It's been 6 months since my last stem cell injection.
Today, I realized that my immune system is slowly improving because I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Wait, doesn't that mean it's not working?! Well, waking up with a cold made me realize that I haven't gotten all of the cold and flu viruses that have been going around this school year.
Being a teacher, we are usually hit the hardest as far as germ exposure goes. But this year, I feel like I've been dodging bullets. I think this year my armor is stronger. This year, I didn't get wretchedly sick during the Winter Break like I normally do. I haven't even gotten the flu that's been circulating over the past few months.
Here's the scientific evidence my immune system is improved:
- My CD57 results came back. A few years ago, my level was at 53. As of my last blood test, my level is at 180!! (People with Lyme are said to be lower than 100, and most people are around 200-300, supposedly.)
- I haven't gotten a cold sore. Normally, I get cold sores (herpes simplex I virus outbreaks on my mouth) every few months, and I especially get them when I'm sick. As many can relate, cold sore outbreaks are painful and embarrassing. I've had ONE small outbreak since September, and it didn't even get big enough to see. It was just a small red patch that never blistered. It tingled, burned, then dried up and flaked off before even becoming really visible. It felt like a miracle; normally it is big, red, and painfully blistered and takes weeks to go away.
- I am no longer taking naps in the afternoon. Instead of staring off into space with a glassy-eyed expression from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., I am working.
My improvements didn't happen overnight. I wish I could just wake up tomorrow, jump out of bed and feel no pain. (Don't we all?) But the improvements are slow and gradual. They are similar to the days when you wake up and realize that you are happy, or that you really love someone. Or the days when you realize that everything is okay, even when it's not how you think it should be. Today is one of those days, even though I'm sick. Today I am 'sick' like a normal person would be sick.