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Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies

I’m back (finally) with an overdue post on vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are possible with IBD; I meant to get this written up sooner, but the Big, Bad Wolf visited us here in Texas last week and tried to blow our house down. Well, more like he tried to pummel it into the ground. April can be a bizarre month here, and this year was no exception. Last weekend, my husband and I were sitting out on the back patio one night, reading and enjoying a fire. All of the sudden, the TV in the living room sounded it’s Emergency Warning siren (which I have long ago learned is NEVER a test here) and the bulletin said that there was a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, with a storm moving through a town about 10 miles southwest of us. I looked toward the sky, noticing a very faint flicker of lightening in the distance, and told my husband that we should probably head inside. I headed in, taking both of our dogs with me, and was …

A Bit About Little Moon Essentials

So you’ve probably seen several of my posts mentioning the company Little Moon Essentials, and a few of their products on my Resources page.  I should probably go into a bit more detail here, because if you just pull up their website, I will admit that some of the products sound a little like something created while coming down off of a pretty wild acid trip.  I mean, bath salts for different phases of the moon?  I was skeptical, but I should explain how I came across the site and started using their products. This past spring, my husband and I took a road trip from our home in Austin to Santa Fe for my birthday.  Neither of us had been before, and it seemed a good way to christen his new car that he had only had for a couple of months.  During our week in Santa Fe, I had read about a mineral spring relatively nearby called Ojo Caliente.  The material on it said that it had various mineral spring baths containing things …

Items to Add to Your Wish List for the Holidays

How the hell is it Thanksgiving week already?  The doors to the Christmas season will soon be thrown wide open, though they’ve been cracked since Halloween, the candy and costumes on clearance the last week of October, while Christmas trees and garland fight for space on the shelves.  I’m getting off track here, I suppose. Remember the joy of making out a Christmas list when you were a child?  How fun it was to think about what gifts you wanted, the anticipation of what would be under the tree?  I’m the first one to admit that that is completely NOT what the season is about, but the reason I’m mentioning it is that, as someone with IBD or a related condition, there are some really useful items you can put on your list this season just in case friends, family or good old Saint Nick happen to ask.  Many have been extremely helpful to me, particularly during the course of a flare.  A few items to think about this season: Vitamix – to call this …

Surviving a Hospitalization

It goes without saying that at some point, if you have IBD or a related autoimmune disease, you will likely be hospitalized; some more than others.   This is why I always travel to the ER with my at-the-ready overnight bag, because you never really know when an admission will be needed.  Everyone’s “necessities” may be different, but below is a list of what I usually keep in my bag: Basic toiletries Toilet paper & Cottonelle wipes (the hospital grade TP is murder on my poor bum) Earplugs (helpful for blocking out noisy IV pumps and possible snoring roommates) Sleeping mask to block out light from the corridors Cell phone charger Reading material Loose, comfortable clothing with open necklines to allow for access to my port (tanks with built in shelf bras, yoga pants, etc.) Socks and a robe Heating pad (they hardly ever have them in the hospital anymore, and I’m spoiled by my awesome infrared model, so “Sparky” comes with me) If you are in the hospital often enough (hopefully not), you may also want to invest in …

Dietician Advice

Recently, after a couple of hospital stays due to my electrolytes being really screwed up from absorption issues, I took up my GI doc on his offer of a referral to a dietician for a consult. In retrospect, I probably should have gone a lot sooner given that I’ve had Crohn’s for 13 years now, but hey, what can I say?  Guess I had my head up my ass. I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater (everything in moderation kind of thing) as far as eating my fruits and veggies and such, though I will admit that ice cream was my vice and has been for years. I figured that another set of eyes couldn’t hurt to see if there was anything I could be doing differently in my day to day routine. I had sent the dietician a three day log of my eating prior to the visit at her request, so she would have time to analyze it, and was happy to hear that for the most part, my diet was great and …

Helpful Phone App for Medical Records

Keeping track of your medical history can be quite a task, not to mention making sure that all of your physicians are kept in the loop. Thank god for the My Medical app (available via multiple platforms), which is only about five dollars to download, and may well be the best money you will ever spend.  This handy tool allows you to store medical information for multiple people, each with their own individual profile.  It will prompt you to enter everything from basic general information and emergency contacts to current and past medications, tests, procedures, surgeries, allergies, diagnoses, immunizations, hospitalizations, complete physician information, family history, health insurance….the list goes on and on.  You can add notes for certain hospital stays (mine typically reflect which medication combinations tended to clear my obstructions most quickly) AND, best of all, you can wirelessly print the entire document or email it at the touch of a button.  Being that we are rather frequent flyers at the local ER, I have three copies printed up at all times (one in …