Hi There!!! I'm 38yrs old.. married to an AIR FORCE MAN for 18 yrs... have 3 children 16,14,12 (2 boys 1 girl) They are an amazing support group for me.
Well, it all started when we got to Germany. (Hubby's in AF)It was DEC 2006, and we had only been there 3 months. It was COLD!!! After living in NM for 8 years it was a shock to the family to adjust to the weather again.. heeheehee. Anyway, I was really dizzy and not feeling well. It lasted a few days then went away. Then the New Year came and I noticed that my vision was not the same. Things were blurry and seemed to be moving like when the TV has the picture problem going up constantly. I just blew it off and figured it would go away. I was under a whole lot of stress at the time and figured that had alot to do with it and was getting TONS of headaches. Then February came~~ alone with the virtigo. Boy was it bad.. I went to the Dr and he gave me meds for it but it did no good. I was driving with one had covering one of my eyes just to see "right".. I know... DUMB!!! Then one morning after I took the kids to the bus stop, I came home and went back to lay down... woke up a little bit later to a "stroke like body"... I couldn't talk, couldn't smile, NOTHING!!!! FREAKED ME OUT!!!! SO, what did I do? I called my mommy in the States.. hoping she could comfort me... she did and then I got a hold of my husband at his office and got to LANDSTUL ARMY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ... the BEST FACILITY IN EUROPE.... this is the one where the troops go that get hurt in Iraq before getting sent back to the States... Anyway... they immediately did tests all over me.. and I had NEUROLOGISTS in with me the entire time. I thought for sure I was having a stroke. They didnt tell me a thing. I had MRI's, 2 Spinal Taps, tons of blood work, put on steroids and admitted... Nothing said....They just kept comign in and asking me to do different tests for coordination and things... I FAILED them ALL!!! I still can't close my eyes and find my nose with my right finger... UGH!!! The next day "Valentines Day" the Neurologist asked if my husband was coming to visit, I told him yes, he said "Good, we have to talk" He walked out... My husband and 3 teens showed up later that day, and they (the nurses) stopped them at the front and had the kids wait in the front waiting area and only he came back alone. Then the Doc came in and we were like..." Well.." Is it a Tumor? and he said "No it might be worse depending how you look at it" That scared me... then he told us it was MS... What a Valentines Day Gift.... "HI SWEETHEART, IT'S NOT A TUMOR... ITS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS oh, btw here's a candy bar for ya.." We only stayed in Germany for a few months. My condition got worse really fast and I was wheelchair bound 24/7. I needed to get back to the States to where we were closer to facilities that could accomodate me. On Aug 1 2007 we were back on a plane headed to OHIO. It's nice here, I'm finally in the same time zone as my parents for the first time in 18 yrs, and only 8hrs from our (mine and my husbands family's) "home" in Upstate NY. I am with the best Neurologists in the area and he has me on Tysabri. I had my first treatment Sept 4,2007 and I have been out of the wheelchair since. YEAH!!!! I'd like to meet more people "like me" . Just wondering what its like and what to expect later on.. Big Hugs, Karen
Jul 30, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
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