My goodness me, it has been a while since my last post. Apologies. I don't have a really good excuse, I have just been lazy. But hey, I'm writing now so good for me!
A great deal has been happening recently and for once it is not he who has been the focus of the medical interventions. That honour goes to my son who broke his arm (which I blogged about last time) went to hospital for a minor dental procedure and managed to scrape all the skin off his index finger which then became infected and needed to be treated with antibiotics. Aside from the dental procedure, which was purely cosmetic, the other two were just a nine year old boy being a nine year old boy.
After saying all that the doctors have not completely eluded me either as the juggernaut, which is my medical story rolls on. I had blood work done recently which finally showed my blood levels had returned to normal. This meant that it was time to revisit my immunisation regime and my oh my there are a lot of them.
Now for most HSCT patients this is nothing more than procedure but with a patient that had HSCT for an auto immune disease this process is much more complicated. I will elaborate.
Auto immune diseases do not just happen. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to contracting one of them but there is always an environmental trigger that starts the process. There are many things that can be the trigger. A virus or infection, a toxin, a medication or allergic reaction... The list is almost endless but one of the biggest suspects is a vaccine.
It is really quite logical. A vaccine is designed to trigger an immune response that means if a person is exposed to the disease that has been vaccinated against, the persons immune system will attack the disease. If the immune system misinterprets the vaccine it could end up causing an autoimmune (AID) disease. The problem is most medical professionals will refute this link but there are sufferers of autoimmune diseases that swear black and blue that the vaccine was their "trigger".
Personally, I believe that a vaccination could be responsible for causing an AID. But the question is whether the benefit of me having a vaccine is worth the risk of having a relapse. Since I am fairly sure that a vaccine didn't trigger my AID in the first place I think that a vaccine won't do it to me this time. However, I'm going to go pretty slowly with it just to be safe. My program will be on and off for over a year.
Just so you know, this is a decision I have taken very seriously. I let you all know how I go as I progress. Until next time, stay well:)