I have somehow managed to wean myself off the prednisone!
Yay! :::: doing the Snoopy dance ::::
Yesterday, I took my last .5 mgs. For the last week, I have been alternating between the 1/2 and none.
Today is my first day with none to be followed by tomorrow, with none!
My body is fighting it still. Not horrible, but enough for me to notice. I can push throught the pain and swelling though, because it is worth it.
I think by the end of the week, the 'withdrawal' should be over and it will be a relief.
Prednisone, as most know, is bad for many reasons. It keeps weight on your body, and can mess with your blood counts. It started to do this to me. Not my sugar, which is common, but my cholesterol and triglycerides both shot up.
I am hopeful that they will return to normal when my internist retests me at the end or April/May.
Thank God, the Orencia is working! Otherwise, I would never have been able to even attempt getting off of it. Very soon, my body will adjust, and the prednisone will be a memory.
I am realistic though, that there may be times when I need a quick taper, but, I am hopeful that I will avoid daily prednisone for at least the forseeable future!
On the homefront, the kids are mostly better! Fuzzy's asthma situation is being managed well enough for him to attend school. This time of year is tough. Pumpkin's ears are good, and she is in school, too. Hammer, has a bit of a cold still, but since I homeschool him, we are working around it!
I hope this finds you all enjoying Spring! ha ha Here in NJ we had spring in January with temps in the 60's and now it is in the 30's and 40's. Go figure!