Today, I received the first dose of Orencia. Yeah! The insurance approval came through on Wed July 30 late in the afternoon. But the infusion nurse was out of the office on Thursday and Friday, so when I called on Friday to check the status of the request, the “office” nurse thought it was approved but not positive. I found out, for sure, when I got there this morning.
The first three doses are administered at two week intervals. The next doses are August 19 and September 3. Comprehensive exams begin September 9. Today, I was told that Orencia tends to have a slow start — not exactly what I wanted to hear. How long? It may take 3 months to really tell the difference. The infusion nurse said a lot of her patients have told her they could tell the difference in 6 weeks.
side note: A long time ago, I thought I would be an MD. When I finally relented to the call that was so powerful, I said to God, “Fine. If I can’t be an MD then I want to be a PhD.” The timing and money fell into place for the PhD all the way up to this point.
So, at this point in the intersection of PhD and arthritis, I am consciously choosing to keep trying to study and adopting the mantra, “The God who brings you to it will bring you through it.”