Today I had my first appointment w/my G.I. doctor here in Dayton. Well, I shouldn't say first appointment because he was my doctor prior to moving to Boston. I saw my doctor in Boston just before moving home, and everything has been terrific with my health. I just needed to start my follow-up/routine care with this doctor. I am incredibly thankful that I get to see him; he is a wonderful doctor and has all of my records!
So, today we talked about what has happened over the past couple of years since last seeing me as his patient. Long story short, we talked about me having a baby and how I changed meds due to nursing. I told him about my flare after Isaac was born and about how my doctor changed my meds so I could nurse. He respected her opinion on everything. (I actually called him when I was in Boston to get his opinion on continuing my meds during pregnancy. They were always on the same page!) The only thing he is concerned about, is my current medication. It's not as "potent" if you will, as the medication that I was on for years and years. Again, the only reason I switched was for nursing purposes (actually relactating, but we don't need the details of that!). I have done so well so I didn't go back to the old med. Are you following? Sorry if I'm confusing you! (It's late, and I'm not with it!) Anyways, Crohn's is such a chaotic illness. It's up and down, up and down... just like the weather. It's hard to predict how I might feel months from now.
Dr. Romeo (cute name, hunh?!) feels okay with me staying on this med. right now because I did have a colonoscopy before leaving Boston, and it revealed that I have NO active disease! Whew... a huge blessing! He just didn't want me to be convinced that this medication will always be strong enough... but maybe it is! So, for now I'll stay on it (Lialda) and hope I continue to stay in remission. We'll keep the old med. (6-MP) in our back pocket. Also, if I do become pregnant, we'll have to decide which med. I should take. There are so many factors, and the goal for pregnancy is remission. We don't want ANY flares during that time, but we can cross that bridge when needed.
All in all, I am happy with our visit today. Dr. Romeo is supportive and very knowledgeable in his field. I have another appointment in 2 months, and we'll talk more about my med. then. For now, I'm grateful I'm doing so well. I owe it ALL to the Lord. I know I am in good hands!