There doesn’t seem to be much happening on the Still’s front news-wise so you’ll have to make do with some more updates on me.
I had an appointment at the clinic for wound care this morning. The dressing wasn’t as covered with the blue/green drainage as the other day, but still enough to prove that the infection is there. She cleaned the wound with some anti-microbal stuff and applied another Iodine-soaked patch before replacing the dressing with a fresh one. Boy does that stuff sting! I’m taking it as a sign that it is actually doing something under there!
Thankfully, the wound itself looks pretty good. There had been no deterioration of the tissue, which is the worry with this type of infection; in fact, it seems to be healing quite nicely and looks much smaller and neater. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to get on top of the infection quite quickly and that it will have healed completely before long and with a not-too-unsightly scar. Then it will be time for round two, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it…
It has been two weeks since I had my first Toclizumab infusion, although it actually feels a lot longer! I hadn’t really noticed any difference and wasn’t holding out too much hope after my experience with Abatacept (not just the fact that it didn’t work but getting my hopes up so much I was convinced it was!). However, last night I suddenly realised I had a bit more movement in my right knee, which has been swollen, stiff and very restricted recently. For the first time in weeks I was able to climb the stairs normally (well almost) and when we looked at the knee, the swelling had subsided and the knee was nearly the same size as my left knee. Now, my knee swelling has never subsided without the help of steroids/injection, so I took this as a good sign!
Today, the knee isn’t quite as good but still much better than it was. It is more painful now than with the swelling but I can feel something going on in the joint – almost as if there’s a small battle going on in there, which I guess there could be of sorts. I just hope the Tocilizumab wins! I’m trying not to get too excited, but maybe this is a step towards getting things under control once again. It has helped so many others after all, perhaps it really could be the wonder drug we are all looking for.