Friday morning, October 30, 2011... at 1pm PST, I mossy my way to the Infusion Center -- which happened to be just 3 minutes from my office -- that was convenient. Hmm... Okay. Nice.
You know... the amazing part of this journey is that as bad as P.V. has been to me.. and I remember Dr. Grando's initial words when we were not sure what I had... and he said "Mr. CEO you don't want to have P.V.."... So, back to my story. As bad as P.V.has been to me... everything ... I mean everything and everyone involved around me have been the exact opposite. Super Good. Its like the ying and yang of life... The folks at Cresent Healthcare are amazing!
My Nurse.. was awesome! So, we hook me up with an IV line... I take some Ibuprofen 400Mg and I also take Loratadine 10 Mg before the IVIG. It is all precautionary due the the myriads of side effects that can occur... Btw... I pretty much no longer bother with side effect notices anymore (up to a certain extent) because everything under the sun is now going to be my side effect because of the various meds and treatment... but the miracle is -- ZERO SIDE EFFECTS so far! Wuuu Huuuu!
So, I was given Gammagard 20g IVIG.
GAMMAGARD LIQUID is used to treat patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI). There are many forms of PI. The most common types of PI result in an inability to make a very important type of protein called antibodies, which help the body fight off infections from bacteria or viruses. GAMMAGARD LIQUID is made from human plasma that is donated by healthy people. GAMMAGARD LIQUID contains antibodies collected from these healthy people that replace the missing antibodies in PI patients. In my case... kick some butt against my autoantibodies.
A little overview of those of you interested in the difference between antibodies and autoantibodies....
Antibodies and Autoantibodies
Antibodies are produced in a process of evolution that is still a subject of scientific research. Briefly, antibodies are produced by B cells in two ways: (i) randomly, and (ii) in response to a foreign protein or substance within the body. Initially, one B cell produces one specific kind of antibody. In either case, the B cell is allowed to proliferate or is killed off through a process called clonal deletion. Normally, the immune system is able to recognize and ignore the body's own healthy proteins, cells, and tissues, and to not overreact to non-threatening substances in the environment, such as foods. Sometimes, however, the immune system ceases to recognize one or more of the body's normal constituents as "self," leading to production of pathological autoantibodies. These autoantibodies attack the body's own healthy cells, tissues, and/or organs, causing inflammation and damage. It should be noted that autoantibodies may also play a nonpathological role; for instance they may help the body to destroy cancers and to eliminate waste products. The role of autoantibodies in normal immune function is also a subject of scientific research.
We started at slow.. and than zoom to 88 units per something (speed) of the Infusion. The entire process took less than 4 hours.
Once I was hooked up and being infused by someone's plasma... I had weird visions... I could see other people... and other objects... I saw a HUGE MANSION... a swan lake .... NO! Just kidding!!! I just figured that I am getting plasma from some great soul that donated blood... I should see something.. but nope... nada. I did feel pretty good though.
The Cresent Healthcre center itself was a great location with alll the amenities for me to work! :) So, I called my staff.. and we had meetings and discussions while I was being infused. And the Nurse was so awesome that they accommodated all our needs... Thank you to my Nurse Renee!
So... this process continued through Tuesday Nov 1st... and everything went well.. I was doing great!
No problems what so ever...
EXCEPT... for my sleeping... I was only sleeping 3-4 hours a day. I was okay though ... the Steriods were probably giving me all the energy I needed and keeping me up too... I had not taken Lunesta... I am sure Dr. Grando would not be too pleased about this. But I just did not want to put more meds into my system if it was not necessary.
Okay....so things are looking good. I am feeling like my PV is under control... I am getting the right meds and the right treatment and so stay the course to onwards and upwards!
Current Cocktail of Treatment :
80 Mg Methylprednisolone;
500Mg Tetracyclin 3 times daily; ,
500Mg Niacinamide 3 times daily
Lunesta 2 Mg - take as necessary
IVIG 20g Gammagard (with 400Mg Ibuprophen and Loratadine 1-mg ) 5 days every month
2 daily multi-vitaminss;
To Great Health Cheers!!! :)