Thanks Old Hat! (and I hope you're keeping well)
I also wanted to post this message so that others who are studying, or are planning to study, don't get discouraged by UC.
At times, it was embarrassing going to class with a huge moon-face and feeling spaced out from prednisone and I wanted to tell my class-mates that this wasn't the 'real' me (I didn't tell anyone that I had UC); but then you realize that it's not that big a deal, and you just need to get on with doing your own thing - and still maintain a sense of humor, and the ability to laugh at yourself.
I had an interview during that time last year, and it ended up being something straight out of a comedy skit.
I had not eaten anything since the day before, because I wanted to be able to sit through the entire interview, and I was really, really spaced out from tapering prednisone. So, though I focused hard and answered all the interviewer's questions and calculations very well, I screwed up when at the end of the hour-long interview instead of saying 'bye' and walking out, I experienced momentary brain-freeze and actually said 'hello' to both interviewers...awkward moment/pregnant pause because they weren't sure what to say then...and then I walked out pretending nothing had happened.
Needless to say, they didn't call back - and I haven't gone back on prednisone since, and hopefully never again.
It's all good...
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet
Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 3/13/2009 10:50:03 AM (GMT-6)