Treatment

By: Connor Lenahan

Tomorrow morning I’m getting my latest treatment for Osteogenesis Imperfecta. No need to be alarmed, this is all par for the course. I’ve talked about these treatments before in the past.

There’s something about these treatments that has gotten better over the past eight years I’ve had them. Back when they started in 2006, the treatments were very heavy. For three days every three months I would be hooked up to an IV for six hours. Even though I was just sitting in place, this was exhausting. Having fluids consistently pumped into my body took a toll. It would take a few days before I was back to full strength.

Then there came the new drug. By switching to Zometa, I saw an immediate improvement in the ease of the treatments. Instead of every three months, it’s every six months. Instead of three days, it’s one. Instead of six hours, it’s 45 minutes.

Think about how much better that is. It not only helps me get stronger, but does it without impeding my life for half a week. Plus, with a far smaller time spent getting fluids, I don’t get exhausted at all after the infusions. It’s incredible.

I’ve seen first hand the incredible medical technologies that have been brought to the world in my life. I love that something that used to be a chore is now a fairly insignificant task. That easiness doesn’t take away from the gains the treatment give me either. Every time I get poked, I’m getting stronger. My doctors have looked out for the easiest ways of making my health improve for years, and tomorrow is a testament to their efforts. The fact that I’ll be back from the Philadelphia treatment before my brothers get out of school is amazing. Under half a decade ago, I didn’t think that was a possibility.

And here we are. I may say it a lot, but I live a blessed life. Twelve hours from now the treatment will be finished, and I’ll be coming home stronger and more Unbreakable than ever. Just how I want it to be.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at lenahan@bu.edu