What do you do on the day of your infusion?

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   Posted 5/3/2010 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Other people take sick days for a cold, but me – I came to work this afternoon after my remicade infusion at 7:30am this morning!

I am quite proud :-)

The infusion runs from 7:30 to around 11:30 but I figured if I could, I would like to go to work afterwards, and use my sick days for other occasions!

Does anyone else go to work on the same day as their infusions? I am pretty sleepy and I have a headache but I am pushing through!

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   Posted 5/3/2010 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was working, got the first appointment and went in late to work. Now that I'm unemployed, I get it at 9am, it finishes around 11am, and I go home and lay around; it doesn't really change my schedule.
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   Posted 5/4/2010 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
i go to work and leave at 1ish and then get the infusion.
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently off Pred.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 1st Remicade infusion a week and a half ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Every infusion is a little different for me but I generally feel fine except for being a little drowsy from the benedryl premeds. about a hour after the infusion though I start to get flu like symptoms for a while and ache for a day or 2 before getting back to feeling normal. I know do my infusions around 1 pm and get home around 5 pm which gives me the rest of the evening to just relax.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually work the mornings and leave after lunch. I get done around 4:30 and then head home to relax.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1998. Been on and off pred, entocort, immuran, asacol. Currently on Remicade every 6 weeks along with Asacol. Began having joint pain 01/2010.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't mind working after my infusion buy by the time I would get to work, it would be time to go home.  That said, I take a sick or personal day.  I hate doing this but at least I have some "me time".  I can relax afterwords and get any errands I need to do done.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I go to work right after my infusion.  The first few times were hard just simply due to complete exhaustion!  The one I had last week was the first time I wasn't tired, but I did take a 2 hour nap :)
31 year old female
diagnosed with Crohn's disease July 2006
12/09 discovered I had 2 fistulas and an abscess

Recently started Remicade 12/09 in hopes to avoid surgery

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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I made the mistake of doing my first infusion in the morning, timed perfectly so I could go to an afternoon meeting with a client. I was so groggy and miserable the rest of the day, I decided to swap times.

I now do my infusions at 1:30 (the latest the infusion center will let me) after having gone to work, then go home and take a nap. Works out much better that way.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22. Also dealing with gastroparesis & GERD.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Reglan, Prilosec, Hyoscyamine

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   Posted 5/4/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That’s actually a really good idea, I hadn’t thought of asking for an afternoon infusion! I might ask if that’s possible next time I get booked in – though yesterday worked well and I didn’t feel bad at work; I don’t take pre-meds so I don’t get overly sleepy, though usually about an hour in I get tired and have a nap.
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