Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hope you and your feet are not Squeamish!

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So before I get to the good stuff let me apologize for my lack of blogging… Again… There just has been nothing to talk about! I want to get back to writing some more “educational” stuff but the 105 degree weather here in SoCal has just been draining me… I have been so fatigued lately and just sleeping all day… Anyways, the good stuff. About a month ago (or around that long ago) when I had my really bad relapse I guess my foot went a little numb without me realizing it. During that time I guess I stepped on something that decided to stick around. I didn’t realize this till after my exacerbation had cleared up and I started feeling a sharp pain in my foot. When I checked it out I had a very distinct bump on my foot like there was something under my skin. I thought I had somehow stepped on a small rock or something because it was about the size of a small pebbel and even though I had not been outside it just felt like that was what was under my skin since the bump was so firm. This is one of the many reasons I don’t like walking around barefooted…

So at first I paid little attention to this as it only hurt when I walked on it and since I am rarely out and about and mostly spending my time in bed or sitting on a chair I usually just forgot about it. Plus I figured my body would absorb or push out what ever it was that was stuck in my foot, no big deal. But over the weeks the pain just got worse and worse so finally I decided I was going to cut it out myself. I didn’t want to go to the doctor and pay money to have him refer me to someone else to cut it out and charge me more cash when it looked like what ever it was wasn’t that deep. I have cut out pretty thick, deep splinters of wood and metal many times before and this, this thing was way closer to the surface then the other things I have dealt with in the past. Plus I used to have these special razor blades for a box cutter that I used to use when I sold motorcycle parts and they were so sharp that I had on several occasions accidentally cut a ruler in half when trying to cut in a straight line. Unfortunately I could not find them… So I got a regular razor blade, extras sharp tweezers, gauze, a band aid, and plenty of alcohol to disinfect everything.

The Best things in the End are the Hardest in the Beginning

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This post really doesn’t have to do with MS but is more of just me journaling, stating my state of mind I suppose. It probably won’t make any sense and that’s a good thing because I don’t really want it to, I just want to speak into the world and know that the words are not bouncing off the wall 2 feet from my face but instead working their way into society, into life, to be free and observed by any whom should choose to take interest in them. Im just in one of those moods you know? I just need to write, write so I can feel like I got what ever it is I’m talking about off my chest for my own personal satisfaction.

Steroids Worked Fast! I Can See Again!

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Well that was in fact the fastest I have ever responded to a steroid treatment and it was only 3 days on the IV! Granted I did start taking 80mg of Prednisone a few days beforehand which probably helped too but even still, my symptoms cleared up in less than 2 weeks and noticeably! No more double vision for me! Things are still a little blurry but my glasses fix that no problem so glad for that, will be doing some portraits later on this evening for some friends, it will be nice to be able to take some pictures and work on them without being blind!

So not much else has been new, I have been really tired lately and oversleeping sure doesn’t help with that… Even with 3 alarms I find myself crawling right back into bed and knocking back out… I really hate this yucky, groggy, feeling that I get all day from oversleeping, I need to start working out. Need to figure out what the heck I am going to do about my diet and than try to start putting some weight back on and building my strength and endurance back up. That should help with my energy levels… But I have lost almost 15 pounds in the last couple weeks… Not good… I hate being skinny!

Steroids Helping Vision: Horrible Infusion Day

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Oh my, what a day… Going to keep this one short because I am EXHAUSTED! So let’s start with the good news first. The Prednisone I have been taking seems to have been helping my eyes. Today I have got to the point where I only get double vision if I look to my right. Everywhere else doesn’t really double but it’s still very blurry and sometimes doubles for a second if I move my eyes or head to quickly. Did just figure out that wearing my glasses with both lens exposed (was taping one for a while) lets me see so much more clearer than I have been able to see so wish I figured that out earlier today. Didn’t realize how much of my impairment was just fuzziness!