first of all…clearly, I need a WordPress lesson. still can’t figure out how my last post ended up as its own tab!
another day I’ll sort that out.
so let’s talk about my meds.
Dosage: one daily subcutaneous injection
Initial reaction: it is genius
I’m three shots in, and my body map is slowly expanding as I track my injection sites. To prevent skin damage (lipoatrophy and skin necrosis – yuck!), I have to keep a clear map of where I have already injected. I don’t want to hit the same place for at least three weeks in my arms, and eight weeks for my hips (more room there, obviously!).
today will be my left thigh. tomorrow, right thigh. Tuesday, stomach (ouch!). Wednesday, left arm. fascinating, eh?
from my recent research, Copaxone is a protein immuno-modulator and works in the following manner:
the proteins attach to my brain cells – yeah!
my white blood cells, which are currently attacking my brain – are now supposed to be more attracted to the proteins supplied by my new friend, Copaxone.
huh. I love this idea. it’s genius! oh wait, already said that. it just makes sense. instead of my WBCs picking on the useful parts of my brain, the protein is a stand-in.
(my doctor-doctor cousin is probably groaning at this un-scientific explanation.) 😉
two weeks to break the blood-brain barrier.
I hope it works. only time will tell. group finger-cross please! the nurse said that I should start to see a small improvement in my current symptoms once it breaks the b/b barrier.
what it’s supposed to do long term: reduce the frequency of relapses and reduce the length of time involved for each relapse.
the only side-effects I have experienced: intense stinging for 20 mins post injection and a red welt, which disappears in about an hour. plus the injection spot is tender until the next morning. but that’s IT!
I’ll take IT.
definitely doing better on the emotional front now that I’m actually doing something to help my body. writing helps. I don’t do so well with the talking out loud all the time. oh, the other plus>>this is the one drug that doesn’t have depression as a side-effect!
PS. got back on the bike yesterday. and that felt so good! my legs were a buzz for hours after…and we only did four miles off road… but it’s a start! I want to keep my legs moving. no MS ride for me this year. but there’s next year. my uncle is doing 100 miles!! wowzer!