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Too much stress, not enough sleep

Too much stress, not enough sleep

I woke up with a killer headache. I use the word woke up very loosely because I haven’t been sleeping well and last night was no different. On a good note, I should reach my 12th hour of standing goal by 2pm. I’ve been going to sleep to a meditation track every night since last Friday. I started off sleeping great but then my daughter tested positive for Covid and I’ve bees stressed. My daughter is positive for Covid. My…

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Time flies by

Time flies by

March is a busy month for me starting right out of the gate. I have plans to see people this morning, this evening, tomorrow and Friday. I love having a social life but it always seems to fall into the same week. I have my long hair appointment this week, Cut and color. I never miss my color but haven’t done a cut in a while. Letting my hair grow out some but it now has no style. No matter…

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Ocrevus vs Rituxan

Ocrevus vs Rituxan

My infusion scheduled for March 17. I’ve been on many of the disease modifying MS drugs over my 23 year span with the disease. Betaseron still holds the record of 12 years but that also has to do with the drugs that were available when I first got diagnosed. I have been on either Rituxan or Ocrevus since 2016. I group these two drugs together for very specific reasons, they are fundamentally the same. The biggest difference is Rituxan is…

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Skin infection, antibiotics and the one who couldn’t deal

Skin infection, antibiotics and the one who couldn’t deal

I was at my primary care physician yesterday because I have a cut on my shin that is infected. I had antibiotics in the house and I started to self medicate and it wasn’t really working so I got an appointment. She prescribed a stronger antibiotic and a cream but thankfully it wasn’t cellulitis or any further issue that needed more care. This was my fault. I knew it was infected for a while. My Zoey never left that spot…

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Valentine’s Day marks 23 years with multiple sclerosis

Valentine’s Day marks 23 years with multiple sclerosis

At the age of 49 I’ve lived almost half my life with the disease. It was the weekend of Valentine’s Day when I was moving into my new home that my left foot started to go numb. Within 4 days it was all the way up the entire side of my body. Within 6 days I was at a neurologist who was asking my mom and I if anyone in my family had MS. Having actually had optic neuritis about…

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Covid vaccination for people with MS

Covid vaccination for people with MS

I wrote a blog giving you information that my specialist in NYC has given to all their patients. Covid vaccination information for MS patients. The National MS Society has also released information https://www.nationalmssociety.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/multiple-sclerosis-and-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-guidance. There is a great article on vaccines in general with various MS drugs that I definitely encourage everyone to look at https://www.mslivingwell.org/2020/11/28/vaccines/. Basically you can find anything out in the vaccine and MS by doing a Google search. For all of the Ocrevus people out there, I…

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Time goes by quickly and slowly

Time goes by quickly and slowly

Another Friday is here. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or because I don’t do much but these weeks go so fast. I’m not bored Most days I’m amazed at how fast the day went. I use to say the days go slow but the years go fast. Now it seems everything is speeding on by. My daughter is 21. She’s a senior in college. That alone is enough to shock me. However in an old draw…

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Weather, Infusion or just fatigue

Weather, Infusion or just fatigue

Yesterday was so rough. Like complete physical exhaustion rough. Wishing I didn’t have to use the bathroom rough. Each time I had to get up was so much effort. Is this still from the infusion? Or is this from the weather change? We’ve had some crazy weather changes over the last week in New York. One day it was 70° then all of a sudden it dropped to 50° I actually had the heat on one day. I was bundled…

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Starting to feel more like myself

Starting to feel more like myself

I think I’m through the worst of the infusion side effects now, more or less. I didn’t have the greatest weekend. By the end of the days my legs felt very weak. I did sleep on my chair both nights. Thankfully I did because Saturday night, without my water pill, I was still up every two hours to use the bathroom. My legs would have been too weak to get me up and down into my bed. I made the…

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Infusion aftermath

Infusion aftermath

Yesterday was a very rough day. I’ve been sleeping good so that’s a plus. I was able to exercise because that is never an option. I would say around 12 o’clock it hit me like a ton of bricks. Maybe not even bricks, more like a Mack truck. I just was fatigued in every single muscle and joint. Even moving to go to the bathroom was so difficult. Anyone with MS knows that feeling. However this one was like times…

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