So sorry for being away from blogging lately. Just wanted to touch base with an update.
My MS had been acting up lately. Just last week, my legs and feet became peg-legs and were hard as rocks. They just wouldn’t bend. My feet literally felt like they were stuck in mud. Blurred and double vision was activated. All I could think about was this is it! I’ve progressed to the point of no return. I just wasn’t ready for that reality and everything it meant.
Hubby took me the ER and I was admitted. They ran the usual, complete lab workups, MRIs, and a three day course of IV Solumedrol. My labs looked good. MRIs were virtually unchanged for previous studies. The Solumedrol did its job (praise the Lord). I was regaining sensation to my legs, my ankles and toes were moving, and my vision issues were stabilizing.
The “Now What?” With symptoms improving, I was transferred to an inpatient neuro rehab hospital. Certainly not a part of my game plan, however, I knew this was where I need to be.
A week of evaluations. The schedule here is rather vigorous. It became very apparent to me that rest and sleep was encouraged. On my first night, at 10 pm, my nurse suggested, “You might consider calling it a night, you have a big day tomorrow.” I looked at her and immediately thought, she works here, she understands the demands of patient schedules! I quickly responded, “Yes, Ma’am!”
It didn’t take long to realize the importance of rest. Each day begins at 6 am, breakfast, dress, and meds before beginning your three hours of therapy – PT and OT, with rest and meals in between. They give you “a break on the weekends with only a couple hours of therapy.” I’m a okay with the schedule. I know with hard work, I’ll be able to accomplish my goals here: to walk again, to strengthen my body, and to be independent to the best of my ability. My biggest motivators? Going home. I can’t wait to be with my hubby and puppers, and to celebrate and dance with my son at his wedding in May.
Tuesday is a big day for us. With my evals complete, data gathered, my medical team meets to design a plan for treatment, including expected length of stay…we can’t wait.
Wishing you all a great week and look forward to writing again!
“Count Your Blessings”