Oh, the monotonous saga continues...me, without caffeine for 28 days. Frankly, I believe giving up booze almost 20 years ago was easier (and it didn't hurt that a judge recommended it either)...to be young and insane again. Well, OK...to be "young" again. LOL
Honestly, I have not seen a profound difference in the above graphed areas...yes, I've lost a couple of pounds (without trying), my B/P has remained about the same, and sleep and fatigue are way too difficult to note having loaded myself up on Novantrone again mid "experiment". Mostly what I have learned from this ordeal is just what a weenie I am about self-control and habits. I seem to stomp about like a kid told "NO" in a candy store!
My fatigue has been considerably lower the past two days (again, Novantrone or NOT Novantrone? Who's to say...). So much lower today, in fact, I spent nearly 6 hours outside toiling in my yard...my body is now screaming at me as if I requested a miracle from it. But it felt good to break a sweat (and it was NOT hot outside either...naysayers!) and get some chores done that have been needing attention for quite some time.
I am one week post-Novantrone infusion now, so I will begin my hyper vigilant "cleanliness/stay away from germs" routine. For those of you not "in the know" about this drug, approximately 10-14 days post infusion, my blood counts are supposed to drop dramatically. What this means is, I become about a quart low on White Blood Cells, Red Blood Cells, and Platelets (just to name the biggies). The goal is to knock out many of my WBC's in hopes the little devils can't find their way into my brain and continue waging their MS war. The downside of this is, I become much more susceptible to infections (and there's always a DOWNSIDE to everything, isn't there?!?). I carry a jug of Purell around with me at all times and wring my hands in the goo like Lady Macbeth! ("Out you damn spots, out!"...OK, I may have lost some of you with that Shakespearean reference.)
Just about the time DOWNSIZE ME is officially over (there is a God), I will be at the peak of susceptibility for infection...I believe this will be the perfect time to get the new blender I bought out of the box (yes, EB...it's still in the trunk of my car!) and crank out a chocolate malt. I WILL be needing reinforcements...and refreshments,too...LOL...