Hello dear readers,
Another busy time over in the world of Tom. Lots of things non-Crohn’s related have been going on over here hence the radio silence online lately! Work as always over the summer is busy, I am sorting out things to move house, and I am getting ready to purchase a new car following the demise of my trusty little van. Hopefully the little beast should be in my possession tomorrow which is very exciting.
In terms of the Crohn’s stuff there have been developments here too. I am now back on the Azathioprine which is being controlled and monitored very closely. The dose has been started quite low – 50mg and is being increased by increments of 50mg each week up to 175mg. Before going onto this drug my IBD nurse talked me through a lot of the possible side effects which I found out are extensive. In order to make sure that I am not showing signs of these side effects my blood is being monitored on a very regular basis; I am currently on a month of weekly blood tests, which will be followed by monthly blood tests for a couple of months, then dropping back to tests every three months to check that the drug isn’t causing any damage. It’s a lot of trips to the hospital but its needed to keep tabs on things.
Longer term I will be having a series of stool samples which will allow my consultant to see if the Azathioprine is making much difference to my Crohn’s. This is something that has been developed quite recently I gather. Previously I would have had to have had a colonoscopy to keep track of my Crohn’s, but thanks to the impressive research going on into the disease they can now monitor it with stool samples. I know I have mentioned about Crohn’s and Colitis UK in the past and the work they allow to happen through the funding they help to provide. This makes a huge difference and is a great demonstration of the progress being made into understanding the disease.
Just a small update for you there, thanks for reading people! Have a great evening.