24 March 2010

I may be barren but....

...at least my colon is happy!!!!

I saw my gastroenterologist this afternoon for my yearly check up and I'm absolutely thrilled with my visit. I've been taking medication to manage my ulcerative colitis for almost five years and since I've been doing well, which we both attribute to going gluten-free AND having the endo removed, she thinks that I may be able to go off of my medication!

WOOHOO!!!!!!

I honestly never thought that it would be possible since five years ago I was so sick. Before our wedding I was on steroids and my UC wasn't being managed well at all. Actually right before Mr. JB proposed I was so sick that I was barely eating and I was disgustingly thin. Since I've been on my current meds my disease has been in remission and I haven't looked back.

So my GI wants me to have a colonoscopy in May to see what's going on and if things are good we're going to wean off of the meds. I'm a little bit hesitant since it took such a long time to find a medication that I wasn't allergic to and that my body responded well to. But my doctor also said that she's had many patients go off of the meds and have gone on to have happy, healthy lives.

I really hope that five years from now I will be able to write about how well my ladyparts work!!!

I'm overjoyed at the thought of being able to take less medicine. I joked with the doctor today about my "old lady pill sorter" and I know that it would only mean three less pills, but it would help!

In cycle news, I'm on CD8 and my spotting has finally stopped. Thank God that it was just light red spotting, no brown in sight!!!! I wish that I would have a shorter cycle, but the past three days have been so light that I've gotten away with just a liner. Honestly, I would be rich if I didn't spend on all of the feminine products in my endo days!

p.s. Are any of you watching P.arenthood??? I'm totally in love with the show! I just watched last night's episode and I thought, "Really? So your new favourite show is about parents?" Ironies of ironies, eh?

14 comments:

  1. When I read "...at least my colon is happy!!!!", burst out laughing! Although I don't have the UC, I can totally relate to my colon determining how good of a day I'm having. Just today I was thinking of a doctor that I fired that had me thinking that I was totally at fault for my colon troubles and she had me panicked at the thought that it would be worse in pregnancy. Well, pregnancy has it's own colon troubles but I can honestly say that my colon troubles pregnant are nothing compared to pre-surgery! I'm so happy for you that yours is doing so well. And I honestly think that every less pill the better. Let us know when your colonoscopy will be so that we can pray for you!

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  2. Yay! So glad to hear the good news about your colon and medication! ;)

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  3. That is awesome news! I agree with Living Advent - when the colon is happy, JBTC is happy! ;) I don't know much about UC, but I am so glad that it sounds like you are healing up great! In other totally non-related colon news - Duke better pull of the win tomorrow! My bracket is riding on them! God Bless and I hope you have a great rest of the week!

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  4. Parenthood? what channel does that play on?

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  5. I know from experience: A happy colon makes a happy camper. Glad to hear it.

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  6. That is awesome! I'm so glad to hear the GF diet (and surgery) were so successful for you :). I can't remember if you've posted this before, but are you celiac, or have you ever been tested for it?

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  7. So glad you are feeling that good! That is excellent! I have been meaning to check out that show for weeks, I think you just inspired me to start recording it!

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  8. That's amazing! So good to hear.

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  9. yummy happy colon! I understand....Totally understand!

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  10. I'm glad your colon is doing well. I hope the upcoming colonoscopy allows you to eliminate the UC medication.

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  11. Yay for getting off medication! That is amazing to be seeing some improvements!

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  12. That is good news. I am sure all the changes have made a big difference.

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  13. My husband and I have become addicted to Parenthood. It's such a great show and I am glad that Lauren Graham is back on TV. I missed her when Gilmore Girls went off the air!

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