Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like a proctocolectomy

It looks like my surgery will be next Monday, the 27th. The timing isn't exactly ideal, as instead of drinking champagne on New Years Eve, I'll be pressing my PCA button to administer more morphine. Hmm...Well maybe that's not so bad!

The timing really couldn't be better as far as my symptoms, though, because I am feeling like garbage. I am definitely aware that Remicade must have been working more than I thought because over the past two weeks it's been a rapid decline. I am having a lot of issues related to my fistulas and abscesses. This past weekend was particularly rough and it has been frustrating not to be able to participate in all of the Christmas-related hoopla that usually comes around this time.

In addition, I won't have as many visitors as I would like. Since my close family is in Philly and my surgery is in Baltimore, my brother will be with me for most of the time and my mom and dad will probably come towards the end of the week to bring me home. And because my sister has a three-month old and I've been her babysitter for the past month, she won't be able to come down. This doesn't really bother me too much though and I have some friends in the Baltimore area who will hopefully be able to pop in.

In the meantime I am trying to enjoy these couple of days before Christmas as much as possible. I'm sure you'll hear from me again before Monday. Till then..

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