Word of the Week – Infusions

This week has been mostly about going to the hospital every day to receive my intravenous infusion of immunoglobulin.
Each day I have been hooked up for three to four hours and sitting in a reclining chair on a ward with mostly Multiple Sclerosis patients.
When you receive these infusions you get to see familiar faces and make new friends. I probably won’t see them outside of hospital but it’s always nice to catch up with someone you’ve seen before. Some patients are there every month, some only once a year, everyone is different and of different ability. Some walk in as if there is nothing wrong with them. Some look really sick. Some can walk, some can’t. But we all have something in common, we rely on these infusions to keep going on with our lives.

The infusion I get, Immunoglobulin, is plasma taken from blood donors. It contains anti-bodies which can help conditions like mine along with other auto-immune conditions.

Today is my last day and I probably won’t be back until January for my next session. So far I am not doing to bad, the side effects seem less this time and I already feel like I have more energy. Last night I was feeling like I could do anything, but when I walked it still felt like I was walking through treacle. Still, even if my walking is really slow, if I do have more energy I can walk further than before, fingers crossed. I’m not sure how long the effects will last. Come on little anti-bodies, I believe in you!

The Reading Residence

5 Comments

  1. liquoriceuk
    October 13, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Glad to hear that you have a little more energy as a result of the infusions and hope that they continue to work well for you. I can relate to seeing the same faces in appointments – it is nice to see a familiar face in those situations. Hope you have a good weekend x #WotW

  2. October 13, 2017 / 10:13 am

    You've got me believing in them too. I'm so glad you can feel the difference in your energy levels. Nice to see familiar faces too. I bet you've got through some reading matter this week. Hope it continues to feel good. #wotw

  3. October 13, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Come on, antibodies! Sounds like a long week, but very positive that you feel more energised. I do hope you feel the benefit of them x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. October 13, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    That is so good to hear that you are feeling a little bit better!
    Come on little anti-bodies do your thing!!! xx

  5. angiemwebster77
    October 15, 2017 / 5:40 am

    That's such fantastic news Anne that the infusions seem to be working in your favour. It must be great to have that extra burst of energy, I really do hope it makes lots of positive difference to you. It's nice that you can chat to people who are going through the same thing too. I hope you have a lovely weekend x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *