Author Archives: Sickie

Here we go again: another EAP backlog

The last week has been fairly trying. It started off last week with me eating something that would normally not be a problem, but that obviously was not OK for me to eat so far into the treatment cycle: vegetarian … Continue reading

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Scraping by

The last two treatment cycles have been weird. Two cycles ago was great. I had a lot of energy and didn’t feel sick for most of the time. Work went very well. I also had the energy to do some … Continue reading

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50 shades of fatigue?

Sometimes I find it hard to explain the fatigue I experience to other people so that they can understand why I have so much trouble working consistently. It’s not just being tired, like feeling tired after a long day. The … Continue reading

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Worried again

So I had Remicade less than 2 weeks ago, but, since then, I’ve still missed work 50% of the time because of fatigue, and still have ulcers up my nose and psoriasis in my ears, etc. It’s almost as if I … Continue reading

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Medical records: the plot thickens

In the previous post, I described how I had called my doctor’s office to ask someone to look through my chart to find out when I was last vaccinated for mumps and whether I am immune to mumps; a week … Continue reading

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Medical records: the lost years

There is an outbreak of mumps in my city, so I figured it’s time to check when I last got vaccinated against this disease. I called my doctor’s office to find out what they had in my records about all … Continue reading

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13 years of Remicade behind me

I started Remicade in February 2004. If I had a child as old as the length of time I’ve been on Remicade, he or she would be entering high school in the fall.

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What? I’m not sick?

I should probably be knocking wood here, but I haven’t been sick for almost 2 months, which must be some kind of record. Unfortunately, my partner has been sick with a virus for almost two weeks now. We haven’t been … Continue reading

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Just try harder

One of the things I hate very much about having a chronic/intermittent illness is that I can’t predict when I’ll be well enough to do the things I’d said I’d do or that I’d like to do, and when I’ll … Continue reading

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Bring on the dairy!

A number of people, even doctors, have expressed surprise that I don’t have problems digesting dairy products. There is a common belief that people with Crohn’s are lactose intolerant. Lactose is broken down by lactase, and lactase is produced in … Continue reading

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