Why I Love(And Hate) Humira

Humira feels like a weekly reminder that I have an incurable autoimmune disease. That this is what my life is like now. That this is what I have to look forward to. And at times it’s depressing. I wish I didn’t have to be on medications but I know that this medication is my best option right now.

I’m not one of those people who’s goal is to get into remission and go off of my medications. My medications are the reason why I’m in remission. I don’t what to know what would happen if I had to go off of the Humira. I’m sure the results would not be good though. I also don’t want to risk building up antibodies to this medication. Once that happens I won’t be able to go back on it and that’s not work the risk to me.

It’s hard though to deal with the weekly shot. For me it hurts a lot. I can’t wait for Humira to have a sting free option. Some people who take this medication don’t feel that much of a sting but for some reason I do.

Do you have any medications you dislike? Why do you dislike it? Do you have any medications that you do like?

Until next time!
KenzieIBD

#fridayreads: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

This is the book I am reading this week. It’s the book that I am reading for my book club this month. I still have quite a bit to read so we will see if I can get it done by Sunday!

I still have yet to finish The Way of Kings. It’s so interesting right now and I’m so close to being done but I need to get this other book read for book club.

I’m also still listening to Path of Daggers. I haven’t been driving for work as much this month so it is taking longer than usual for me to finish an audiobook.

What are you reading this week?

Until next time!

Traveling With Humira

Traveling with Humira is a lot easier than I ever thought it was going to be. When I first had to fly with it I was pretty paranoid. I made sure to have a note from my doctor and everything. I also got a nifty little cooler back from Humira. It works well enough for me to fly with.

I’ve flown with my Humira several times and even internationally. I always take it as part of my carry on when I’m flying. You never want to put it in your checked baggage. It gets way too cold for Humira down there.

When I fly I treat the cooler as it’s own thing and don’t count it towards my carryon limit. I’ve only had problems with it once and I told the gate attendant that it was medication and she let it go.

When you go through the TSA check point be sure to let them know that you have an ice pack with you. Most of the time they want to see inside of the cooler and normally ask if the ice pack is frozen. If you forget to tell them this they may end up checking your Humira bag for bombs. Which totally happened to me once. Got it swabbed down and tested because I forgot to tell them that I had an ice pack with me. Wasn’t too big of a deal but I thought it was hilarious.

If you want to get a cooler from Humira check out the information here. It’s part of the Humira complete program that also provides sharps containers that you can mail back to them for disposal.

All in all, Humira is not as complicated as I thought it was going to be to travel with.

Until next time!
KenzieIBD

 

#fridayreads – Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

This week I have finished Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan and started Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan. This is my second go through of the Wheel of Time series and I am listening to the audiobooks. They are SO GOOD! Like, ridiculously good. I put off listening to them for a long time.

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Almost done!

 

My husband has recommended the audiobooks quite a few times and I was so stuck on Jim Dale who read me my first Harry Potter book. I love his rendition of them. But Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do such a good job with this series. I highly recommend listening to it if you’re into audiobooks!

I’m also still reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I’m about half way through at this point. The book definitely ebbs and flows through the storyline. I tend to slow down with my reading of it when the plot gets to a slower point or introduces more characters(there’s quite a few, but not as many as the Wheel of Time Series!)

I’ve been going through this rereading(listening) of the WoT series for some time now. I like this because it allows me to read more books at once and I like to listen to them when I walk my dogs and drive for work(I do a lot of driving some months).

Do you like audiobooks? What are you currently reading?

Until next time!
KenzieIBD

Lasik Eye Surgery – Still a Possibility?

I finally have an answer to whether or not I can get Lasik eye surgery done. And the answer is that I can get it as long as my health has been stable for at least 6 months. I feel like this is a tricky question because what does stable mean? Does it mean that my bloodwork is stable? I have no symptoms? But I have time at least to get that figured out.

I’m not sure at this point if I still want the surgery or not. I’m glad to know that it’s an option at least. But this type of surgery is considered cosmetic so it’s something that I will have to pay out of pocket for. Lasik is not cheap either.

It’s something I’m really going to have to consider if I want to go through with this or not. I don’t see it happening anytime in the near future. I have some other things I’d like to get done in life before a laser is taken to my eyeballs.

Until next time!
KenzieIBD