My preschooler came home the other day with a respiratory virus, as they often do at that age. I have now been on Gilenya for a month so it would be a good test of how my body could handle it given that 80% of my lymphocytes are imprisoned in my lymph nodes.
At first it seemed that I had dodged a bullet. I was the only one in the family to have not contracted it from our little one. And then it hit me. Hard.
It’s the sickest that I have been in a while. For days, I just laid in bed, coughing up a lung. I was so weak that it greatly affected my MS. Usually, I can still walk ok; just a little wobbly. On day two of the bug, my left leg stiffened completely and I lost control of it. I couldn’t walk. I could barely stand.
Luckily in the days since it peaked, my walking is slowly returning to normal(ish). However, it got me thinking…… As we were chugging airborne, gobbling down vitamin C gummies and sucking on zinc lozenges, all of which are supposed to aid our immune system, I was simultaneously taking another drug to intentionally suppress mine. It is a lot like pressing on the gas while standing on the brake pedal with your other foot.