We made it back and are slowly trying to play catch up; having been gone for three glorious weeks. I will post pictures and share a few stories and moments in a bit, but first felt that I should probably give folks (that care) a bit of an update on my new medication: TECFIDERA (DMD). I have to say, still going “swimmingly” well over here, in that I have never experienced any of the flushing/hot-flash type symptoms, and still find that I don’t REALLY have to take it with food, but do still try and make an effort with that rule. I am continuing to feel most of my regular symptoms (fatigue, muscle fatigue, muscle spasms and even the pain) are less than they have been a quite a while…BUT during my vacation, I discovered that I DO have an issue, and have probably had it since I started taking it back in May/June. I am FULL OF SHIT! Meaning I am experiencing constipation for the first time EVER in my life. (Ridding myself of shit has NEVER been an issue for me, that is until NOW.)
You might be wondering how it is that I didn’t notice this nice new feature to my body. I have mentioned before, I am pretty damn imperceptive when it comes to my body and what I am feeling or experiencing. I just DON”T notice things! I know that this is NOT a quality to brag about (although it CAN come in handy when trying to ignore the pain) but it is just part of who I am. I just roll with the punches, move forward, plow through, what ever you want to call it. BUT eventually I DO take notice of things, and after about 2 weeks on the East coast, I realized that I had not had a bowel movement the entire time I was there. Which got me to thinking….when was the last time? And truth be told…I don’t really know for sure. Although I certainly DO remember the small turd in the darkened hallway, that was not a substantial off-loading of shit. I realized that I WAS/AM experiencing a side-effect to taking Tecfidera. FECAL COMPACTION, which my 15 year old informed me “is NO joking matter.” How he knows about that particular term and what he knows about being full of shit I will leave for another day, but I didn’t need him to tell me that being “plugged up” isn’t a desirable state of being.
So…a call to my dr, and a trip to the drug store and I am HOPEFULLY on my way towards being “regular” again (although the kids would say I am anything but regular!:) Will let you know, cause I am SURE you want to know!!!!:)