Should I go to work tomorrow?

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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
The past several weeks I've been dealing with a severe Crohn's flare. (My doctor said it was one of the worst colonoscopies she has ever seen.) 2 weeks ago, my blood labs and continued symptoms suggested the Prenisone has not decreased my inflammatory markers. My doctor wrote a note for a week of bed rest, not only because I was absolutely exhausted from the pain, sickness, and the Prednisone itself, but also to give my body the best chance to heal. Although I was planning to begin Humira the day after the appointment, my doctor said there was a chance the Humira wouldn't work/was administered too late and surgery might need to be considered. After the initial 4x40mg doses of Humira the next day and tapering down 5mg of my Prednisone dose, I've been sleeping through the night as well as napping during the day (>12 hours of sleep). I feel better because I'm rested. (The Prednisone and symptoms have been made sleeping more than 2 hours at a time impossible.) My pain (joint/muscle/abdominal) is still up and down (between a 3 and a 7.5), and I can tell my mental acuity and emotional stability is still dramatically reduced from the fatigue and pain. I work as a graduate student, and my main project right now is writing a research paper, which is something I can do from home. My boss has been and is extremely understanding because her brother happens to have a severe case of Crohns. I don't want to push myself and end up losing my colon because of it, but at the same time I don't want to use my disease as an excuse. What do you think? Should I stay home?
26 years old. Diagnosed with Crohn's disease March 2008. Battled a C. diff infection from Summer 2009-Spring 2010. Have been dealing with a severe flare for the past several weeks.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My vote is to use the day to do what you think you'll be able to do more effectively. If that is writing, then write where you feel you'll be able to do it most effectively.

For me, that would be (and often was) at home in bed / on couch with notepad and hot water bottle, or at computer with hot water bottle and painkillers.

Even healthy academics stay home to write a lot of the time.
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