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  • ICN Spirit Award to Briza

    I "handed out" the Spirit Award to Briza on this thread:

    http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37119

    She wrote a post that was full of good information about FMLA and provided good support in general to someone who is a fellow ICer and fellow teacher.
    Kim

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

    *****************************

    “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

    “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

  • #2
    Way to go!!! Yay! Great post!!
    Hugs,
    Tracey
    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...

    Harry arrived 2/23/09!



    *IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

    IC Diet Cheat Sheet:
    http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf



    Dx's:
    IC dx'd Nov 2004
    Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
    Possible IBS
    Current IC Meds
    Vistaril 25mg in the evening
    Previous IC Meds taken:
    Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
    Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
    Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
    Others:
    Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
    Pepcid 40mg a day for GERD
    Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
    Align Probiotic daily for IBS

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    • #3
      WTG
      Briza!!!

      You deserve this......
      Hugs
      Ronda

      ONE Second, ONE Bite, ONE Breath, ONE Pill, ONE Minute, ONE Teardrop, ONE Hour, ONE Sip.. ONE DAY! I will Prevail from this disease! IC Hoping for a Cure!


      Link to Patient Handbook:
      http://www.ic-network.com/handbook/

      Diet Reference Sheet:
      http://www.ic-network.com/diet/icndi...tsheet0909.pdf

      Meds For IC: Lyrica-25mg Glucosamine-500 MSM-500mg, Prosed Ds -When Flaring

      Other Meds: Levlite- Continious Birtcontrol, Micardis-40mg for High Blood Pressure

      Meds I have Tried:
      Topamax,Tofranil, Elmiron, Atarax, Cymbalta, Elavil, Enablex, Detral La, Prydium.
      Lexapro< Bad reaction to this med!
      Intstills, could not continue them due to some kind of reaction after 3rd instill. Tasted the lidocaine in my mouth, tongue and lips went numb then went into what seemed like a panic attack. Shaking, racing heart, tingling face/head, blood pressure shot up..

      Dx With IC in Nov 2006 with Hydro/Cysto
      Hydro/Cysto Caused Bladder to Rupture.

      Other Dxs-Vulvodynia,Fibro, Endo, IBS, HPV, Migraines, Spastic Colon, Mild Dysplasia.



      ICN Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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      • #4
        Definitely deserved!

        Donna
        Stay safe


        Elmiron Eye Disease Information Center - https://www.ic-network.com/elmiron-p...mation-center/
        Elmiron Eye Disease Fact Sheet (Downloadable) - https://www.ic-network.com/wp-conten...nFactSheet.pdf

        Have you checked the ICN Shop?
        Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

        Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

        Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

        Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

        AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
        [3MG]

        Anyone who says something is foolproof hasn't met a determined fool

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        • #5
          :woohoo: You definately deserved this award Briza!
          *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
          *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
          *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

          Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

          04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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          • #6
            Congrats Briza!!!! Well Deserved!!!:woohoo:
            http://www.TheCraftyEwe.etsy.com

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            • #7
              :woohoo:

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              • #8
                :woohoo: WAy to Go, Briza! Your post was superb! Congratulations on the award!

                Hugs,
                Amy

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                • #9
                  *Applause...Applause* for Briza.
                  Sharon

                  Shopping??? Did someone mention shopping? I'll get my hat... ;-)

                  Where I can be found most days.



                  Link to the ICN Patient Handbook:
                  http://www.ic-network.com/handbook/

                  Link to the IC Diet:
                  http://www.ic-network.com/diet/


                  IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you!

                    Wow, this is a great thing to wake up to, especially since today I AM using FMLA for an absence. Even knowing my job is secure does not always take away the guilt for not being there. So this definitely helps! Thanks Kim, and everyone else!
                    I hope others, not only teachers, are aware of FMLA, so maybe this will bring some attention to it as an option whether you need a leave of absence or intermittent absences for dr appts, flares, reactions to meds, and just the plain ole I can't do it today because I gotta pee too much! One thing I just remembered is that my dr said it's best to use up all of your sick days first, and any extended leave you have (I get docked only for the cost of the sub for 10 extended leave days), since you are entitled to those each year (for teachers, usually 10-12 days paid sick days plus the extended leave) and then apply for FMLA) so they don't overlap with the FMLA days and then you have access to to the additional full 12 weeks of FMLA absences. Of course, if you still have sick days and your boss is already worrying you, you can always apply for FMLA anytime. Most teachers in states that don't have unions can join a teachers' organization (like American Federation of Teachers, but there are many others) and they provide legal representation if you need it. Costs only about $8 a month) I haven't every used it, and sometimes it does stir up things (from the teachers I know, not only in my district, but it is usually very effective, and things are managed quickly (in your favor) without having to file a formal grievance...now that can REALLy stir things up!
                    Anway...thank you thank you, I really needed a boost today, and it always helps to know that something that you do can help others!

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                    • #11
                      link to FLMA application

                      http://www.wichita.gov/NR/rdonlyres/...n_Form_15f.pdf

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                      • #12
                        link to FMLA application

                        http://www.wichita.gov/NR/rdonlyres/...n_Form_15f.pdf

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