#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!


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!

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!


Product Review: Fresh Assist

Fresh Assist Product Review

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I was given Fresh Assist to review and it is a pretty neat product. I was pretty interested in this spray because of my IBD. I’ve already tried wet wipes and a bidet. I was definitely interested in Fresh Assist. Especially because it’s so portable.

It’s been really nice to be able to carry around Fresh Assist in my purse. It’s easier to carry around than portable wet wipes. And it lasts a lot longer too! The recommended number of sprays on toilet paper is 2-3 but I use 4-5. Two to three sprays do not seem like enough sprays to me.

There are two scents that Fresh Assist comes in; Soothing Lavender and Cooling Chamomile. I have only tried the Soothing Lavender, and I like it a lot! I plan on eventually getting the Cooling Chamomile! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has to worry about diarrhea. Or just wants a cleaner wipe. This stuff works better than the bidet that I have.

I also used the Fresh Assist during my prep for my colonoscopy. I actually liked it better than my travel bidet and my wet wipes. The travel bidet and wet wipes burned while the Fresh Assist did not! Which is huge! Because prepping for a colonoscopy isn’t any fun and can cause a lot of irritation down there. I don’t think that this will get rid of all irritation while doing a bowel prep, but it definitely helped.

The Soothing Lavender actually has lavender oil in it! And aloe leaf extract. To me, these ingredients make a big difference. It helped a lot with the burning sensation that I was having when I was prepping for my colonoscopy last month.

Another advantage of this spray is that it’s septic safe because you spray it directly onto your toilet paper. You don’t have to worry about whether this product is flushable or not, as long as you have septic safe toilet paper!

How long does a two-ounce bottle last? According to the Fresh Assist website:

On average you get about 400 sprays from a 2 oz. bottle. Figure that will get you through at least 30-40 days of consistent use if not more.

Having the bottle last for 30 days, is really not a bad deal. I pay around $6 for my wet wipes and it only comes with 40 wipes. Now, if I was in a really bad flare, this bottle would definitely not last me 30 days. I’d go through it much faster than that. But I would buy more of it if I needed it during a flare. To me, this stuff is that good.

With the holidays being right around the corner this would be a great product to buy your friends and family as a stocking stuffer! You can get two bottles of it off of Amazon for $12.79. It’s also available for Prime shipping!

I have yet to find any cons for this product. I like it. It smells decent. And it does not cause butt burn when my butt is raw.