Today I would like to make a very important announcement, an announcement that I’ve been waiting to make for a long, long, time. I have put much thought into when and how I would make this announcement and finally I believe I have found the appropriate answer.
Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.
As of Thursday, October 21, 2010, I, Matt Allen G., officially announce the beginning of my 2010 remission!
Now I need to make this clear, I did not wake up yesterday symptom-free, I still have some minor symptoms and they may never go away. However, I decided that October 21 of 2010 will be my official date of remission because most of my symptoms are gone, multiple sclerosis is no longer holding me back! So though it is quite possible that some of my remaining symptoms will still fade, I think it is safe to announce that most my symptoms have subsided and that my remission has begun!
Main Remaining Symptoms:
1) Minor Vision impairment (need glasses now)
2) Skin on right side of body is tender to cold objects (such as cold water or a col metal object)
3) Occasional cognitive impairment (short term memory loss, etc)
So why Thursday, October 21 of 2010? Well, yesterday I saw my optometrist, the appointment was very pleasing! My eyes have shown much improvement so I was finally able to get new glasses! I did another peripheral field vision test and the results were also great, my blind spots are almost completely gone! The blind spots that do remain however are being compensated for by the opposite eye, meaning, as long as I have both eyes open, I have full range of vision!
Thursday, October 21 of 2010 is an important day to me because it is the day that I got the official OK to drive again! I have known that I could see well enough to drive for a while now, I would have never put other people’s lives at risk just because I felt like driving, so I wanted to wait for an official OK to drive from my optometrist which I finally got yesterday! It feels good to be back on the road!
The top two images are the results of my peripheral field test when my vision first started to go and the bottom two images are from October 21 of 2010. Each circle represents my left or right eye and the dark spots represent my blind spots. So as you can see from the first test I was pretty much completely blind on the left side of each eye and now those blind spots have reduced immensely!
I do have to note, these are two different test from two different machines. They are both the same KIND of test and both work the same way however the above test was just a little more in-depth. Either way, it is obvious that my eyes have improved a great deal! And that’s all that matters!
So now that I have pretty much gone into remission you can expect to see less progress updates from me because there is not much to talk about, I will probably start working on my personal blog so you can still follow along on all my crazy adventures while I keep this blog revolving more around multiple sclerosis ( I will post a link to my personal blog when it is up and running). So while I am living a life of remission I plan on focusing my writing on technical medical articles and MS related news. I will try to keep it as interesting as possible while still being informative and every once in a while I will be sure to throw in a progress update.
I just want to say thank you for everyone’s support! You have no idea how much it has helped me get through this exacerbation! For anyone out there reading who is in need of any kind of help please contact me! I feel that I have a responsibility to do my part in the world of multiple sclerosis by helping who ever I can, however I can. So seriously, do not hesitate to e-mail me about anything! I will gladly answer as quickly as humanly possible!
Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!