Posted 5/2/2020 10:00 AM (GMT -6)
I've been flaring since Nov. I'm currently on 4 week prednisone taper, oral mesalamine which I've been on for 16 years, and just started azathioprine. I have been quite stressed about taking these medications. This is the first time I've been on immunosuppressants of any kind for my UC. I also work in healthcare. I asked to be placed on medical leave while on prednisone, but will have to return to work in 2 weeks. I'm not sure how different life will be for me going forward. I'm not sure if I will need to find a position with limited patient contact. In my current position, I have patient contact all day long. I typically don't get viruses and if I do, it's almost always mild. I'm concerned this will change. I'm concerned about working in the garden and changing the litter box. Stuff I never had to think about before. I feel like maybe I'm overreacting. I don't know. Of course, COVID-19 adds fuel to the fire.
How have your lives changed since starting immunosuppressants? Do you find yourself getting sick more often? How do you deal with the anxiety?
FWIW, I am planning on talking with a therapist about my anxiety.