Ocrevus and the compromised immune system

Ocrevus and the compromised immune system

I’m happy to report I was discharged from the hospital last night. One thing I know, from my career working in nursing homes, hospitals like to discharge on Friday to make room for the weekend influx. The infection disease doctor would have held me to today but I really wanted to go and the main doctor was for it. So what did I learn from this? First of all this happened from a simple fall. The fall gave me a little cut. When I say little I mean like minuet. I didn’t clean the cut. How the cut got infected, that I can’t answer but I can say my weakened immune system was the problem. I am always concerned with Ocrevus with colds and flu season that it never even dawned on me for something so simple as a cut that a weakened immune system can cause a problem. With me not cleaning the cut and an infection getting in, it caused cellulitis in my leg. Cellulitis is a common but potentially serious bacteria infection. It is an infection under the skin causing an area to become red, swollen and warm to the touch. I am fortunate that my regular doctor sent me to the ER the first time. They gave me the oral antibiotics that didn’t work BUT because they didn’t work, they knew I needed to be in the hospital for IV antibiotics. The first IV antibiotics I was given wasn’t even working and I was finally changed to two different one simultaneously. That was the cocktail I needed. I am home now with both on an oral medication. I still have to see a surgeon on Wednesday to see if the wound will need to be lanced open. All this from a simple fall and a tiny cut. It is no joke that extra care needs to be taken with a weakened immune system in all aspects not just with colds. I now learned this lesson the hard way.

4 thoughts on “Ocrevus and the compromised immune system

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience–and so sorry you’ve been going through it! I switched to Ocrevus from Ritux in May. I’ve had cellulitis a few times, but the last time might’ve been before I started Ritux. And each case was from a bug bite.
    What a cautionary tale–yikes! Hope you have a speedy recovery. 🙂

    1. I had the exact same thing happen. Cellulitis is no joke and how scary how quickly it gets out of control. I am carrying Neosporin and alcohol swabs with me from now on!

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