Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I think I did it!

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!

Be well,



jckfrstross said...

enjoy your week


stansgirl2004 said...

WEather's insane here in NY glad to hear that the kids are better
Hugs, Marina

lv2trnscrb said...

so happy you were able to wean down on the prednisone, Dawn!! Wonderful news!


klconard1 said...

Dawn dear, I am rejoicing with you!  Prednisone is indeed a mixed blessing ---- very like a blessing with its own inescapable curses attached to it.  I am praying you will be enabled to permanently escape the daily need for it!  Congratulations!  Yay for Orencia!!!!!

Yes -- in Kansas we also had spring in January and February --- broke an all-time record high several weeks ago --- it was over 78 degrees that day!  Now we have snow and lows in the low 20's this week with highs in the 30's!
All of this just as I was getting all excited about my spring porch garden lol!
loving you

sangrialel said...

I am so glad this is working for you!!!  I will do a the happy dance for you here too!  Linda

lrttklly said...

Snoopy dancing with you!
I'll be saying some special prayers for you, Fuzzy and Pumpkin.

sunnyside46 said...

hey girl, you keep on dancing...Marti

cdittric77 said...

Well done! I felt just as happy when I weened myself off daily klonopin. Awesome job!


hadonfield78 said...

I am so very happy for you.............
That is great news.........
Someone up in heaven thinks your pretty special..............
and someone here in Illinios does too..........

eml625 said...

I am so glad to hear your off the prednisone. Hope your body adjusts to not having it quickly.

Sping??? Not here in NY!!


sdoscher458 said...

I guess at some points its always one step at a time. I'm happy the other is working for you...Sandi

thebaabee said...

I am so happy everyone is getting well.  Way happy about the Orencia working tool and weaning off Prednisione.  Although, I must confess that I am a tad jealous of you.  I had to go back on.  Seems as if I cannot go lower than 10 mgs.
Yay!!! for you my friend.  Hugs, Lu

gabreaelinfo said...

That's great. When my husband was on it way back when for his MS it gave him ulcers.



dornbrau said...

I'm so happy for you.  Sometimes its hard to choose between bad and worse.  My husband and son both made instinctive decisions against potential addictive medicines prescribed to them by their doctors.  At first it was hard for me to resist insisting that they do as the doctors ordered, but I'm the biggest preacher of 'listen to your body', so I let it go, and I'm glad I did.  Good luck with your battle, it seems you have full control.

gdireneoe said...

Yay!  SOOO glad for you hon!  Omg...I never realized you were in Jersey!  We GOTTA meet when I head to Philly this summer! ;)  C.  http://journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies

dizarra said...

Oh, your in Jersey? me too! Cedar Grove here; just stopping by to say hi, and
I'm glad your doing well with your meds; it's not easy weaning off of something;
keep up the good work. ~Diane~ http://journals.aol.com/dizarra/StorysFromtheCityTalesFromtheSea                                                                                                    

lurkynat said...

Big Congratulations and high fives Dawn! too cool!

newsworthy822 said...

Hi Dawn,
I just found your journal.  Sounds like the weather is not bad in NJ! Here in MN it's supposed to be in the low 40's today. Give me a visit if you have time!