I just got back from the specialist in Denver. He told me that he believes I suffered from two concussions. A cerebral concussion and a cervical contusion. I have looked on line and can only find information on cervical spinal cord contusion. So, I guess that explains why I am still having problems with numbness, pain, weakness, and fine motor skills in my arms and hands and my neck hurts.
I got the flu last month - influenza B. I lost strength and could not get myself to the bathroom - this created problems, as I'm sure you can imagine. So I made the brilliant decision to not drink so much water (sound thinking on my part). So, of course I got weaker. My husband took me to the hospital er, where we thought I would spend one night getting fluids. Turned out they thought better than I did and keep me over two weeks. I must admit when I was feeling sick I did not mind being there - it was nice just sleeping 24hours a day and having fluids pumped in and drained out :). Then I started feeling better and wanted out of there! They thought it would be a great time to see what I can do for myself and how I get around. The physical therapist came by three times a day. I had to keep reminding myself what my mother taught me - "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." I was very quite the first couple of days they came in. Then I forgot what she told me and started telling them what I was going to do :). No, I did what they asked-as long as they did what I asked. Like allowing me to use a walker to go the 4 feet to the toilet by myself instead of two techs coming in and pulling me up and moving me around by a belt. Overall, it was ok. I needed the physical therapy.
Now on to the positives - it is beautiful outside and school is over in 1 week! Yeh! I love summer. We are planning a trip in June to go to Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Quebec. I'm looking forward to being with family and friends. In Iowa I will have my last appointment with Dr Wahls. I still see the benefits of eating right for MS. I do think it is building on a "broken" foundation though and real results will come from rebuilding that foundation along with the diet. Now I have to find a way to repair the "foundation". Some people have had chemotherapy that has wiped out their immune system so they started over.... I do not have a way to get rid of the "foundation" but I will!
I have heard there is a doctor in NY that is studying how to turn stem cells into neuro cells instead of just younger stem cells. This would be great because it is a targeted approach as opposed to a general "go anywhere in the body" cell. I hope she is fast!