not to be a downer, but, I went back to school at age 37 I'm now 46. I did great during school, but towards the end, and the beginning of my new career, things went down hill. I am an occupational therapist & I worked in acute hospital setting. My job is very physical, but one thing I did not consider was being in a "germy" situation. I was told by my GI to try another setting, the hospital, & my low immune system was not working well together. Plus the health care system has changed to a business now & the downsizing affects all & the stress level was too much for me. Long story short, I am now on disability. I have had CD for more than 25+years. I guess I saying go for it, but work in a setting like a doc office or something with lower stress than a hospital.
Dx with CD 1987, 3 colon resections, 3 rectal abscess sx, 2 level anterior cervical neck fusion with plate & screws,6/2008. Major depression/anxiety, kidney stones & sx to remove, now 45 yrs old. Still trying to figure out this disease & all the little extra complications that come with this rollarcoaster of a life with CD. Meds:Humira 40mg every other wk, Imuran .75 daily, welchol 625 x 3 daily, cymbalta 60 mg 2xdaily, Wellbutrin xl 150mg 1x daily, fish oil, folic acid,Vit B12,inject monthly, Oscal w/Vit D, xanex .5 nightly, Gabapentin 600 mg 3x daily, Soma 350 mg nightly & Tramadol/apap 37.5/325 mg 3-4x daily