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for when we feel sorry for ourselves

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:28 pm

well i met up for wings and beer with a long lost high school buddy recently. he was telling me how he'd figured out over the years that the seizures he had suffered were due to lack of sleep, and ever since he realized that, he'd been fine without meds, although he'd given up driving.

so, we stayed up til midnight discussing all the events of the last 15 years, then settled up with the server. he headed home for a few hours' sleep, woke up to get ready for work, and some time later emailed me to say he'd had a really great time catching up the previous night, except now he was recovering from the morning's seizure during which he fractured his jaw and required stitches, and will be months recovering. oh, and might have killed one of his molars due to the way his jaw cracked.

poor guy, how nasty is that??? i think we'll meet for lunch next time :S
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Postby carolew » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:26 am

I have a story too. I dated this man for 3 nights then he tells me he is not ready for a serious relationship., ok, ... Next thing I hear, his mother calls me up: he's in the hospital. He had a heart attack and a sroke the same night and was in intensive care asking for me .... this was because he has a condition called thrombocytosis (means too many platelet and it makes your blood thicker). He had smoked a cigarette after shoveling snow....
So, I prefer to have ms than to be in intensive care!
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:22 pm

crikey! that's a nasty one! i agree, much rather have my brand of ms (so far!) than some of these other nasties.
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Postby robbie » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:22 am

I would rather be in a car wreck spend 6 months inc ICU , loose a leg or both , spend 6 months in rehab, get a prosthetic leg or legs, learn how to walk again, do everything I had to to get better, play golf again and get on with my life. This ms shit is not something that is life long and for the most part lets you live long to enjoy all its splendors. If I have to be sick why couldn’t I get a real disease where you either get better or it kills you, now that at least would be dying with dignity not this slow stripping of all your functions? Of all the things to get for f#@k sake.
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Postby cheerleader » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:31 pm

hey Robbie-
We've been talking alot about this in our home this past year. My 40 year old brother had a massive stroke last September. He was out riding his motorcycle, lost control of the bike and died when he hit the ground. He left behind a wife, three kids and my whole family, parents included. It was totally unexpected, and a horrible shock. brother went fast, on his beloved bike and died before he knew what hit him. Those of us left behind will miss him forever...we're pretty pissed off.

On the other hand...having a horrible, debilitating disease like MS means dealing with pain and all sorts of "small deaths" everyday. You have a right to be pissed. My husband's only beginning his journey, and he's still glad to be breathing.

My heart goes up and out to you, Robbie. I can't begin to understand your pain...but I want you to know that I've appreciated your candor. No one else knows how you face each day, so I won't try to cheer you, but I'll say I'm glad you hang out here.
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