Lifetime Supply of Blood Tests
Many people do not understand that the medications we are on can affects the levels in our blood. I am on Mercaptopurine myself to help manage the symptoms of my Crohn’s Disease and I have to get a blood test every three months to check my liver. Inflammatory bowel disease is not just simplified to us taking a lot of pills for the rest of our lives to manage the symptoms of our disease and hopefully one day put us in remission. The medication we are on always helps with one issue and affects us other ways. The medications we are on, our gastroenterlogists have determined that the benefits outweigh the risks while on them. I get the CBC and the Liver Panel tests done every single time in combination with testing other levels. My gastroenterologist gives me lab slips in advance so that I can go when I am due for them. My GI’s office even calls me when they’ve noticed I am late and due for one when I forget that I haven’t done with the hustle and bustle of life in general. I have to say that needles do not fear as much nowadays because of the blood tests. I have had them countless times. The only anxiety I get with them is who is going to administer them to me. I get kind of in a panic when I do not get the same person I usually have or she is not there. That is when I find myself get a bit nervous because I grow comfortable with one phlebotomist and then all of the sudden I have this random person who I know nothing about draw my blood. I have had both good and bad experiences, but I know I have to have them for the rest of life, so it just comes with the territory of IBD I suppose.
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