Vasculitis – six months ago I’d never heard of it. Since then, however, it’s had me in and out of the hospital. This is a disease where blood vessels become swollen and enflamed causing significant pain. That would be bad enough, but the danger is present that it will cause the flow of blood to major organs to be slowed or interrupted completely. If a blood vessel leaks or bursts, then internal bleeding could be fast and lethal. Today I started steroid treatment with Prednisone. It’s going to be a high dose for a short term, only a week. The hope is that it will be enough to kick the vasculitis into remission. I’m just hoping that the side effects of the drug will be minor.