Well yesterday marked the five month date of my first Campath infusion. I wish I had more to report about how I feel, but it changes from day to day. I definitely feel the long term effects of the treatment. My hair has not recovered from the infusion. It used to be very healthy and shiny where as now it is dry and dull. My skin was never quiet the same. I am always dehydrated, no matter how much I drink. And I gained a tricky seven pounds that has been impossible to lose.
However, I am still elated at the relief of having a life without those horrible interferons. It is amazing how my quality of life has improved since I stopped taking those. If I had to say whether or not the Campath helped my MS yet, I would lean towards yes. But again it is hard to judge whether I feel better in general because I am not injecting that poison into my body 3-5 times a week. In general I would say my symptoms are better as well. My eyesight seems stable. My numbness seems better. I haven’t had as many leg cramps or as much spasticity. My cognitive problems don’t seem all that better though and my memory continues to gets worse with each day. I still get exhausted, dizzy and nauseas a lot but that seems more related to me pushing myself too hard or over heating myself.
The monthly blood draws have gotten way more convenient, as they send a nurse to my home every month and I hear from my doctor less and less each month. I do send an email each month asking if I can get my nose re-pierced again (it closed up right before the infusion) and every month they ask me to wait another month. My doctor is going to be really unhappy when I tell him I want a tattoo as well. Last month my doctor said that my labs are back in the normal range, so it looks good.
I am still trying to decide if I am going to do the second infusion next year. I am pretty sure I will but I have some doubts after the whole experience. I have a question for the people who tried Campath years ago is. What are you on now? Do you still do it every year or did you go back on the interferons?
Also in unrelated news I started my own blog. It is really just unexciting observations about my life, but since I do have MS, I will talk about MS from time to time. I mean it is part of my identity now. If you are horribly bored and dying to read about my life here is link.
I hope everyone else in the phase III trial is feeling well. Let’s hope I have more to report at month six.