These last two weeks I seem to have turned a corner. I finally managed to shake off the bug which had been plaguing me for I don't know how long and I started feeling 'normal' again.
The bug had seen a bit of return of the MS symptoms I've had in the past such as feeling very dizzy when I lay down or stood up and my grip had become very weak which left me feeling quite flat about things.
But apart from that, I've been feeling ok generally and the symptoms haven't been that unbearable.
I've had my second monthly blood test and now I'm just waiting to see what happens next.
My guess is that I'll hear from the MS nurse or the neurology people at some point soon to see how I'm getting on... or I may not hear from them until I'm due for my second dose of the Big A in ten months time.
So overall, this whole treatment hasn't been as awful as I was expecting it to be.
I have learned a few lessons though which I will be putting into place for the next dose and among those are:
- Avoid people with colds or any other bugs at all costs
- Do not assume my weakened immunity be back to full strength before eight weeks
- Remember it will take AGES to get over a bug until that eight weeks is up
- That refusing to see people because they are ill is not rude, it is sensible
- That if I find myself in a situation where I am in close contact with a buggy person, to leave...
- ...And not feel bad about it
- Do not listen to non-medical-people who try and convince me that after three weeks my immunity will be ok. It won't be.
- To make sure I'm not rushed to feel better immediately after treatment
- To rest and recuperate for as long as I need to
- To be as selfish as I need to be to let my body get over the treatment.
I'll let you know how I'm getting on.