Tuesday, April 18, 2006

clarify

It occurs to me that I should be a little more specific about my medical stuff because it really isn't that scary. Or it really doesn't have to be that scary. But it is a huge wake up call. I had optic neuritis and was hospitalized to treat it with massive amounts of steroids. While the optic neuritis was pretty bad at the start (with areas of complete blindness and loss of color) my recovery was, quite simply, fantastic. I have completely recovered my vision. Optic neuritis suggests a potential large health concern: multiple sclerosis. I'm learning that it is difficult to make an MS diagnosis, and I won't know for sure if I develop it for several years. That said, all my MRIs came back clean. I'll get the spinal tap results in a couple of weeks. And I have an appointment with a kick ass doctor who studies the connection between optic neuritis and MS. For now, I'm healing the eye trouble (with steroid tapers) and learning about MS (thank you google). The meds work me over good. But, considering, I'm feeling really good.

8 Comments:

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Xena said...

Oh my goddess! I hope it's nothing that serious - sending light and healing your way. Please keep taking care of yourself.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger BethK said...

Wow. That is *a lot* for anybody to go through. Geographically, you couldn't be in a better place to get the kind of treatment that will get you back on your feet and running. Hang in there!

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Mich said...

Oh my. I think optic neuritis and a possible MS diagnosis qualifies as scary. Correction: SCARY. I'm impressed by the calm and maturity that is coming through your post. Hang in there, stay strong. I'll keep thinking positive thoughts in your direction. (And if you want I'll go stick a note in the Wailing Wall too.)

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous scone said...

You're taking all this very well, and being so brave. Best of luck to you.

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger M@rla said...

Holy shit! Yeah, you need to write more often, I had no idea any of this was going on. Keep up the strong attitude, you know that will help you no matter what you face.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Megan said...

Oh my. That's something to knock the breath out of you and shake your perspective. Change just seems to come in and overwhelm all at once, the bastard. Hang in there!

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Muscles said...

Hey chaos, I'm so very happy to see your words on the net again. I feel your confusion and .... overwhelment (no such word). Take a deep breath, exhale, and feel all the loving souls holding you up.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger vj said...

I feel guilty that I just read this. Liz!! Your calmness is incredible, and I hope you are able to continue seeing things in such a detached way. Scary stuff, though. I'm thinking about you {{{}}}

 

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