Insofar as the blood work goes - the Dr has blood tests done every month. This new Dr at Mayo clinic will only write a prescript
ion month by month. After he gets the blood test he will ok another month's dose. He gave us an order for one full year so it certainly looks like hubby will need to do this for a full year. From the above posts this seems a little over the top but we will do as he says.
The prometheus tests (3 different ones) all came back on the very bottom scale of everything and he is quite certain this higher dose should be ok but this is how he does it.
By the way.............Blue cross rejected the bills from Prometheus "out of network". I'll call them tomorrow. I hope I can convince them to pay this - it is almost $900. If they won't pay it I will try calling Prometheus to see if they will lower the charges for an independent pay situation which someone wrote in on the forum about
awhile back which I would have never thought of.
Wonder if they'll have a problem with the monthly blood draws. I would think not.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month