11-14-2016, 10:52 AM   #1
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First month on Remicade- Any tips on how to handle the holidays and large groups of people while on a Biologic?
11-14-2016, 10:56 AM   #2
my little penguin
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Nothing differentjust wash your hands
It only increases risk of opportunistic infections such as tag along side with the flu etc
Not the common cold
6 years of biologics
Just washing hands and get the flu shot
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11-14-2016, 11:59 AM   #3
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My girl had been just fine.
Grace for the most part is the healthiest out of my family.
I'm mom to............... Little Farm Girl 9 yr old
Ibd (microscopic)
dx Juvenile Arthritis
dx Erthema Nodosum
Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome dx (1/26/17)
Remicade started on (9/8/14)Every 2 wks
MTX started AGAIN on 11/21/17
EN/EEN- since (1/12/13)
Past Meds- LDN, Humira, Pred, MTX, Sulfasalazine,
11-14-2016, 12:08 PM   #4
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We haven't had any issues. I tell my kids to wash their hands a lot.

If there is someone who is visibly sick - coughing and sneezing - they try to keep their distance. Obviously, it's not always possible (especially in middle and high school when kids are always sick).
Mom of M (20)
diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 16
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at 12
Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis at 16

Mom of S (23)
dx with JIA at 14
Ankylosing Spondylitis at 18
11-14-2016, 02:39 PM   #5
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ditto the hand washing, 3 years on remicade hasn't gotten sick any easier just seems to take longer to get over, only issues we've had are from infections from bug bites. Have a great holiday season and enjoy.

Mom to Jack (18) dx Crohn's 2/2010
Remicade - started 1/9/14; 7.5ml/kg every 6 weeks
Past meds: Imuran/Azathioprine; allopurinol; methotrexate; LDN; Prednisone; Apriso; Pentasa; EEN

Husband dx Crohn's 3/1993
currently none due to liver issues
11-14-2016, 09:31 PM   #6
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Same here... no issues. While on remi, my son had a roommate who had to leave school due to mono, all the usual colds/streps/etc. going through the dorm and all ok. We were even at a party once where a woman showed up with shingles (open sores!!) ... and she knew there were three kids there on remicade (including one of hers) and one woman on chemo! I just told him to stay far away from her and wash his hands a few times while there!

But, he had no issues...
Tess, mom to S
Diagnosed May 2011

May-July 2011 - 6 wks Exclusive EN via NG tube - 2000 ml/night, 1 wk IV Flagyl
July 2011-July 2013 - Supplemental EN via NG, 1000 ml/night, 5 nites/wk, Nexium, 40 mg
Feb. 2013-present - Remicade, 5 mg/kg every 6 wks
Supplements: 1-2 Boost shakes, D3 - 2000 IUs, Krill Oil
11-16-2016, 08:09 AM   #7
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Same here!

Tess, 😬!
Son diagnosed with Crohn's March 2013, at age 8
11-16-2016, 09:33 AM   #8
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Thank you all. Your experience is very valuable to a "new" Crohns mom!

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