Shocking health diagnosis for DS3
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|Sun, 08-31-2014 - 12:45pm|
What I forgot to mention (though think it more appropriate to write it here) is that on the start of our vacation we received shocking and unhappy news from DS3, Eric. Before we had left on our trip, he came to our house. He had been to the hospital and was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy as he had slurred speech that came on him on Monday or so of that week. However by Friday he was not having any improvement of this despite medication, and so returned to the clinic and the doctor there decided he should return to the hospital for more tests. Which he did. And so learned that it was not Bell's Palsy but Mulitple Sclerosis that caused this speech slurring. We debated on shortening our vacation, but Eric told us that he was being well taken care of in the hospital (as he stayed there where they gave him I.V. of prednisone) and that we should continue our vacation. He had good support from his friends and siblings who came to visit him. We talked with him at least twice a day after that.
Of course we were devastated to hear this news. And we are all trying to come to terms with what this may mean for Eric. I only know of MS from a friend (of my age ) who has had it since she was diagnosed at 21 years of age. And she's fared not too badl for most of her life since then, with only more recently being less mobile with legs that don't function normally - though she can do short walks in her home with the walker, but usually now uses a wheelchair to get around the main floor of their home. (She uses a chair lift to go to their seconf floor and also one to get down to the basement). Eric was given printed information about the disease and brought it over to us when he came to dinner on Thursday after our arrival home. I have yet to read it. Ray read it and he sounded quite shocked at what he read. The news must be dire - outlining all that maybe could go wrong when suffering from MS?
And yet Eric now is coming to terms or trying to be more positive. As he does have to live his life as best he can. He may not have another episode for some time we hope. He wants to continue pursuing a new job he's just got about a month ago as an electrician's apprentice and to eventually go on to becoming an electrician. Eric is 28 going on 29 this November. The hospital tests seem to have determined that back pain he had a few years ago may have been an episode of MS then, but he did not think that was the case and it did go away. So of course he was not tested then.
Also must mention that his speech now is much improved to pretty much normal. So he is relieved of that. He had a few sessions with a speech therapist too which helped.
But I will have to get more informed about the disease (though I tend to not want to have to deal with the reality of it, I must admit...sigh). Who would have thought...not us.