Friday morning I woke up with some aches and fasciculations. I thought that was unusual because since I started taking dutasteride the aches and twitching have been relatively minor. As I prepared breakfast, I noticed my left arm was very weak. Initially, I blamed my old friend, Kennedy’s Disease.
My 65 minute exercise program went well, so I put aside the aching and twitching and went about my business. By early afternoon my neck, shoulders and legs were aching … almost painful. And, even though it was 80 degrees, I felt chilled. I was wearing a sweater and had a blanket over me and still could not stay warm. By dinnertime my stomach was upset and I was applying heat to the shoulders and neck. Pressure (gas) built up in my chest and abdomen. I could hardly stand up from my chair by early evening. I went to bed early, but could not sleep. My fever broke around midnight. If I had an hours sleep that night I would be amazed.
The next morning I could not sit up in bed. I was just too weak. I could not get any food down so I sipped on Coke and 7up throughout the day. The pressure in my abdominal area was still very intense. Fortunately, March Madness was on TV and in between my constant napping I was able to watch some of the games. By evening, I got a half a bowl of soup down … my first food in over 26 hours. Extra-strength Gas-X also seemed to help.
Last night I had a good nights sleep and woke up feeling a lot better this morning. My stomach is still telling me with its gurgling and rumbling that I am not totally well, but at least the aches are gone. Breakfast tasted good this morning ... food at last … wonderful.
I am maybe 50% recovered today, but I am definitely on the mend. I did a light workout this morning and it felt pretty good, but I could tell I was still weaker than normal.
Because those of us living with Kennedy’s Disease are already weakened, any normal illness can cause us more problems. It is a reminder that I need to be cautious when out in public. I cannot afford to be exposed to colds, the flu, and other transmitted viruses and bacteria. Any illness that weakens a normal person can become detrimental to someone with Kennedy’s Disease.
My mother always said:
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep your fingers away from your eyes.
- Never shake hands with anyone when you are not feeling well.
Be safe and healthy!