At the moment, I’m battling … Not the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I’ve had for nearly eight years now, that’s going along quite well, mostly. I’m not battling that so much as simply living with it, knowing what is good for me, and what isn’t, and shaping my life around those things that MS has brought to me. So no, that’s not what I’m battling.
I’m battling something I shouldn’t have had to battle, and perhaps if I’d realised the extent of the possible problem, I probably would have better dealt with it in the beginning, and so wouldn’t have to be having any battle at all. I didn’t realise the extent of this problem, and just left things to sort themselves out, thinking that would be just fine. I was wrong.
Things aren’t just fine. They aren’t terrible, not yet anyway, and hopefully I’m on top of it now, so they won’t go that way. If things aren’t better, or at least almost better, I will be heading off to the doctors early next week. I feel silly about this, but there you go, It’s the Christmas season, other things get in the way, and things that should happen, don’t happen. So what is this all about? I’ll tell you …
Around three or four months ago, I was doing something I know I shouldn’t do, and that was picking at the dry skin on the side of my face, close to my right ear. I went a bit overboard with my picking, I suppose, and there was a bit of blood, not much, just a little. I thought nothing of it at first, but it bled a little bit more and it ended up as a scab, about the size of a man’s thumbnail. I assumed it would dry out and drop off quite soon. I was wrong.
I went through the Season, up to Christmas Day and beyond with this scab on the side of my face, just sitting there, not being a bother, but simply a very much less than attractive feature. Still nothing to really worry about though. With MS, wound healing can take longer than it would have in a person without MS. I knew that, so, as I said, didn’t worry.
Then the scab got painful to the touch, and I decided it may actually be a good idea to do something. The battle had begun! Three days ago, I put betadine on the scab, and noticed there seemed to be some kind of liquid oozing slightly from the scab. I didn’t like that, not at all, and the scab was still painful to my touch, when I put the betadine on it. I wondered whether that wound had become infected.
I’ve put betadine on that scab every day now, and this morning I discussed the issue with my husband and we are now both aware that it will be a doctors visit if things don’t improve. My husband is my carer and he takes his responsibilities in looking after me seriously. Sometimes too seriously for my liking, but not this time. I hadn’t thought about this until yesterday, but I’m feeling a bit weaker, and getting more tired at night, fatigued, in other words, and that’s when I began wondering about the possible interactions between this possibly infected sore, and my MS. I turned to the internet and discovered an interesting and relevant website.
So it seems my thoughts about my weakening body, and the scab/infection could well be the source. The body usually deals well enough with infections, doing good job of it for most people. Those of us with MS though, may have issues with that, and especially if their MS medication affects their immune system. My medication, Gilenya is certainly one of those, that’s what it’s supposed to do – It reduces the number of white blood cells in my body and so reduces the damage done (MS is from when the immune system for an unknown reason, attacks the Central Nervous System, causing scarring, which can slow or prevent the passing of nerve impulses to the body).
So, my thinking is that the weakening I’ve been feeling could well be caused by the infection affecting my body in was that could get worse, that’s why I’ve stepped up the battle a bit more. So earlier today, I put another dose of betadine on the wound, a bigger dose of it, and I’ve put a wound dressing in it. So take that small wound, I’m onto you, and you won’t get me!