The Northern California wildfires made their presence known in our neighborhood earlier this week as fine ash blanketed the city. I ran to my car, amazed a few minutes later how my asthma flared so quickly. Psalm 46 is a psalm I'm praying for Northern California. May God be the refuge and strength of all those who are fearful, anxious, or experiencing loss.
When I started taking Tremfya (guselkumab), I carried an unstated goal and expectation: clear skin. I looked at the graphs and incredible data on the effectiveness of Tremfya and just figured I could enjoy life with less and less psoriasis over the course of sixteen weeks. At six weeks, some forty-two days later, I’m readjusting my expectations.
I’m a dreamer. Psoriasis treatments, however, dash my hopes more times I care to remember. After five weeks on the new biologic medication Tremfya (guselkumab) do I dare to dream that it just might clear my skin of nasty psoriasis lesions? What is my biggest fear taking a new biologic for the first time in years?
Five years ago I wrote about the challenges of waiting for a new treatment, Stelara, to work after taking it for three weeks. It never did, even after six months. I find myself at a similar juncture today--a few weeks into Tremfya treatment wondering the same.
Are we there yet? It’s a question every parent has heard asked by a child in a long line or road trip. After three weeks on Tremfya (Guselkumab) I know I shouldn’t be asking the question, but I’m anxious to know when I might find clearer skin. It’s a waiting game that I feel like I’m losing.