Well – the 75 mg Ampligen dose didn’t last long. It started erasing every bit of progress I had gained on the 50 mg Ampligen dose. So in the middle of week number 30 I cut back again to 50 mg – just in time to catch one of the worst flu bugs I have ever caught in my entire life. 

That bug just held on and on too. I ran a fever from December 29th right through January 4, 2012. As one friend so quaintly put it, “what a way to ring in the new year.” Between the flu, the colds, the bronchitis, the sinus infections and myriads of other little bugs the likes of which I never have caught before I have come to the conclusion that Ampligen is effectively downregulating my immune system.

All these years I thought that my immune system was rather weak. Apparently, not weak enough for the Ampligen’s liking.

Another odd thing that I cannot ignore any longer is the way my nails are growing. They have grown faster, longer, stronger and sharper than ever before. If I do not keep my nails trimmed to the quick I cut myself on them. Before starting Ampligen I have had (maybe) two in-grown toenails in my entire life. I have now had several in a row. I finally have had to go to a podiatrist and have part of the nails removed. (Yes, that was tremendously fun.)

My body also seems determined to react to the Ampligen in varying extremities some weeks based on some as yet unknown factor(s). I have decided to call these mini surges in adverse events “Ampligen tantrums.”

On the other hand I’ve waited a long time to announce with confidence that I can exercise again. Not a lot, but some. I can do 20 minutes of aerobics or a brisk 30 minute walk  every day. Best of all I still have leftover energy to shop, to cook dinner, play with the dogs and even have friends over. After a full day I can expect to do less the next day, but I can still exercise and leave the house. This is truly a remarkable thing for me.  

It has been a long, hard road so far, but a road very much worth taking. I still expect that my body will throw “Ampligen tantrums” every so often, but at least I can now confidently take a 30 minute walk to chill out.

Happy New Year!