July 3, 2019

After experiencing symptoms for over a week I was finally put on a corticosteroid treatment yesterday; a 1000mg dosage each day, for three days. The decision to choose a steroid treatment came so abruptly. The clinic called the day before to ask if I could come in for a 9am appointment. I went through the standard neurological examination and the option was presented to me. I was not fully prepared to make the decision on the spot but it felt like the only solution–besides waiting for the symptoms to go away. Anyways, my narrow veins didn’t help and after a wrong poke (see huge ball of gauze) and 30 minutes of wiggling the tube, the steroids finally flowed through. Nearing the end, I felt the most uncomfortable ache in my left arm. I felt drained despite doing very little. After the intravenous treatment, I went straight to work. I was fatigued all day, I felt strange and dazed.

After work, I met up with a friend for dinner. I probably shouldn’t have pushed myself but I wanted to try. By mid-dinner both my feet were experiencing such painful tingling that I couldn’t focus on anything else. We cut dinner short and we called a ride home. I was in near tears because it was so excruciatingly painful. By the end of the evening, I had to use a cane and my mum’s chairlift to carry me upstairs. It was terrifying to go through such an experience . As I laid in bed last night, my feet felt like they were on fire. I took a Zoplicone to help me slip into a deep slumber…only to be awoken by a severe headache at 1am. I took all my strength to get more water and take a Tylenol. Luckily, the headache subsided eventually and I was able fall back asleep.

I decided to finally give myself a break and stayed at home today. I think it was a good decision as my left hand is very tingly and my feet are still tingly (though not as severe). Energy seems better despite the lack of sleep…but perhaps that’s the steroids kicking in. Either way, I hope things will keep looking up.

On another note, I was using a cane to walk around the neighbourhood. I purchased a couple items from Shoppers Drug Mart and I received a senior’s discount…LOL.

I still have my travel pictures to go through…hopefully I will post them soon.


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