Thankfully, MS has been completely invisible. Maybe it's hiding in the corner reading a book like a good little chronic illness.
This isn't the place to bitch and moan about my UC, especially, when some of you are having your asses kicked by MS, but I just wanted to post a brief update on what's going on with me since I've been so silent for a while. Here are the highlights of my last three weeks--sans all the gross details:
- I started having a UC flare a few weeks ago but had no GI doc to call because I am a non-compliant patient. Basically, because I've been flare free for years now, I ignore the fact that I have UC. I was diagnosed in 1994 and have never had symptoms as severe as what I'm dealing with lately. At times, I've been on GI meds and I've had a lot of luck in the past with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, but for the last several years, I've done squat.
- After a week of symptoms, I sucked it up and called my primary care physician to ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist, explaining that I no longer had a connection to a GI doc and my insurance has changed a few times since then anyway. I saw the new GI doc who put me on meds that I've had success with in the past and scheduled a colonoscopy for next month. I managed to feign surprise that it has been more than 8 years since my last one. UC patients are supposed to have a colonoscopy every year.
- Symptoms continued and worsened and the GI doc switched me to another med. Then, I got dehydrated. Then, I spent about 7 hours in the ER on Wednesday night getting IV fluids.
- Tomorrow, I have to have more lab tests to rule out infectious diseases and, Monday, if things haven't improved, I'll be switching to the next phase of meds.
- And so it goes.