Remission it is!!

I walked into the endoscopy center nervous  and exhausted. Only having two hours of sleep, and a meal of chicken broth and jello the day before, I just wanted to get it over with. I was called to the back and the nurse that greeted me gave me a big smile which eased my nerves. After signing some paperwork and changing into a gown I laid in the bed while she was preparing the IV. Out of the blue she said to me”You’re so brave, my daughter who’s 26 is just a big baby” I slightly chuckled and smiled in response. That was very sweet of her to say, but I really just wanted her to insert the IV without it being painful lol . .  Of course it was painful lol

Soon after I was taken to the room and  small talked with my GI who was in a chipper mood, he looked good lol I quickly passed out. The anesthesiologist did a good job, I woke up fully alert. After drinking my fruit punch juice box I was sitting crossed leg in the bed looking at pictures of my colon while chit-chatting with the nurse waiting for my GI. A completely different vibe than last year’s colonoscopy, I was like a pro and a little too comfortable.

After my colonoscopy my GI stated that if he did not know my medical history he would not have been able to tell by how good my colon looked. He said it looks like I have a normal colon, he was a happy man lol I have never seen him smile so much lol  The only things he noticed was Localized erythema with no bleeding in the rectum, cold forceps were performed and non-bleeding internal hemorrhoids. Definitely an improvement.

The exiting news according to my GI is that I have reached remission! I will have to remain on Humira for now, but will start weaning off the other drugs. First one is the infamous Prednisone, which by mid January I will be completely off the drug! I’m more excited getting off Prednisone than remission to be honest lol.

I guess Humira was my saving grace . . . It’s nice to have happy news going into the New Year. I am very grateful.

Humira it is . . . .

Earlier this week I FINALLY saw my GI, even though it was only for 5 minutes. .The PA and my GI both agreed that the next step of my treatment is Humira.  Since I’ve been bleeding for the past month and the low dosage of prednisone has had no effect, and Apriso has never worked (I believe), they believe Humira is the next best thing.  My application has been submitted and I assume I just wait to hear from my GI office to pick it up or it’s being shipped to me? Of course I’m confused as always. I’ll send an email to followup.

In the meantime I was given a practice pen and a pamphlet to read, still haven’t read it just tossed it to the side. . . I really should care, but I’m not excited.  To be honest, I rather take pills any day over an injection. It’s like my condition is at a new level when pills are no longer working, its scary.   The PA highly suggested that I come in for my first injection but of course her earliest time is 8:30am, I need to be at work by 8:30 . . . so I said that’s not going to work.  I can’t take time off right now. I’ve been at this new job for 6 weeks and they know nothing about my illness. I would like to keep it that way for as long as I can.   Also, I don’t believe its smart to get an injection of a new drug and go straight to work, I might have bad side effects. I’ll just have to be a big girl and do it myself, I think I’ll be fine. Also, I have been playing phone tag with my Humira Ambassador. I plan to take time to actually speak with her, but its difficult to have any private conversations at this new job . . I’ll have to figure it out.