I teach preschool two mornings per week. I also volunteer quite a bit with children's programs at my church (assist with Wed evening programs weekly, teach SS monthly, do children's story during worship service monthly, etc). And, I volunteer about 2 hours per week in a 1st grade classroom in a local public school.
Although, in the past, I used to worry about picking things up, it really hasn't been a problem. I do get an annual flu shot. But, other than that, I don't worry much about taking anything other than usual pre-cautions. For example, I am even careful not to mega-dose on immune-boosting anti-oxidants, because I am not sure how they interact with our "confused" immune system.
I'm not sure, exactly, how MS affects our immune system. I know that, in auto-immune diseases, our immune system attacks itself.
- I am also not sure, exactly, how Copaxone (which I am using) or other ABCR's or DMD's affect our immune system. I did read this, on the Shared Solutions website:
... "COPAXONE® is believed to change the way your immune system reacts to MS by stimulating a protective immune response in your body. COPAXONE® prevents the development of harmful immune cells and stimulates the production of beneficial immune cells. These "good" COPAXONE®-activated cells then enter the central nervous system (CNS) to help reduce inflammation and damage at the site of lesions.
In theory, COPAXONE® could interfere with immune function. However, there is no evidence that COPAXONE® undermines the body's tumor surveillance or its defenses against infection, but there has not been a systematic evaluation of this risk."
Wish I could give some advice, Vicki. Sounds like it has been difficult for you to stay healthy?
Co-Leader: Plateau Busters!!!! & Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis
2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro
Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK
| current weight: 121.6