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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 6/9/2007 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone,
I have been very busy at work and have found very little time to post.  I thought I'd let you know how things are going.  Good news always cheers us up.
My June blood tests were again good and my heptologist has lowered my Prednisone to 8mg. I'm really pleased.  I was expecting another three months on 9mg and did not even ask about lowering the dose.  Next taper will only be .5mg as he reminded me I have flared badly at 7.5 on two occasions.  But as long as it's going down and I feel good and the tests are going well, what's .5mg. 
At the end of last month I decided to have a break from the chinese medicine.  The change to my system (if there is a change) will show in bloods over the next month or so I suppose.  If things go backwards I will return to Dr. Chen but I thought a year might be enough.  (at $130.00 per week it certainly was enough cost).
I'm still taking 10mg Lexapro each night for my depression.  I cut to 5mg for about a week but became very upset at school over something that shouldn't have worried me.  Part of my depression was feelings about my age and my ability to continue to do my job well.  Whilst on the lower dose I was dropped from a school working team which I had been involved with for five years, replaced by a young girl, without being told.  (the list was published and my name was missing).  I could think of nothing else for the next few days so returned to 10mg.  Now my thoughts are how fortunate I am.  One less job to do and more time to spend with my beautiful granddaughter.  I'm going to stay on 10mg until the mid year break at the end of this month.  No need to taper the medication at the busiest time of the semester.
One disappointing thing.  We are currently enjoying a long weekend in Australia - the Queen's Birthday Weekend.  We had a lovely weekend planned with close friends who we regularly go away with.  Unfortunately we have had very bad storms and the power was off at the holiday house on Friday night when we arrived - after driving through very heavy rain, high winds, avoiding branches and trees on the roads.  There were 53000 homes without power on the Central Coast.  We were advised that the power would not be on until Sunday at best so had to return home.
Sorry I have not replied to posts for the last two weeks.  I'll get back to it a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I hope you are all doing well.
Take care.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/10/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Marg, so good to hear that you are doing well. I think it's a wise idea to go off the Chinese regimen for a while, to see how your blood work responds.

Too bad about your weekend getaway plans being a washout. Hopefully, you can give it another try soon.


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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 6/11/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad to hear from you and that things are going so well. Congrats on the lowering of the pred and your blood levels. Please keep us updeatd and good luck with mid semsters tests.


Pink Grandma
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 6/11/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back Marg, we missed your posts. Great news about the predisone and your blood work. :-) Thoughts and prayers.....Pink Grandma

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   Posted 6/12/2007 2:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone. I always know I can count on you for support in good and bad times.

Take care.

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   Posted 6/12/2007 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Marg, I am so glad the bloodwork is good, and I wouldn't worry one bit about decreasing your Lexapro, if it works, why try to lower it? Mother Nature sure does know how to ruin plans,,,280 papers to grade doesnt sound fun to me, btw, lol (from your other post)
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