I’m sorry I didn’t respond to you sooner. I saw your post this morning and was about
to respond to it when the telephone rang. It was my wife and she was in a car accident. Fortunately no one was hurt but her car is probably a write off. She was sideswiped by a minivan that was coming out of a parking lot onto the road. The rear door and quarter panel were damaged and possibly the rear tire. Surprisingly both airbags deployed. The passenger side airbag deployed with such force that it shattered the front windshield. Today we had our first major snow storm this season hear in Toronto but I don’t think it attributed to the accident very much. The snow was just starting this morning when the accident happened. We had about
20 cm (almost 8 inches) of snow today.
me, it has been 8 ½ weeks since surgery and I am feeling a lot stronger except for the return of my arthritis. Arthritis was a major problem for me at least 8 months before surgery. Immediately after surgery it completely went away. about
a week ago it came back in my hands and wrists. In fact it was a lot worse than it ever has been in those body parts. Actually I have never had it in my wrists before. It made it very difficult to do anything with my hands until they loosened up in the afternoon. A few days ago arthritis in my knees has returned but it isn’t as bad as it has been. I was thinking that I am strong enough to go back to work but because of the arthritis I don’t think I am. I still take a nap for an hour or two in the afternoon.
The skin around my stoma has healed somewhat but is still a little irritated. Today was the first day I changed my bag without the home care nurse helping. She was visiting twice a week but now wants to cut back to once. Two days ago I cleared the snow in our driveway with the snow blower and I managed OK. My wife has been clearing it up until then. Soon as I post this I’m headed out again to clear the snow. I know I’ll be totally exhausted when I’m done and I’ll have to take a nap or go to bed early. My wife will do all the work required with a shovel.
I almost forgot. Last Monday we had that annual holiday lunch with my work colleagues. It was nice seeing the guys again. I didn’t want to look to health or they would think I’m able to go back to work. LOL
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC. Colon removed October 20/08.
Bad reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Abatacept trial - no effect