Sometimes life throws you curve balls.
A few weeks ago, I went on a business trip for work. The chance for true relaxation, I thought. Spent some time with a friend out to dinner, got a couple great hugs, came back to a nice hotel room and rested.
I actually felt free. Free of the drama that's plagued my life since December and before, able to float and just breathe. It was so nice.
For some reason, though...I got really tired that night and went to sleep early.
When I woke up, things were...different. My eyes seemed swollen, and part of my vision, well, it wasn't there. It was like a crescent at the bottom of my eyes had just disappeared.
I'm not normally a doctor type, but I immediately went to the optometrist nearby, who gave me steroid drops. She said it just looked like an inflammation.
I started my 5 hour drive for home that morning, being extra careful because of my vision.
About two hours in, the feeling in my right hand went to pins and needles. Then pain, then numbness. Then back to pins and needles. I began to take more rest breaks. A pinched nerve, I figured. Latent stress, maybe.
Got home and rested that night....woke up and called my doctor. Incompetent that she is, she had me squeeze a ball over the phone, said "you didn't have a stroke, my office is closed until Tuesday, come see me then if you're still having symptoms", and that was that.
On Monday, I went to the urgent care. The gentleman there immediately sent me to the neurologist. Between Monday and Wednesday I had two long MRI's with dye, examinations, eye exams, and other tests.
I have multiple sclerosis. About 95% sure. I have five lesions on my brain, which pattern fits the MS diagnosis and also explains my symptoms.
I spent a week on IV and oral steroids. My vision is returning and will become clear. I'm waiting for the numbness and pins and needles to go away now, along with hopefully the fatigue to fade.
My hand for now either is numb, burning or freezing. It won't shut up. Part of my face is numb off and on, my foot as well. Even part of my tongue. It's all intermittent while the nerves heal up, they say.
I begin injections of Copaxone in the next couple weeks; the research is good that between this medicine and alternative medicine, I will make a complete recovery. Time will tell.
In the meantime, my former stbx has rallied around me. She is being supportive and we've agreed to table the divorce/separation until this crisis is handled. "You won't be alone", shes said.
Right now, I'm very grateful.
So that's the synopsis...we'll see what happens next.
Thanks for listening...