Well we had a bumpy road the last year... some major setbacks in health, but we are overcoming that.
When I tried to stand a half hour later... my leg gave out under me. I thought it must be asleep.. no biggie.. I stayed in bed. By 5 am,... I still had a bit of pain and couldn't sleep so I crawled out to the living room, as my leg was still " asleep" . Hmmmm... .... At 7 am, I decide it was more than asleep, and woke my husband to go to the hospital. I did this by crawling back to the bedroom, and waking him up. Of course, this is the ONLY night HE is getting a good night sleep.
We arrived at the Nanaimo General Hospital by almost 8 am. I have to say that I have never had better treatment in a hospital before and was amazed. By 9 am I had seen the doctor.. a few times... had two IV's in, and was on my way to a CT scan. By this time, i had no feeling in my left leg, and no function in my right. A bit frightful to say the least.
Then by day three I could move my toes.... ever so slightly... but I moved it. Seemed like a major accomplishment. I had one Neurologist come in and say that I may never walk again... he was unsure... I asked for a different neurologist. That was not an option- and obviously he didn't know ME. I have too much to do in life... LIFE IS TOO SHORT!!! And how am I to teach sailing onboard if i can't walk!! How are Darren and I to live out our dream life onboard a boat, if I can't walk? OMG
So , making a long story short... I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.- a swelling of the spinal cord. Why??? Not sure. Dunno. It could be a few discs i have that just barely touch the spinal cord... in their opinion NOW, a year later. but nothing concrete.
All in all, I spent almost a week in the hospital, a few weeks in a wheelchair at home, then moved to elbow crutches for a few months, then walking poles. Now I use a cane only when in big groups of people, cause people don't bump into me, cause I fall over easily. my balance is not 100% but its improving every day.
What I DO know... is that I have a wonderful support team... A wonderful husband who cares and shows his love every day, a sister who drove 1200km to be in the hospital with me, and spend a month with us helping to look after ME.... ME, the one who never needs help from anyone... Ya... ( i think I've changed that tune) , and a network of friends who are like family to us. I have two great boys who have grown to wonderful men. And I have a team of doctors who really do love their professions.
So, a year later, I am back to Instruction on the boat... albeit, I have wobbly moments... I can walk about 2 miles, mind you it takes me half an hour, and I can cycle on my bike about 5 miles... I still have no deep muscle feeling in the left leg at all, and only partially in the right, I'm not 100%, and may never be, but I'm 75% physically improved, and emotionally I'm great. It was a tough road... but with family and friends that are awesome, I couldn't be better.
I know there are other people out there who have been diagnosed with the same thing i have been... and I hope that I can help to inspire them to improve, and never give up.
Now... to the next course.... cause LIFE IS SHORT!