Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Here we go again...

Well as I've seen happen before, I had another tooth infection followed almost immediately by a rather nasty chest cold.  And as I've seen happen before, the infections have apparently angered the MS, and I am once again relapsing.
The minute I felt the pain start in my tooth two weeks ago, part of me knew this was coming.  I had hoped it wouldn't, but history has shown that it doesn't take much to piss off the beast and cause a relapse.  Over the last week I've felt myself slowly slipping.  First, the numbness and tingling returned to the left side of my face.  Next my balance started to go, until now I can barely walk as I'm so dizzy it makes me nauseous.  My eyes are also acting up, which always scares me, as a return of the horrible double vision is a major fear of mine.  And of course, right on cue, my cognitive has sufficiently gone south leaving me a 'word fishing', stuttering, mess.

I finally contacted my doctor today, and as I thought he would, he immediately ordered another round of IV steroids.  I swore I wouldn't do IV steroids again, yet here I go again.  Unlike the last two times of starting the infusion many weeks into a full-blown relapse, this time I am starting almost immediately before things get severe.  I am hoping, praying, that because of this it will be more effective than it was the last time.  The sad fact is, I don't feel I have much other choice except to try again.  I do not want to be relapsing over Christmas.  Urgh.

What also sucks is the fact I can no longer do the infusion at home.  Apparently, two months ago the insurance company stopped authorizing home treatment if it is less than five days long.  So now, I have to go into the hospital outpatient three days in a row for the infusion.  I am not happy about this.  What a waste of time.  I can do everything myself except insert the actual needle, it's ridiculous I now have to go have someone else do everything for me.  *sighs*

So, that's where I am at.  Expect another post soon once I start the infusion.

Be well all,