I wrote in an earlier post that my ME/CFS specialist, Dr. C, recommended a drug called Rifampin that has been shown to "correct" the flagging immune systems of some PWMEs. Dr. C prescribes a one week course of the drug. When it works, the patient usually develops a flu about one to two weeks after starting the drug (so, sometime after finishing it). I started Rifampin two weeks from yesterday.
I woke this morning feeling crashed and flu-ish. My wife asked, "could it be from that medicine?" To be honest, I had forgotten about the Rifampin when nothing happened after about 10 days. Just another failed experiment, I figured. Plus, it seems like months ago that I took Rifampin. I had to check and recheck my calendar to verify that it wasn't.
I dragged myself in to work today and, as I started to feel worse and worse, I gained more and more hope that this could be it. This could be the flu that resets my immune system. I'm perspiring on a cold day! I'm achy all over! I can barely sit up in my desk chair! Sniffles! Surely I have a fever. Hallelujah!
...until I took my temperature with a spare thermometer from my desk drawer. 97.7.
I suppose that this "flu" that Dr. C speaks of might not require a fever, per se, but somehow I doubt it. Probably this is just another crash...the worst in months.
As of yesterday, I was scheduled to examine witnesses in two all-day depositions today and tomorrow, but thankfully they were postponed late yesterday afternoon. I would have been in a "world of hurt" if I were trying to take a deposition today. Now, I just have to hold on for the next two hours, pick up my daughter from daycare, drive home and get in bed.