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  • 4 AM, No Water

    Grrrrrrr.......

    We've been having this horrible wind for the past few days -- yesterday we had gusts up to 60mph that knocked over trees and power lines and all that good stuff. We lost our cable (and Internet) Sunday night as a result, and THEN, I got home yesterday and the power was off. It was just SO annoying... we did have an excuse to go out to eat, but it was a bit of a challenge finding a restaurant that had power!

    Anyway, it all went back on last night at about 10:30pm or so, but I just woke up about half an hour ago to discover my husband was not in the bed, and lights were on in parts of the house that normally no one would be in in the wee hours.

    So I get up, go to pee, and there is this sign on the toilet saying, "You can pee, but you can't flush. Love, John." Which I did, and after closing the toilet lid, I headed over to the stairwell and yelled down, "HONEY!!!!"

    When he came to the base of the stairs, I asked what he was doing down there, and he dropped the bomb that we have no water, and he was looking at the well pump to see if he could figure out how to get it working.

    From what I can see, it may have something to do with flushing the toilet and running the water a bit while the power to the thing was off -- it seems the pressure dropped inside the tank and now the thing can't regulate it. It either got too low and the pump needs to be primed again, or somehow a fuse in it blew so the pump isn't working. *SIGH*

    Regardless, there is NO owners manual with it (probably didn't come with the house) and we can't figure out what to do by looking at it, either.

    So, the sequence goes, MAD that power is out because it means that there will be no showering in the morning due to lack of hot water, JOYOUS power is back on and shower is back in my future, MAD that there will be no showering in the morning... because well pump is screwed up!!!!

    AAAAAGH....

    I have a pain clinic appointment at 9:30am, too.... guess I'll be using the emergency baby wipe bath technique and the loading on deodorant technique until we can get a plumber here.....
    ****
    Jen

    *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
    *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
    *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
    *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

    **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. 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.

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    We ended up going back to sleep this morning, and hubby all of a sudden woke up at 6:45 saying he dreamed that we were stupid and there was a reset button way, way back on the water pump.... so he went down there, and sure enough, there WAS!!

    He pushed it, and the pump started working immediately.... WE HAVE WATER!

    As a thank you, when he lay back down on the bed, I pounced him and gave him, um, a BIG thank you
    ****
    Jen

    *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
    *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
    *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
    *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

    **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. 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.

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    • #3
      LOL Jen
      That is so awesome that you guys fixed it!
      Christine



      I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
      1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
      2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
      I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

      I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

      Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
      Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus

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      • #4
        Oh the wonderful reset button! Wouldn't it be nice to have one of those on our own bodies at times...LOL!

        I am glad that you can take your warm shower!

        T83

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        • #5
          Yep- found out JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING has a re-set button. All you have to do is look. Glad you have hot water back!!

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          • #6
            I was going to tell you it had to have one. so glad you got it back on.. water is just one thing that is a must have..
            'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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            • #7
              AAAAH! More joys of country living. Even with having to maintain a well, power outages, etc., etc., I can't think of anything worse than moving to town. Glad he got the pump working again.


              Donna
              Stay safe


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              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.
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              • #8
                Oh, despite dealing with wells, septic tanks, power outages that take a long time to fix, cable outages, and the like..... there is NO WAY I would ever move back into a city setting. I love my country home. I love walking in the woods, or walking up the street until the trees part and we can see our neighbor's cow pastures -- it's calving season and the babies are so cute

                And the people past that cattle farm raise sheep, so there are lambs this time of year
                ****
                Jen

                *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
                *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
                *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
                *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

                **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. 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.

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                • #9
                  We have 7 lambs and they are sooooo cute. Two are black twins.


                  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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                  • #10
                    Glad you got the pump working again but I don't understand the reset button thing. My water pump is down in the well. Have to dig up the yard, take the cement lid off, haul up the pump and wires. Our pump wasn't working right a few years ago. Had a very high electricity bill due to it being pumping all the time when it didn't need to. Isn't your pump in the ground?

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