Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, fmla, Infusions, short-term disability

FMLA Update – Week Two – Five

For the past month of my FMLA leave, I have been trying to balance living in the moment and doing things with friends and family while also taking care of my health.  I’ve begun taking longer walks than I had previously over the past month and even tried some yoga for arthritis.  Though it felt… Continue reading FMLA Update – Week Two – Five

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions, Medical Benefits

Healthcare Bluebook

In the United States, health care and cost of services can vary between both doctors and facilities.  The most extreme example of this that I have personally witnessed is the cost for both Entyvio and the nurse to infuse it.  I have received Entyvio infusions from four different locations – two hospital outpatient infusion clinics,… Continue reading Healthcare Bluebook

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions

Infusion Day

Good evening, my hooman friends!  I am Lauren’s puppy doctor – Dr. K-9! Today was her Entyvio infusion and she will also be getting her Methotrexate injection before bed, so I’ve ordered LOTS of rest.  Her nurse gave her Benadryl before starting her infusion, so my mom and I took a nap on the couch… Continue reading Infusion Day

Alex's Caregiver Corner, Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions

De-stressing Family Situations

Hello everyone, Alex here again. Lauren had her infusion today, so I decided to do another edition of Alex's Caregiver Corner. Today, I want to talk about family and friends, those wonderful crazy people that helped raise you and made you the great person you are. Family and friends can be great, but when you… Continue reading De-stressing Family Situations

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions

Keeping Cozy

Today’s post is a bit shorter than most, as I haven’t been feeling well.  With pain top of mind today, I wanted to touch on what clothes I find the most comfortable on bad pain days. When I’m in a lot of pain, the texture of clothing is a big thing that helps me.  Though… Continue reading Keeping Cozy

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions

The Agony of Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) typical comes on after normal gut flora is destroyed or altered by antibiotics.  It grows and multiplies – overpopulating the bacteria in your intestines.  C. diff damages cells and mucosal, triggers inflammation, and forms a yellow plaque over the damage.  Common symptoms are fever, cramps, abdominal pain, and uncontrollable diarrhea. Since… Continue reading The Agony of Clostridium difficile

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions, Travel

Wedding Planning with Chronic Illness

One of the first things my now-husband and I did once engaged (after telling our families) was pick a date.  Since I’m on Entyvio, which typically has an eight-week infusion cycle, and we knew we wanted a fall wedding, we picked a few dates that would be in the middle of my infusion schedule.  We… Continue reading Wedding Planning with Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness/Autoimmune, Infusions

The Adventure of My Port & Me

February is my Portiversary month!  I have a single lumen power port that was placed two years ago. Once upon a time, I had good veins that nurses were able to access.  After the many IVs started during my hospitalizations over the four months I had c diff and received multiple potassium infusions (which hurt… Continue reading The Adventure of My Port & Me