A blog about living with ulcerative colitis and healing a flare using integrative medicine
I ended up starting the 6MP earlier than I had planned because my symptoms were getting worse and worse since about January 2nd (a wonderful start to the new year). They were actually so bad that I went on a self-imposed liquid diet for several days and then started working in rice, millet, and eggs very slowly.
The 6MP did not kick in right away like it did in 2009, but at least I’ve started it, and hopefully I’ll notice some effects soon (even though it can take 2-3 months to work). Actually, yesterday was better than the days before, and today was better than yesterday, so maybe it is starting to kick in. Of course, I also reduced my dose of Cipro yesterday, so I guess there’s a chance that played a part in today’s improvement since I think I might be resistant to Cipro by now and maybe it started to hurt rather than help me. I don’t know if that makes sense, but quite often with this flare, things haven’t made sense. So I am going to assume that’s a possibility. At this point, though, I don’t care as much as I did before about knowing what works, as long as something works.
Today the weather was really beautiful. The sun finally came out after days of rain and fog, and the temperature reached 60° (which reminds me, I need to get back to saving the world from global warming once I’m in remission). I went for a short walk with my dad and my dog, took a glorious nap once back home, then went to the Brigham for an iron infusion. (I’m having another set of those…4 down, 1 to go.) I got bloodwork done, too, which I asked for since I’ve been bleeding a lot lately and have had low energy as a result, so I expect I’ll need a blood transfusion and needed the bloodwork to confirm that.
I started seeing a therapist last week. I loved the therapist I saw at Children’s Hospital when I was there for two months, and I learned from that experience that you don’t need to be crying yourself to sleep every night or have symptoms of this-or-that mental issue to benefit from therapy; there’s more to it than that. They can help you see things differently, and that is always a good thing.