It was a normal day. Rushing to get the kids off to school and get ready for the work day. Feed the dogs. The usual stuff or so I thought. I didn’t feel good that morning. Which I guess should have been a clue. I hadn’t had so much as a cold in years. That’s exactly how I felt though like I was catching a cold. No biggie life keeps going right! I remember having a little time to relax because I was working later that day and thought a cup of tea might help.
I became very fatigued. I thought oh please don’t let this be the flu. I don’t have time for this with the kids and I was a retail manager and it’s October. As I went to leave for work my left leg was so heavy. It was like sandbags were tied to my ankle. My eye started twitching and I had double vision in my left eye. I drove to work but the scary part is I don’t remember the drive just arriving in the parking lot at work. It was a struggle to get out of my car. The walk in was worse. My left foot is now dragging.
My boss saw this and called a co-worker to take me to the hospital. When I arrived I had lost all use of my left side. Eye still twitching non stop and double vision. Their first thought was TIA and rushed me for an MRI. Mean while waiting to find out what’s next. They did more test. Cognitive test was one of them. They held up pictures and I was supposed to tell them what they were. Needless to say I failed. I knew what the pictures were but a random word would come out. Ok I’m a little worried now!
MRI showed no signs of TIA. The doctor said he had to consult with a Neurologist before he knew anything and in the mean time they would run more tests. The next morning the Neurologist said he was pretty sure it was MS but he had to rule out other diseases first.
You see where I’m going with this. So I won’t include the boring details. After 11 days in the hospital I finally went home. I was never again the person I was before that day. Life goes on and that’s how my journey began.