The good news is, I will be coming off of the steroids very soon and switching to my long term medication. The bad news is, the long term medication has some very serious potential side effects. At first I was really upset about this. But now that I've calmed down, I realize that this guy knows what he's doing, he's monitoring me very closely and will take good care of me. I just have to have faith. The most annoying part of going on this medication is that they have to carefully monitor my blood counts to make sure I am not having an adverse reaction, so for the next I don't know how many weeks I'll be going in once a week to have blood drawn. Then after that I'll go once a month, then after a while once every few months, and so forth. So the plan for me is to keep focused on my diet and exercise and taking the best care of myself that I possibly can. I've allowed myself to be irresponsible lately and the excuses I come up with are just ridiculous. I've got to stay focused! I'm glad that I'm switching over to the long term meds though because while I've been on the short term meds my mindset has been different. I don't know exactly how to explain it, but I guess I'm constantly thinking in terms of months or weeks instead of just doing it day-to-day. Anyway, the transition period is going to be a hassle but it won't be long before things settle down. I go back to see The Doc in one month.