When Your Immune System Is on Vacation, You Need To Call In the Guard

Science to the rescue!

Sandi Parsons
Speaking Chronically


Unicorn pool float in the ocean
Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay

It’s not the scariest consent form I’ve ever signed.

There are no guarantees about the effectiveness of this treatment.
There are no guarantees of the safety of this treatment.
There is a possibility of medication interactions (known and unknown).
There is a possibility of side effects (known and unknown).

Those ‘known side effects’ ranged from headache and fatigue to blood clots and cardiomyopathy.

Despite being a brand spanking new medication that’s ‘provisionally approved’ for use in Australia the benefits outweigh the risks.

A fire breathing Gene Simmons

My immune system used to dress like Gene Simmons in full KISS demon garb. He’d strut about on border security as the guitar thrummed to War Machine. A warrior fighting for my life. Determined never to let go.

Determined to win.

My immune system would take any help on offer and breathe fire at the invading nasties.

He kept up the good fight when I was coughing up blood. And on the days when I was too weak to fight, he clung tightly by his fingernails to keep me alive.



Sandi Parsons
Speaking Chronically

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.