“Sorry, there’s nothing we can do”

There is a stand up routine by Sean Lock where he recounts being told off for swearing by belligerent airport staff. His exasperated reply finishes with “This is exactly the sort of occasion swearing was f***ing invented for!” Excuse me a moment… a$%e!… &u$%&!!… (%d%*!!! %^&*!!… f&*^:~!!… ~*()&*&^$%$”!!!!!! There – out of my system… No,Continue reading ““Sorry, there’s nothing we can do””

Yearly neurologist meeting – 2009

Yesterday, I saw my neurologist’s registrar – Dr Somebodyorother plus one student. I had to recap my entire MS history from Day 1 again. I always find it difficult to remember the relapses prior to diagnosis as I didn’t recognise them for what they were at the time. I did my usual set of tests.Continue reading “Yearly neurologist meeting – 2009”

My MS History – Part Five

Between visiting the two consultants, I needed to do my research and also go for a lumbar puncture. I hated the steroids, they had the dual effect of causing severe heartburn, while simultaneously making me incredibly hungry. At the time it seemed that they didn’t do me any good. Particularly as in the following weeks,Continue reading “My MS History – Part Five”

Health Professional Body-count

With my long-awaited referral to a neuropsychologist finally coming through and my work leave sheet bursting with hospital and GP appointments, I thought it might be amusing to tot up the number of health professionals I have met regarding my MS since last summer. Phlebotomists – 5 Neurologists – 4 General Practitioners – 4 RadiologistsContinue reading “Health Professional Body-count”

My MS History – Part Four

I had a job interview in two days time. With a rare evening free of what I called brain fog, I was sitting at home preparing a presentation for it. My wife, unable to take the wait, had earlier phoned my neurologist to press him for the results of my MRI. As I was staringContinue reading “My MS History – Part Four”

Relapse spotting

Well, I guess this goes to show how difficult it can be to spot a relapse, sometimes. I spoke to H (my nurse) today about the optic neuritis and heavy legs that I have been experiencing over the last few days. She thought the optic neuritis sounded like I was experiencing a small relapse, butContinue reading “Relapse spotting”

My MS History – Part Three

I was now on the books of a consultant neurologist. With my stomach tying itself in knots, I re-capped my symptoms with one of his grim-faced registrars. I spent 45 minutes undergoing the usual tests. I did my trick of not being able to walk heel to toe. I watched a pen travel in frontContinue reading “My MS History – Part Three”

My MS History – Part Two

It was a brain tumour – it had to be. How else could it be explained? The GP said no heavy lifting, so maybe there was an outside chance of it being an enlarged blood vessel, ready to haemorrhage at any second. Everyone has something they are frightened of. Something so unimaginably horrific they neverContinue reading “My MS History – Part Two”

My MS History – Part One

Once somebody tells you, you have MS, you start to put a jigsaw together. You wonder whether that strange tingling sensation you had in your right arm last year had something to do with it, or in my case the vertigo diagnosis from the previous year and the little numb patch between my big toeContinue reading “My MS History – Part One”