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!