rethinking the future

i just got some very disheartening news from my rheumatologist. whenever joe and i decide we want to have children i will have to go off all my medicines except my prednisone.

this is not good. let me put this in perspective for you.

i’ve was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five years ago. my doctor started me off on prednisone, a steroid, and methotrexate. the pain didn’t decrease, so he tried plaquenil. then arava. now i’m on enbrel, a medicine that requires usually at least a month-long preauthorization process with insurance companies because you have to prove you’ve tried and failed with several other medicines. enbrel costs about $1,500 a month without insurance.

so to go from enbrel to only prednisone is a big, big thing. i’m not sure i’m liking the idea too much, so i’m going to make an executive decision. no children for us. at least for now. 🙂


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