I have never had to miss work for a flare. Fortunately, I have a desk job, so I can do what I need to do, when I need to do it. When I am feeling bad, I find that work has a way of taking my mind off how ugly I feel. So, I don't mind going in to work when I am flaring.
I refuse to succumb to this dumb disease. I just won't give in... I won't let it win. I go about my life as if I were the healthiest person in the world. Don't get my wrong, I don't ignore it. I take my medications religiously and otherwise try to take good care of my body. I see my GI every 6 months, regardless of whether I am flaring or in remission.
The key, for me anyway, is to monitor my symptoms closely. You will feel better when you achieve remission. Then, you keep an eye on things. As you feel yourself sliding into a flare, you learn to nip it right away. The earlier you can catch a flare, usually, the easier it can be to treat it back into remission.
Wearing many hats: Mother, Wife, Daughter, Professional, Sister, Friend
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Multi-Vitamin (1x per day)