The past few months have been extremely rocky with Crohn’s Disease. Dealing with the stress of a new position at work and the death of a friend all while maybe not eating the best caused my Crohn’s to flare in all the worst possible ways. I’m sure everyone handles coming out of a flare differently, culinarily wise that is. I’ve noticed that when I come out of a flare I attach myself to one food that I know for a fact won’t bother my stomach. Thinking back I don’t think the foods that I cling on to are ever the same. After my initial diagnosis I ate tuna and tilapia daily and gradually added other foods in. The past three weeks it has been pancakes… IHOP pancakes to be more specific. I’m thankful to have at least one friend who has been more than understanding with this, even though each time we pull into IHOP she goes on a short diatribe about how this is the most she’s been to IHOP in the last three years combined.
During a flare I don’t eat. At all. I know that is not recommended, however I’m like a child with a hot stove. ‘You don’t have to burn me but once’ is the mentality I have with most pain. During this last flare there wasn’t a moment when I was not in level 8-10 pain. I know that anything other than liquid going into my body would elevate that pain, therefore I choose not to eat. Naturally, when I do start to eat again its very little and very specific things. As of this moment the foods I am eating are pancakes, chicken breast and eggs…. oh and bacon. Do any of yall with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis(or any other similar disease) go through the same thing after a flare? What are the first few weeks coming out of a flare like for yall? Until next time take care!


All in a Days Work.


I’ll be the first to admit that when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease I was terrible with taking my medicine. The first three months or so I was great, never missed a dose. As time went on a missed dose here and there turned into me not taking it at all. After my initial hospital stay I didn’t really have any symptoms of Crohn’s, so naturally I wasn’t driven to take my medicine. There was the occasional what I like to call blips or slight flare. Things remained that way up until about the summer of 2012. Around August 2012 symptoms started appearing, nothing too crucial. It was in the winter when the pain (something akin to machetes being tossed around my intestines) or cramps started. I then started taking my medicine periodically.

Fast forward to early summer 2013, I experienced the WORST flare I’ve ever had to date with my Cohn’s disease. I’ll spare yall the gross details but just know that every symptom associated with Crohn’s Disease was on ten. I lost around 17lbs in about a week and a half. Making the journey from my living room to my bed required all the strength in the world. I made a few trips to the E.R. but there wasn’t really anything they could do. I made an appointment with my G.I. doctor immediately, mainly to get refills on my medicine. After a ‘I’m so disappointed in you’ speech from doctor regarding my lack of visits he explains my blood work looked terrible. Obviously. Since then I have really good about taking my medicine. I’m not perfect, I miss a dose every once and a while but never two in a row. With out this hand full of pharmaceuticals I have to consume on a daily I would be extremely ill and in a hell of a lot of pain. Until next time Take care.