Did the prednisone help? I'm wondering if they gave you a higher dose of prednisone if that would help get you through to February. I hate the stuff but it did work for me. I had UC bad from by my appendix in patches over to my rectum when I was finally diagnosed. (I had had it for years undiagnosed and untreated.) 6 months of a high dose, tapering down included, and it lasted a long time. I hated the side effects but am wondering if this might shock your system into some kind of remission for the time being.