I feel sorry for my marathoning friends whose races were cancelled this weekend due to the storm, though I’m grateful as hell to Mother Nature for dumping her first snowfall on Philly yesterday. Because of that, I was able to grab a cancellation spot today at my neurologist’s office.
I don’t have much to report yet, other than I really like him. He spent nearly 2 hours with me and was super easy to talk with. Interestingly, he thought my running video looked like Parkinson’s, though he said clearly I don’t have that. Also interesting was that I was so focused on the running gait and the random constant itching episodes that I almost neglected to tell him the more “normal” MS-type symptoms (the feeling of water dripping down my leg, the phantom hair on my finger and some consecutive mornings waking up with pins and needles on my left arm). Once I told him that, he went from questioning the idea of MS, “though likely a spinal cord problem” to it suddenly becoming more likely.
I’m to get MRIs of spine and brain and possibly a spinal tap. I’d love to get all this done now, but he suggested I wait till my new insurance starts in January since the tests will be way cheaper (thank you, Obamacare!). So, tests at the beginning of next month, then I’ll see him again on January 27th.
Aside from that, I have knee reflexes again which is heartening since they’d been completely absent before, though the blood pressure is still weirdly high so I guess I need to talk to my GP about that. But the main thing is that I feel a zillion percent better for having talked to someone – my mind has been such a dark, scary hole these last few weeks.
And that’s it for now. Have a happy holiday season, folks. I wish you all peace in every shape, form and thought and I’ll see you in 2014!