Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘Danny Williams for Prime Minister’ edition

  • Things are quite snowy at the Swamp. The dogs don’t seem to mind. Madison has such a thick coat that she likes to lay down in it. I am sure she doesn’t even feel it.
  • Danny Williams has resigned as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am extremely hopeful that he is going to enter federal politics. He definitely has the skills and the charisma to do a fabulous job for the country. He also seems to have compassion – something that is sorely lacking in the federal government. Danny Williams says he does not have federal aspirations, I hope he changes his mind.
  • After my visit with my GI doctor this week, we discussed the fact that my ulcerative colitis is not really responding to the various treatments. My symptoms have been much worse lately. We talked about doing Remicade but I am not sure about it. It has nasty, nasty side effects. Plus the province does not cover it for ulcerative colitis only for Crohn’s. Apparently, it costs thousands and thousands of dollars per year. I may get some coverage from Deb’s plan but I am not sure yet if they cover it at all. My mother did not offer to help us out with it either. The only other option, if medication is unsuccessful, is to have my colon removed, full stop. I would likely have to live with the ileostomy for the rest of my life. There is a surgery they can do called the J-pouch where they form a pouch with the small intestine and everything works normally. However, people with ulcerative colitis quite often develop pouchitis, which is just as bad as the ulcerative colitis they got rid of when the colon was removed. At this point, I don’t know what I am going to do. Lots of thought needs to go into this decision.
  • I am very pleased with the drainage work. The house is much less humid with the water drained from under the crawl space. I have also noticed that even though there is still some minor flooding in areas when we get a torrential downpour but it generally clears quickly now. The actual top layer dries out now. It should make the yard much, much better!

Weekend Crash and Burn – Day 2

I have kept to my plan for the weekend. Today we watched episodes of Criminal Minds and the movie The Kids are All Right. We are having chicken for dinner – my favourite. Then back to work tomorrow. I have an appointment with my gastro doc tomorrow. Hopefully she will agree to put me on Remicade so that perhaps I can get the ulcerative colitis into remission.