MS, Coronavirus, and My Crazy Immune System

MS, Coronavirus, and My Crazy Immune System

When I received my multiple sclerosis diagnosis, I was told that my immune system is a little weaker than most people’s and I am more susceptible to getting sick. But I didn’t realize how easy it would be to catch a cold until I did.

No matter what precautions I take, it seems that if someone is sick around me, I have a good chance of catching their cold. Fighting the cold can also be a struggle. It feels as if no matter what I do, my immune system just surrenders to the sickness.

Once when I got sick and went to the doctor, I thought it was just a small cold. But I had an upper respiratory illness and a sinus infection. That small cold resulted in four prescriptions and five days away from work. That’s when it hit me: My body doesn’t fight off viruses like it did before.

Catching a cold

I try to avoid being in the presence of someone who is sick. My mother had a cold when she returned from vacation, so I bought cleaning products, gloves, and even medical masks to protect myself from her germs. I tried to sanitize the house, but my entire plan failed. The next day, my throat hurt, and before I knew it, she was fine and I was the one confined to bed.

Coronavirus concern

With everything going on in the world thanks to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, we must take precautions to do what we can to prevent getting sick. Experts say that those with weaker immune systems are more vulnerable to it. When I heard this, I decided to take all of the necessary precautions to protect myself from this virus.

Taking precautions

Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes are to be found in abundance in my house. Frequently touched areas get a wipe down just in case. I have sanitizer and hand wipes in the car, and I only go out if I have a good reason. Limiting my interaction with others and avoiding crowds will protect my health. Netflix and DIY projects have become my main outlets for entertainment.

Despite watching TV news reports and reading about the virus, I can’t sit here feeling scared. I will resolve to wash my hands more than I already do and use more sanitizer. I will avoid going places with crowds unless it’s necessary. Living in fear will not make this virus go away, but taking some extra steps can help. All I can do is hope for the best and pray that it’s all over soon.


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  1. Ruth Hoham says:

    Are you taking a DMT? I have been told that our immune systems are rather “robust,” but therapies are responsible for compromising it. Those of us not taking treatment are not at increased risk.

  2. Linda says:

    I’ve understood with MS our immune system is overactive not underactive ie weaker??Unless you are on immune suppressing meds for MS, then yes, we’re susceptible to ‘catching anything going around’. Good old soap and water is preferable to hand sanitizers or wipes. Know why? Because a virus is coated in a type of fat cell and in exactly the same way that good old soap and water gets fatty grease off your dishes, it will help to disrupt and remove the virus off your hands. It’s cheaper too. And better for the environment than wipes that have to be produced and disposed of. Check it out and give it a go. Nanna was right all along! There may be a silver lining to this challenging situation. Maybe it’s an opportunity to press the reset button and get some permanent behavioural change where we all think about our choices of what we buy and use because we’re all in this world together. Afterall, you could argue that we’re in this covid 19 mess because some nincompoops decided it was a great idea to eat illegally captured endangered animals at an unhygienic wet market where illegally sold wild animals are kept and slaughtered in unsanitary conditions. But that’s just my personal opinion.

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