Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monoclonal Antibodies: A credible hope for auto-immune disorders

Coming back for another update on my dealings with Dermatomyositis, this time, oddly, I'm here to share great news. For the first time, in a long time, things are looking up for me.

Just as recently as just three weeks ago, I had a very bad respiratory episode. See, my disease has made waste of my lungs, leaving me with less than half of normal lung functionality. What that means is that anything as simple as a regular cold can knock me down. About three weeks ago one of my little ones came home with a cold. Knowing my condition I should have take precautions to avoid catching it myself... but I didn't, so I caught it. At the beginning it just felt like a regular cold. I had a mild fever for less than a day, and then the symptoms left. But... a slight cough remained. For those of you who know my stories, you know what coughs mean for me. A few days passed, the cough persisted, getting worse, and worse. Then I was getting short of breath all the time. At some point it got so bad I didn't feel like getting out of bed because I had no energy to do anything.