Ulcerative Colitis Diary: I Got The Green Light For New Medication!
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on January 12, 2011
I went to see my Ulcerative Colitis Professor today and I discussed the prospect of trying steroids for my UC. I was happy he agreed with me that I do need to try something different after over five years of waiting for the UC to settle by itself with UC maintainance meds.
The medication will be Prednisone. It is a type of medication that will reduce the immune system’s response and thus reduce the inflammation in my large colon. I’ve had this before, but in conjunction with another medication for another problem of mine. It worked then and I see no reason it wont work now.
I will start off on the lowest dose first, for four to eight weekes, then gradually come off them and see how things go.
Of course, there is draw backs to this type of medication. The Side Effects are not very nice! However, I’m not on that higher a dose nor will I am be on them constantly to develop such an extreme reaction. But I will have some side effects nonetheless. Some people would view these side effects as not worth the effort. But let me tell you, if you’ve been constantly ill going from mild to moderate variations of the same disease for such a long time with not much change then you’d risk it!
Obviously I’m well aware of the adverse reactions as I’m not stupid enough to walk in to this having not done any research. The Prof today thought he was telling me something when he explained about the Prednisone, thanks Prof! You gonna teach me to suck eggs next?
I think the Prednisone will affect me negatively in a mental and physical way, however, if a month or two of low mood, acne and mood swings is the price to pay for a potential year of no UC, then so be it. If I have to keep taking them to keep the UC at bay then I will have to try something else because on and off use of Prednisone will mess up my body. What that will be? Um, well… we’ll have to see!
Anyway, I should be starting them next week, I have to get ym Flu vac first, and then wait for the Prof’s recommendation to get to my GP. Once I start taking them I’ll document how it goes.
On another note, I had a strange Taxi driver take me to the hospital. He was joking about some of the none white people he get’s in his cab. Most do this, but most do it in obvious jest. Funny thing is I couldn’t tell if he was being serious or not as everything he said seemed to be in jest as to cover his overt ignorant statements.
The Chinese are “Dummies” and don’t “Know what they’re doing here.” I assume he means in the country.
Jews are “Lazy.” He says this because they hire a taxi to go a half a mile.
Pakistanis are “The worse for it”, regarding disputing fares.
And women can’t drive.
When he said the final comment about women drivers I said, with a smirk, you’ve insulted pretty much everyone, and before I could finish he said: “What I’m saying is I only like White English People hahaha”. The way he said it was like a purposely overt ignorant remark but said in jest so he could always retract it if we took offence to it.
I laughed along with him to see how far he’d go, offering up questions like “What about the Nigerians?” Before I got to the BNP question the convo changed and we were at the hospital. I’m pretty sure he was being an ignorant idiot, this seems to be a retro way of being ‘racist’ without being bollocked for it because you can say you were only joking if someone get’s offended by it.
How very strange, racism masked by humour!