Hi all, don't like to bump my old thread up for chit chatty stuff, but don't like making new threads for said same either.
I signed up for a class this month as mentioned somewhere else on here that required 3 full weekends of 10 hour days of instruction, with the finals being yesterday and today, this is in an area of my trade that I am NOT proficient in, plus being out of the field for so long means there is some major rust around the hinges.
This was a personal test of sorts for me, it's easy to say "the stenting/angioplasty worked for me" when the old cog foggy portion of the brain hasn't been put to some real testing, along with fatigue and all that. Real world as they say.
These tests we had this weekend were a real pressure cooker, only 30% average pass the course, and that's experienced journeymen, not guys off the street. Some of this stuff I haven't put my hands on in a long long time. Needless to say, after a very late night last night (got a second wind and was good to go til 2 a.m. lol) and only 5 hours sleep, was the first person up for the gauntlet this morning at 7 a.m. Plus it was pouring outside, hadn't even finished my coffee yet, and they told me it was my turn first thing. And guess what? He said I had the highest score out of all the people tested so far, surely he meant the guy standing behind me?
Soaking wet, tired, brain dead and needing a glass of wine and a hot tub, we then had to go inside and take a 2 hour written test of 100 questions, part of what the past two weekends of instruction were about. I finished in 45 minutes even after double checking all my answers, and scored 94%.
This was for a very important and much coveted certification in my trade, and looking back, I realize this is something I would never have even signed up for before the procedure. I'm just saying it is awesome to say, "hey brain, hey body, I REALLY need you to just be normal and do stuff I ask you", and it just does it for you. That's cool. It may not be a big deal to other people, but means the world on this end and I am very thankful for the capability of feeling like my old self, before the time when MS crept on the scene.
My thought was if I could handle all this, in adverse conditions, under time constraints and stringent "one mistake you fail" requirements, then going back to work, which I really thought was a thing of the past before last August, is going to be really neat. I haven't had a paycheck since Dec 2007, there's a big job hiring in the next few weeks and I am good to go, better than ever.
It's about the possibilities of the future and long range planning, instead of just trying to survive and hoping a remission is coming sooner than later.
Sooner has arrived and has kinda moved into the place... I'm going to start charging sooner rent...
Thank you Dr. Dake, thank you Stanford. Our Christmas present this year will be 544 days straight of boringly normal that I wouldn't trade for anything.
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap