I was off work for the majority of 2 months at the beginning of the year. But although I try and keep a brave face and struggle through the day I have been sent home from work on numerous occasions by my managers since being diagnosed. I am still on reduced hours now since being off the beginning of the year and I am not sure when I am going to be able to return full time, and things are still very much up in the air, and VERY up and down.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have such a fantastic employer who let me change my rota/hours round depending on how I'm feeling. And if on the days where I'm just trying to put a brave face on and not be a bother to anyone, they can tell and quite often just tell me to go home and rest! I feel so much for those of you who don't have supportive employers, I simply do not know how I would have coped if mine weren't.
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily:
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository, Asacol suppository (alternating nights)1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety), Probiotic Multivitamins, Nutren Build up drinks.