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I made lemonade

I made lemonade

I feel better than I did after writing Monday’s blog. Going to the neurologist can definitely take its mental toll on me. Hearing my doctor tell me I’m worse, even though I knew this without him, still doesn’t make things better. Especially when the answer to what can be done is somewhat nonexistent. That is always the hardest part, at least for me at my stage of MS. I’m secondary progressive in every textbook sense of the word. I continue…

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Possibly switching to Kesimpta

Possibly switching to Kesimpta

Happy Monday to everyone. I’m hoping the weekend was lovely for all. I was hit with some kind of stomach bug that disrupted my Saturday. That was the first time in a long time I felt those crippling stomach pains. Good to know I could still feel things in my belly. I must admit, sometimes I wonder since I never do. I mean I can stub my toe and go into a spasm that locks my legs up for a…

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Important information for Ocrevus and Rituxan patients and the COVID-19 vaccine

Important information for Ocrevus and Rituxan patients and the COVID-19 vaccine

I had a phone conference with my MS specialist yesterday in New York City. We discussed many things but the most important thing she discussed was the Covid vaccination. She knows that I had already had received both vaccines and of course that I take Rituxan. Rituxan is the older sister drug to Ocrevus. It seems that for people on these drugs, the antibody production for SARS-CoV-2 was reduced compared to other multiple sclerosis drugs. In my doctor’s easier language,…

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How fatigue affects life

How fatigue affects life

I’ve been so tired lately. I never really took in to account how my body would react to work being done in my place. I knew I would be shifted around slightly but didn’t think it was a big deal. I was clearly wrong. By the time the afternoon comes around I’m struggling to get myself to the bathroom. I’m back to dreading every time the need comes. Sometimes I’m so tired that the hesitancy I talked about recently Bladder…

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I’m feeling ok, another infusion in the past

I’m feeling ok, another infusion in the past

It is beautiful out although slightly chilly. That doesn’t stop me from opening windows to let some fresh air through. I don’t mind the chill, it feels nice because the sun is hitting this side of the building. Once the sun starts to move I will start to freeze. The temperature is only 46 degrees out, not really windows open weather. It’s that sun hitting so directly that adds so much heat. It feels really nice. I’ve been feeling pretty…

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Multiple sclerosis isn’t just my diagnosis

Multiple sclerosis isn’t just my diagnosis

I’m thankfully doing better today because I slept. Never under estimate the power of a good nights sleep. I was able to exercise a little this morning. I purposely decided to keep it simple and just do my MS gym exercises. There was an entire revamping of the MS gym and I actually started the from the very beginning again. That means the exercises aren’t as intense. I was pairing them with chair cardio everyday but knew that wouldn’t be…

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Infusion or no sleep is kicking my ass

Infusion or no sleep is kicking my ass

I haven’t slept well for two nights now. I spent the first night with those belly issues and last night with bladder issues. I was using the bathroom every hour. I honestly think this was somehow related to the infusion. I have had nights where I’ve used the bathroom frequently but every hour is something that is a rarity. Yet that was my night. This is the second day in a row that I’ve hit my 12 hours of stand,…

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Rituxan infusion pre-meds sickness

Rituxan infusion pre-meds sickness

Hopefully I am through the worst of it now. Yesterday was pretty bad. I believe my exact words to my mom were, “I am four breaths shy of death”. There wasn’t a spot on my body that didn’t hurt. It’s a good thing these infusions happen every six months because you have plenty of time to forget. I can even go back and look at past blog posts and see exactly how I felt. However, it’s a little different each…

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Feeling fine still but attitude needs an adjustment

Feeling fine still but attitude needs an adjustment

So far I feel fine since my Rituxan infusion, although I am all too aware it won’t stay this way. After being on Rituxan or Ocrevus for the last 4 years you kind of get a feel for these things. I do have to say I don’t feel bloated from the infusion. I think it is because I drank so much water. For some reason my mouth became Sahara desert dry during and the night after I received the medicine….

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A IV port

A IV port

It took 4 needle sticks to get my vein for the IV yesterday. Not only stressful but painful. I may have dulled sensation on my skin but it certainly still feels needles. This was my nurses 5 infusion with me. Each time it is getting harder and harder to start the IV. Yesterday this process took us almost an hour. We had to break out the heating pad to try to warm my arm up. It eventually helped, but it…

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