Category Archives: immune suppression

Shingles sucks.

About two weeks ago was mid-way through my latest Remicade cycle, so the ideal time to get the flu shot. I figured I’d feel mildly gross for two days or so, and be back at work by Monday. That did … 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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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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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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Scary times

Hi everybody. I haven’t been posting for a while because I’ve been sick a lot. Some of the time I was sick from colds being passed around because of the new school year, but some of it was Crohn’s. Twice … Continue reading

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Disability Tax Credit — falling through the cracks again

Canada’s Disability Tax Credit is supposed to help lower the tax burden on “persons with disabilities or their supporting persons.” Registered disability savings plans (RDSPs) are also available to people who qualify for the tax credit to help fund the long-term care … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’m OK!

I went on a holiday a few weeks ago. It was the first actual holiday I’d gone on in years. I’m lucky to have a boss who understands that a) my horrible attendance isn’t something I have control over, b) everyone … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and psoriasis versus virus: nasal edition

Long time no see again. Here I am, off sick again. Last week I worked a total of about 7 hours. This week I’ve done about 1 hour’s work. I am annoyed. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve caught … Continue reading

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Back from the blackout, with a backlog

The last two months have been interesting. Work has been picking up, and, of course, I got a pile of it dumped on me just as I was heading into my “blackout period” — the week or so during which … Continue reading

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