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

Autoimmune Protocol Diet: Week Three

Hello everyone.

This update is going to be a bit different. Because I had to stop the Autoimmune Protocol Diet unfortunately. My bowels this week pretty much had it. With this diet I was eating a lot of veggies and my colitis is currently not happy with that.

So Thursday I ended up having to take a sick day over this. I felt like my colon was in a vice grip and I had been having bowel issues for a couple of days so I just decided to stay home. I’m tired of making myself go to work when I don’t feel well. I also hadn’t been sleeping well due to joint pain. And Thursday was the day I decided I needed to get off of the AIP diet.

Now the plan is to try and redo the AIP diet in a couple of weeks. I feel like I need to do some soul searching and revisit the whole thing. It may mean introducing some OTC fiber tablets to my diet to help keep things regular. Or even slower diet changes.

But I felt that quitting the diet was the best option for me at this time. Going into a flare is not worth it. And I really feel that I was heading in that direction. My bowels were really starting to get torn up. In a way going back to my regular diet is going to be a test to see how that compares to what I was doing.

Until next time!
KenzieIBD

I Don’t Have Psoriasis….

… I have Eczema. I got diagnosed with it on March 8th. I have been having problems with my skin again. I had wanted my Rheumatologist to just prescribe me some steroid cream for it but he said that I needed to go see my dermatologist or my PCP for my skin problems.

So I went and saw my old dermatologist from a few years ago. The last time I saw him we kind of settled on Psoriasis without doing a skin biopsy. This time we decided to do a skin biopsy and it came back as Nummular Dermatitis(aka Eczema). This skin problem is probably going to be chronic due to my other immune problems. I’ve had this skin issue pop up a couple of times so I’m sure it’s safe to say it’s chronic.

I got some steroid cream for my skin and it helped a lot. The dry patches have already cleared up which makes me happy. I try to make sure to use lotion more on my skin so it doesn’t dry out. It doesn’t take much for it to get dried out anymore and get very irritated.

I’m hoping that this AIP diet helps some with my skin issues. But we will see. Also not sure when I’m supposed to go see my Dermatologist next? Guess we will see when I need a refill on my new medication.

Until next time!

KenzieIBD