Not one for confrontation, I was appalled last week when my immune system decided to pick a fight with me. Sure, we’ve had our fair share of rough and tumble over the years, but usually I can accept some accountability. For example, if I insist on going mad on the housework, I expect to suffer a few punches here and there, likewise if I take the kids to the park I shouldn’t be at all surprised when my body retaliates. This time, however, I refuse to accept the blame.
You see, I was lucky enough to receive my first Covid jab at the weekend; something I am so thankful for. Unfortunately, my immune system was not impressed and launched an all-out attack on me later in the day. When you have a condition like MS you’ll often find that previous damage can be reawakened and long lost symptoms can come back to bite you at the drop of the hat or, in this case, the jab of a needle. Which is precisely what happened to me. My left leg, which remains severely weakened from a relapse I had in 2019, started to fail on me. During the night I was left paralysed on that side, jolting spasms shooting through my body as I tried, and failed, to move. I’ve been there before and it’s one of the scariest experiences I’ve had with MS, you never quite know how well you’ll recover from these attacks, if, indeed, you ever will; is the damage permanent?
In this case, I’ve made a ‘full’ recovery and am back to dragging my half dead leg around – phew!
I’ll admit that while I was lying in bed, unable to move and in severe pain, I felt a bit panicked. My husband had brought up my phone so that I could call him if I needed help, but what use was that when he couldn’t hear it ring over the din of the radio, the television and the screams and giggles emanating from my tearaway children? I was left literally screaming for help when my calls weren’t answered, and by the time help arrived in the shape of my husband and a couple of bewildered looking kids, I was a sobbing wreck. Eventually, I was helped painfully down the stairs (oh, to have a bungalow!) and led to the sofa, where I remained for the rest of the day.
It wasn’t all bad, however, my parents heroically whisked the kids away and I treated myself to a triple bill of Sandra Bullock films; what better company could you ask for when you are feeling unwell?!
NOTE: I am incredibly grateful to have been given the vaccination and I certainly do not want to put anyone off from having it themselves. From what I have seen and read, most people, with or without MS, do not experience any side effects. It is important that as many people as possible are vaccinated to protect the more vulnerable and to ensure that some form of normality can resume as soon as possible. I shall look forward to my second dose and perhaps another triple bill of Bullock.