Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Been Too Long...

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Well, I did not bounce back quickly after taking that dreadful 3-point flu shot with H1N1 being one of the components. I was literally out of commission for 32 days ironically multiple sclerosis was not the reason why. I will NOT take another flu shot if H1N1 is one of the components. With that said, let tell you what the two doctors I see the most, my primary care and my neurologist think about this year flu shot.

My neurologist does not believe the flu shot caused me so much suffering for thirty-two days. My primary care does believe the flu shot caused my distress because of the H1N1 and my immune system already compromised having MS. Hmm, now whom do you think I trust the most, and I am beginning to question my neurologist for refusing to believe the H1N1 component in this year flu shot could cause distress for MS patients.

It has been since my last post that I have taken a Copaxone shot, the way I was feeling taking a daily shot was the last thing on my mind. When I began feeling better, the thought of sticking myself again everyday kept me from doing what I know
I need to do. After, organizing my medical records last night into one large binder, I could not help but read my history.

I know I complained about Copaxone when I experience an IPIR. However, I honestly believe Copaxone has slowed the progression of my MS according to my MRI reports since 2003 to the present. BELIEVING is what gives us HOPE and keep us MOVING. Therefore, as of December 01, 2010, I will be taking my Copaxone injections again, and I will try my best not to stay off course as long as I did this time.

Finally, I have a problem with the CDC deciding to include H1N1 into this year infulenza shots leaving us without a choice. The H1N1 vaccine was rushed because of an outbreak of the swine flu and a fear of a pandemic. As far as I am concern the H1N1 was UNTESTED because it was rushed in the hopes of preventing a pandemic; UNTRIED because a mass amount of people refused the vaccine during the outbreak; and EXPERIMENTAL because it was mandated into this year influenza vaccine.


Black Diaspora said...

After much deliberation I decided to go with the H1N1 shot. Thankfully, I experienced no ill-effect or discomfort.

Yet, I can understand why some, as in your case, might have had serious reservations: Your "compromised immune system" for one, and the fact that we're all different, despite the medical establishment eagerness to lump us all into the same physiological category.

@GNN said...

Oh, where have i been? You changed the style of your blog. You also seem to have lost a few posts. I will visit more often.

Blinders Off said...


I know a few people, who briefly experience ill effects of the shot, I am glad you were spared.


Taking the flu shot this year is partly the reason I have been MIA, the other reason is because I started a new blog:

I have not forgotten my virtual MS community, I am slowly making my rounds

Chloe said...

It seems that the layout of your blog has been changed. I like it.

Well, I have my own blog and I was wondering whether you can
visit my blog and give me some advice on the content or style something.

I'd appreciate your kindness.