightening to them.

Overanxious mothers, ai yi yi, I have no advice. My mom is always "are you ok? Are you sure you are ok?" Sigh.

Relationships can be tough but if they can take the s*** literally, you know they are keepers.

Thanks for stopping by...come back and say hello.

TW said...

Me too Vanda. Me too. Not as much as I hope your meds help you.