Hi Mathgeek, and welcome to Healingwell. I can remember being in the same shoes as you; just dx'd and worried about
my job. I managed to work through my worst days (not sure how!) and ended up having to admit I wasn't well when I passed out at work. I finally ended up on Remicade, and I'm in Remi remission right now. I can imagine it's really difficult to teach and deal with this illness. I think the course of meds will probably be determined on how severe and where your colitis is located. It's hard to say what meds they will try first because all of us react so differently. Have you already met with your GI? Make sure you bring a list of questions for him/her and also remember that they are partnering with you to battle this disease. Let us know how the doc appt. goes, and again, welcome to HW! You'll find a very supportive and knowledgeable group of folks here....also very nice!