Friday, November 25, 2011
On Holidays with Myasthenia.....
These are all kind questions and we get used to them, however with someone battling the same roller coaster day in and day out it can be overwhelming in large quantities. I was always one to like the spotlight, I used to sing onstage for crowds, I enjoy public speaking...yes I am strange like that and no I don't claim to have the "moves like Jagger." But back to my point, while concern is kind it is not the type of attention I like or am comfortable with.
So this is how yesterday went for me:
6:30AM - 3:00PM - Worked, not too busy but enough to not be boring
4:30PM - ate a fine dinner prepared by my hubby and kids (I helped with the bisquits)
5:30PM - feeling pretty weak but not wanting to let anyone down went to my in-laws with Cindy
6:30PM - started feeling the dreaded full on weakness wave (the fact that I couldn't speak louder than a whisper by 5:00 should have been a clue but I am still hard headed an yes a bit in denial)
7:00PM - asked for a ride home...at this point I couldn't lift either foot off the ground, was full on slurring my speech, and one eye was half open...this is when the barrage of concerned questions came about and also the time I just wanted to crawl into my snail shell and hide.
7:30PM - Home...safe...recliner...life is good (or the same as it was yesterday)
Which brings me to the next topic I wanted to cover: I have lost the ability to assess myself.
As I have become more ill, I have avoided more outings, I am less social (well in the physical sense, I certainly make up for that on the phone and online) but I used to go out with friends all the time. So I am home and I accept my limitations and do what I can when I can, then I rest and I don't really take stock in how/when I am feeling weak like I did at the beginning of this illness. But the reality is (I realized last night in response to said concerned remarks) I am a wreck every single night. There isn't one day that goes by that I don't have double vision in the evening, lose the ability to speak like myself, lose the ability to lift things heavier than a water bottle and sometimes that too.
I am writing this post because last time I saw my neuro I told him things are going well, they are the same. Well they really aren't if I am honest. I am getting worse, slowly but surely, and I am just sitting here accepting it. Well I tell you what, I am not ready to give up the fight...I still have a chance at remission and gosh darnit I am going to fight for one.
So family and friends, that is what a Holiday is like with Myasthenia