Ditto!!!!! This place really helped to make the difference in being able to cope and give me a much better understanding of what he was going through. I am his advocate anyway but this forum educated me and empowered me to ask the right questions. At the Dr appts when things are discussed we are already in tuned and have an understanding of what is being explained.
Hubby doesn't spend the time on the computer like I do but I give him the "readers' digest" version so he is up to speed on alot of the UC topics here. Also our suggesting and requesting different tests, meds or whatever with the Dr due to my education on this forum instead of just waiting for the Dr to make suggestions. Fortunately both his Gastro Drs are very nice and good listeners which make it so easy to deal with. Likewise they both appreciate our involvement and interaction with the UC and they know we get a lot of our info from this very site and community.
And the best part is no question is too silly, gross or embarrasing.
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
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month