Creeeeepy Crawlers

Does anyone else remember that easy bake oven for plastic bugs from the ‘90s? They’re squirmy, and wormy and purple and green….yes, it’s pathetic that I actually remember the song from the commercial.

Anyway, since it’s October (I can’t believe the whole summer is gone!), AND it’s Halloween, I thought a creepy post was in order to get into the fall spirit. This isn’t going to be about tablescapes or decorating, or what you should eat to get in the fall spirit, although I do recommend Honeycrisp apples. They are delicious.

 

My husband has Crohn’s disease and he hasn’t been feeling well lately. And by lately, I mean since about the middle of April/beginning of May. It’s horrible. Some days are better than others, of course, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the good days (like when he feels like he can leave the house to watch a game, or go to the grocery store) are followed by not so good days (when he can’t get out of bed).

 

So, we’ve been trying a lot of things to try to control the disease; since it’s not curable, all the docs can do is try to control the symptoms. The medicines don’t always work. And they can be scary- they suppress your immune system by lowering your white blood cell count, or go after inflammatory markers in your blood and eliminate them (kinda like chemo), or you could be on a round of steroids that you can’t stop.  In other words, NOT GOOD, but better than the alternative of vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, bloody stool and loss of appetite that you can have without them.

 

Sometimes, you just have to try things that may be a bit unconventional. I read A LOT about Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD is the umbrella term that includes Crohn’s disease, but also colitis) and I try to do as much as I can to spread awareness (our local chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is fantastic!), but there is STILL no cure.

 

One of the ideas that’s gaining a lot of ground is the “old friends” or “hygiene” hypothesis- basically, since we’ve become cleaner over the past 100 years and started wearing shoes and living in cities with indoor plumbing, we have inadvertently eliminated some symbiotic microorganisms that are beneficial to us, causing a bunch of bad stuff to happen like MS, autism, IBD, allergies and asthma. Of course, this is only a theory, but it’s one that makes sense to a lot of people, including us and to many physicians.

 

What did we do with this information? Wellllllllllllllllll, Dan is now the proud host of 100 hookworm- and we’re supposed to add 50 more for a grand total of 150 microscopic bloodsuckers that hopefully help. Don’t worry, you can’t catch them. Unless you decide to jump into a pile of infected poop.  Ew.

[Image Credit Jay Reimer ]

 

I told you they looked creepy! Check out those fangs!

 

So far, the little draculas have helped a bit. Dan has had some improvements, but nothing like what needs to happen to put him in a remissive state. Hopefully the little guys will do their job, suck some of Dan’s blood and make him better.

 

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

 

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