You've probably noticed that I don't blog as much as I used to. I've been pretty sick the last two years. Nothing new, just my usual auto-immune disease rearing it's ugly head. I've been more consistently sick the last two years than I have in the entire 10 years I've had my diagnosis.
Auto-immune diseases are assholes like that. You go through periods of remission where you feel pretty normal, and then your body rebels, the meds stop working, and you're right back to being sick.
My particular auto-immune disease is Crohn's disease. The usual treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as maintenance, and steroids when things get out of control.
Because my disease was getting out of control all the time, the doctors would try courses of steroids to get the inflammation back under control. If you're not familiar with steroids, they tend to make you swell up. Especially your extremities. If you've ever worn a pair of dressage tall boots, you know there is just no room for swelling in those things.
Since I was taking steroids so frequently, my tall dressage boots haven't fit me in a long time. Because of that, I haven't shown in a recognized show in over two years. I suppose I could have just bought a new pair of boots, but I'm cheap and I refuse to spend my money on a new pair of boots to fit my steroid-swollen legs. It's much easier to just say, "I'll show when my boots fit again."
A few months ago my doctors decided that my disease had advanced to the point where the standard NSAID treatment would never be therapeutic. I was steroid dependent, in that it was the only way to get my disease under control. So, they went for the big guns: Immune suppressants.
Not gonna lie, I was scared. The immune suppressant drugs have some pretty rotten side effects. But, Crohn's has even worse side effects, so maybe the drugs aren't so bad.
I'm a few weeks into my immune suppressant treatment, and so far I'm OK. I haven't noticed any side effects from it, but I'll have to have routine bloodwork for the rest of my life to make sure the immune suppressant drugs are behaving themselves.
The best part: I'm a week and a half steroid free, and my tall boots fit again.
|They need a serious cleaning, but at least they fit.|