Monday, October 14, 2013

MS Has Made an Appearance


Prior to about two months ago, MS was in my life, but it was easier to live with. I had many of the usual symptoms: difficulty with heat, headaches, some slight tingling in my legs, balance issues, and other minor annoyances. Well, that all changed. Two months ago, I was out in my backyard cutting a couple trees down. This is Houston, so weather is always an issue that time of year. It was 95 and I was feeling it. Anyways, something bit me on the neck and I didn't realize it when it was happening. What I remember, I took a shower that evening and my neck, shoulder and chest were feeling numb. I didn't think about it much, just that it felt strange. I forgot about it.

Friday night, man, it felt very noticeable and it was up in the side of my head and arm now, too. Okay, this is MS! This is what it's supposed to feel like! I emailed my MS doc early Saturday morning. Okay, I have to stop and say that at this time, I still didn't realize that I had been bit on the neck by something, an insect, a spider, something. I was just thinking, this is MS. Anyways, Monday, I realize there is some itching on my neck and I see about 5 or 6 red marks that look like bites. Your asking how do you feel itching when you are numb? Well, I'm not 100% numb. It's about 60% numb on my neck and shoulder. It decreases in level of numbness the further you go from that area, except my forearm, index finger and thumb are about 60% numb, too.

So, my MS doc responds that she is not recommending steroids, because I still have some feeling and I have full movement. Okay, the side effects of steroid treatment isn't something that people are bragging about, so okay, I guess I don't need that. Perhaps, when things calm down, the numbness will dissipate and go away, and the feeling will be restored, I hope. So, I will wait.

That's my story.

We Just Lost Track of Time, That's All


Where have you been, you ask?

Just trying to keep up, I suppose. I do things once in awhile. I'm involved more these days in trying to be a responsible MSer and volunteer my time and money. I posted a picture of last year's MS Walk at The Woodlands. I did it. I raised some money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I trust that they are using it wisely. I trust them so much, that I volunteered to help with the organization of this year's MS Walk! Yes, I did.

So, I'm on the committee. I quickly realized that these folks know what they are doing. They have done it before and they have it down. My involvement has been minor, admittedly. But, I am paying attention and trying to take part when the occasion arises. I have actually contributed and as the date gets closer, I see my commitment becoming bigger. I will be manning a team t-shirt give-out next week prior to the walk. I will be at the walk-site on the evening before the walk, setting up for the next day's activities. Then, I will be at the walk-site at 5 am, the morning of the Walk! Ugh! It's a big day and we have to get it ready for the 9 am start time. Haha! I will be there!

Anyways, I formed a team again: "We Just Lost Track of Time, That's All" is our team name. Again, I am trying to recruit team members and I think I have a few ready to jump! Sometimes you just gotta jump! Right? I do have some news on the team front. Last week we made a push to raise more funds. I won the award for most funds raised! And, I won the award for most emails sent out! The prize for the funds was a two-night stay at the Omni Westside here in Houston. I turned it down and they awarded it to the 2nd place person. I wouldn't have used it and I hate to see it go to waste. But, I did claim the prize for the most emails sent out. That was a dinner coupon to El Meson and dessert at The Chocolate Bar. I think I can use that, so there you go!

Anyways, long story short, the countdown for the MS Walk at The Woodlands is started. We will be walking Saturday, October 26 at 9 am. Oh, here's hoping for a nice, clear Fall day!