CORALE V IBD STUDY – AT HOME BLOOD DRAW

Today I am doing something different – at-home blood collection! 💉

I recently signed up for the CORALE V IBD Study to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines in people with IBD.

Since I have Crohn’s disease and know I have autoimmune diseases and use biologic/immunosuppressive medications like Stelara, I thought this study would be great to participate in considering we are living in COVID times. 🧫

This study was easy to sign up for – Link below – and my at-home test was shipped almost immediately.

CORALE V IBD STUDY – AT HOME BLOOD DRAW

The blood collection kit was simple enough, with thorough instructions that include pictures to help make sure you sample correctly.

I rubbed my arm before beginning and cleaned my arm with the provided alcohol swab. I opened the sterile packaging and prepared the blood collection device.

I placed the device on my arm and held the button for the recommended 5 seconds before beginning a 5-minute timer to allow a sufficient blood sample. ⏰

CORALE V IBD STUDY – AT HOME BLOOD DRAW

My device filled up quickly, in a matter of moments, and I removed the device and then the sample tube. 🧪

After putting the cap on my blood sample and putting it in the provided biohazard bag, it went into the return box and I was done. It will be sent out with my mail ASAP tomorrow morning. 📫

In 8 weeks or less, I will find out the results of my own vaccine antibodies and how my medications could impact my body’s response to the vaccine.😷

Apologies for my no-makeup face and not being my put-together self — I’m currently on a new batch of steroids for possible inflammation in my ribs and I’m not feeling too well or sleeping great. 🤷‍♀️ Also, I keep looking off screen and making faces because I am meticulously following the instructions. 💁‍♀️

CORALE V IBD STUDY – AT HOME BLOOD DRAW

To learn more about the study or to join – go to https://www.corale-study.org/ibd for more information. 

Author: It Could Be Worse Blog

I am a Kentuckian, a blogger and Crohn's Disease columnist, a military veteran, a model, and a mother to my fur baby, Bilbo. In this blog, I will share my opinions and life experiences, my feelings and problems, with my patient perspective and other health related issues. I will share stories from my life, the good and bad and the real things that others may not be as open to discussing, and hopefully you can (or can't) relate. Thank you! For Me, It Could Be Worse.

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