Ocrevus Infusion Day!

Two days ago I received my third full Ocrevus infusion, and I am so happy to report, as expected, all went well!

In case you are new to my blog, I am a person living with multiple sclerosis, and since my diagnosis in 2014, I have been on Tecfidera and Gilenya. In the late winter of 2020, I suffered three back to back relapses, and after seeking a new MS specialist, I finally started on Ocrevus!

Masked up and waiting for my infusion to start!

And ever since beginning my Ocrevus journey, I have been feeling well, with little to no fatigue, and zero new lesions! It’s working!

What Did My Ocrevus Infusion Look Like?

I love to provide details about my infusions in case you are new to Ocrevus and seeking out some reassurance about exactly what is about to happen at your infusion.

All set to receive my Ocrevus infusion at home!

First, I prefer to have my infusions at home rather than at the hospital or an infusion center. It makes it much more enjoyable to curl up on your own couch to watch a movie or read a book while you are waiting for it to finish!

To start my day, I drank a few glasses of water, had a nice salad for lunch, and then my nurse showed up a little before noon. After taking my premeds (Tylenol and Benadryl), she administered the steroids, which took about thirty minutes, and then started the Ocrevus.

When receiving Ocrevus at home, instead of having to be attached to an IV pole, you actually get a handy little carry case, which I love, because it makes it much easier to be able to get up and move around.

From start to finish, it only took about four hours!

I was able to write a blog post, read a couple chapters of a new book and watch a movie. Then it was already done!

(By the way, if you are looking for a laugh, definitely check out Life of the Party. I laughed out loud a couple of times!)

What I watched during my infusion!

To see a specific schedule of an Ocrevus infusion, check out my other post about a previous infusion by clicking RIGHT HERE!

How Did I Feel Immediately After my Infusion?

FINE!

I had a slight headache after, but once I lied down and took two Aleve, all was well. And yesterday, I had so much energy! I actually rode TEN miles on my stationary bike.

So is it worth giving up half a day every six months?

To keep my MS symptoms in check and slow the progression of this disease?

Absolutely.

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  • Want to know even more about my journey with multiple sclerosis?

My short-read memoir is available now on Amazon!

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You Don’t Look Sick by Kristen Dutkiewicz

Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

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