Oh my, thanks for the heads up about
Pearl Harbor, Peety. I would have had no clue. I'll definitely gage how I am doing that day before committing to joining the family on that tourist trip. Might be a good day to just sit out in the sun with a good book by myself instead.
Thanks Elaine, I'll definitely be careful and stick to what I know about
my body. No new foods or crazy drinks or anything. I'm so looking forward to the trip!
Fruitgirl - good thinking about
the blackmail stories, hehe. I'll be sure to snap many pictures too. :) Oh the ammo I can collect while I'm there, ha ha! ;)
As an update - after a few days on pred, I seem to be doing a little better. Mornings are still rough, but by the afternoons, I feel like a new person. So hopefully after a few more days, it'll start having an effect on my mornings. I have 9 days till take off!
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda ( 2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate); Prednisone 40 mg daily
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :( Surgery may be my next option.