Voodoo science...at least that's what I "think" Dr. She Who Will Not be Named called it. But, then again, I was a tad bit "out of it" during most of my hospital conversations with her, so maybe I called it that! LOL
A few of you have inquired via email wanting to know exactly what IVIg is, so I thought I'd try to share with you what MY explanation is...at least what a nice nurse printed out from the computer for me when she overheard the following conversation between a friend of mine and the stuporous me while in the hospital:
Friend: "So, what exactly is that (pointing to the large bag of fluid running in my arm)?"
ME: "Hell if I know. Something she's (doctor) calling IVIg. Personally, I think it could be poison (said with my best paranoid flare). She's tried to kill me before, ya know?"
Now you may understand WHY sweet Nancy Nurse quickly printed a copy of information from the website, www.cidpusa.org/P/ivig.htm ! And since this information is clearly under copy write, let me plagiarize with the best of 'em.
So, what I gather I received for 5 days while being held hostage at Club Med was a bunch of bags of antibodies called IgG. The "information" says this is a plasma product obtained from anywhere between 3,000 and 20,000 (seems kind of a high number to me) donors. "Allegedly" (now dabbling in legal terms) people with auto immune disorders (such as MS) can be deficient in these antibodies, so mega doses are infused to "create" said antibodies...somehow IVIg "allegedly" inactivates abnormal autoantibodies being formed. IVIg actually stands for, "Intra Venous Immune Globulin"...trust me when I say I had those letters meaning something a whole lot sinister, but not fit to print!
And that's all I know...seems like I should know more, but I don't. Seems like I should MAYBE be a bit more concerned, but I'm not. What I DO know is I now have a splitting headache (which I've had since Wednesday), have been running a low grade fever, and have a very bad pain in my neck (literally).
Are the MS symptoms the IVIg was supposed to work on any better? Maybe...it's really hard to tell with this headache and cramping in my neck. I DO think I will ask more questions next time before I sign up for any "Voodoo Medicine" in the future...of course, maybe I DID ask questions, but forgot the answers. LOL
Back to the couch where I belong...