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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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Rituxan infusion setup, far from a smooth path

Rituxan infusion setup, far from a smooth path

My Rituxan infusion has once again been a complete disaster getting the necessary supplies and drugs. I would love to blame it all on CVS specialty pharmacy but my doctor’s assistant is partially to blame. What started a month ago has come down to the wire yet again. My third box of supplies has just been delivered this morning. All I can say is thankfully I know how my drug is administered. If I didn’t, this would’ve been a bigger…

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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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Ocrevus Commercial

Ocrevus Commercial

I never watch TV through my TV carrier. I always watch through my Firecube. No matter what it is, unless it’s something that I record, I’m never on my TV. That being said, it’s also very rare I see commercials. However I was catching up on old Bravo shows that I neither recorded or watched while they aired. On the Bravo app, there’s commercials. When you’re watching an entire season of some thing you end up watching a lot of…

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Rituxan infusion successful

Rituxan infusion successful

I’m happy to report that I have no blisters today. I had three little red marks last night that looked almost like welts. This morning I only saw one. I can’t even begin to tell you the relief that was for me. I will be able to continue Rituxan until something better comes along. That isn’t the greatest statement but it is better than the alternative of putting me on a drug that might not work for me. The infusion…

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Rituxan infusion coming up

Rituxan infusion coming up

Good morning and happy hump day to all. Got through the day of exhaustion from therapy yesterday. At least I had a justifiable reason for being fatigued. I even made it to my hair appointment and no more grey hairs, at least for the next 5-6 weeks. My wonderful hair dresser, who is also a good friend, even blew out my hair for me saving me a step so I didn’t have to deal with it myself. I’m almost due…

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Allergic reaction to Rituxan

Allergic reaction to Rituxan

So I went to my doctor yesterday for the open sores on my breast. They are actually blisters that have popped and have pus in them. The fourth spot was still in the blister form. The doctor said it was a reaction to Rituxan. As we were sitting there talking, I realized this was the first time I didn’t have Benadryl through the IV. It is shocking to have Benadryl this way because it needs to be administered very very…

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Scared for my Rituxan Infusion

Scared for my Rituxan Infusion

My big box from the pharmacy was delivered yesterday. In it was 250mg Solumedrol, 600mg of Rituxan, and a whole bunch of syringes and needles. I’ve done these infusion for years now. I’ve done Solumedrol infusion for even longer. This time opening the box made my stomach drop. I’m dreading this infusion. I’ve done it so many times yet this time I really don’t want to do it. I’m a little afraid. Years ago I was coming off of a…

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