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Posted on Saturday 21 October 2006 at 4:16 pm

Exciting News!

My parents have returned to Texas and I'm exhausted. I'll put up a proper update regarding this week's activities later today or more likely tomorrow. In the mean time, I just had to share what I consider to be phenomenal news.

I went to the doctor's yesterday about my Crohn's. For about two years now, I've been taking a 250 mg capsule at the dosage of 4 pills, four times a day for 16 pills and 4000 mg a day. I know this same pill comes in a 500 mg amount. My old doctor had me on the 500 mg pill briefly and then switched me back to the 250 and I've never known why. My new doctor says she knows of no reason and is switching me back to the 500 mg pill so I only have to take 2 pills, four times a day. On its own, this would be fairly good news, but it gets better. I haven't had any major flair ups or complications in about a year-and-a-half so she said she doesn't think I need medication as often and would be fine with me switching to four pills, two times a day when I start taking the larger dosage pill. I'll still be taking the same 4000 mg of medication a day, but only having to take pills twice a day would just be amazing! No more carrying a pillbox in my pocket so I have the necessary medication with me at all time and no more having to worry about remembering to take medication right before class, or in the middle of a nice long hike in the woods, or whatever else it is interrupting. I can just take pills at my apartment when I get up in the morning and with dinner or before I go to bed. Plus, she wants to see me again in four months and if I'm still doing well with the new pill-talking schedule, we might be able to lower the dosage amount so I'll be taking less than the 4000 mg a day.

The only down side to this is that I will no longer be taking 24 pills a day and will not be able to say that I daily take my age in pills. Needless to say, that is a sacrifice I am willing to make to be able to only take pills twice a day.
Feeling: ecstatic


kileaiya at 8:37 pm on 21 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I remember the days of 16 or more pills in 24 hours. I don't have Crohn's, I just had a really bad car accident that had me on so many different types of meds, I can not even remember half of them. Mine were on an awful schedule as well, 3 or so at breakfast, a few more at brunch, the same at lunch, and then dinner. God I hate pills. I only have to take 1 now. =) And the occasional pain meds.

I am sooo, sooo glad you have a more manageable dose schedule now. And I really hope in four months time you can lower your dosage. :)
bratty_jedi at 10:26 pm on 21 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard a bit from you about your car accident. I can't imagine what something like that would be like. Crohn's can be bad but so far I've been very fortunate in that with medication I don't have too many complications. Unlike my cousin who also has Crohn's, doesn't take his meds, doesn't follow the recommended diet, and basically doesn't do what he should and has had to have surgery 3 or 4 times because he has had major problems. I should probably feel more sorry for him than I do, but I think it is partly his own fault so I just can't come up with much sympathy.
kileaiya at 10:50 pm on 21 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I have hard time offering sympathy to people who could prevent themselves pain and problems with a small effort.

Of course, that’s a tad hypocritical, as I usually flat out refuse pain medication when I am in pain. But I feel I have a valid reason for that. The stuff gives me the heebeejeebees. I feel so odd. o.O
lady_bracknell at 9:01 pm on 21 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Good news! I start every day with a handful of pills - I can only imagine what a hassle it muct be to have to take them through the day, whatever else you might be doing.
bratty_jedi at 10:28 pm on 21 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I can only imagine what a hassle it must be to have to take them through the day, whatever else you might be doing.

That has always been my biggest problem. I mean, technically nothing with my meds is changing since I'll be taking the same 4000 mg per day, but the rearranging so I don't have to do it during the day is so exciting. Of course, I feel like a bit of a dork that this gets me so ecstatic.
Raving Lunatic
molly_coddles at 12:32 am on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
That is great! Convenience is definitely worth celebrating! And good health as well ;)
bratty_jedi at 2:24 am on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I do feel a bit silly being this excited about it, but I can't stop feeling happy about it so I guess I'll just give up on the feeling silly. ;)
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:14 am on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's great news! Glad your condition's improving. One of my friends from high school Crohn's, and it's been rough going for her for a few months.
bratty_jedi at 2:23 am on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I had a bad time of it about six months after I got the original diagnosis. I was on steroids, antibiotics, and who knows what trying to get it under control again. I've been really lucky ever since. Here's hoping things stay that way.

All the best to your friend. I hope she gets to doing better soon.
littlepixiechic at 2:34 am on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
Hurray for less pill taking!

Although this does significantly reduce the cool factor of watching you swallow a gazillion pills all at once;)
bratty_jedi at 12:57 pm on 22 October 2006 (UTC) (Link)
I'll still be taking a gazillion pills at breakfast. Just not as many throughout the rest of the day.

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