I just went down from 40 mg to 35 mg this past Saturday. I think I've been on the 40 for a couple of months now though just to get through the day.
As for the moon face at school! I will be dealing with it starting this Wednesday, but I really don't mind. People will have to accept me for what I am no matter what stage of medication and disease I am in. I can't say I'm terribly worried :) Randy is totally right in that most classes will have so many people and and they will probably not notice anything although occasionally I will be wearing a face mask during flu season and I will be taking x-number of of my 15+ daily pills, but if I can handle it then so can they. As for how my true friends have handled it, I've had so many people say it's cute so I don't know. Personally, I feel funny with my face so round, but I'd take it over a flare any day...and it gives me an excuse to wear my hair down.
I am SO glad you've decided to stay on your medication. I really think it will make things easier for you..god college can be so stressful sometimes haha. The feeling on completing a semester is amazing though. What kind of classes are you taking by the way? I'm starting the first round of my physics, math, and chemistry as well as a psychology course..trying to take it easy with 13 hours, but I am hoping my diet and medication will keep doing well while I try and keep the stress levels down.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.