Health Update – Daughter – Multiple Sclerosis

Health Update – Daughter – Multiple Sclerosis

Herb December 14, 2020

Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22228 – 770:

Here’s the haps:

I’m not sure where I left off but Mrs. Herb is pretty much out of the proverbial woods for the time being. The last thing left is the information to be gleaned from the Holter Monitor but we aren’t expecting any trips back to the E.R. in the near future. Daughter, on the other hand, whose problems I mentioned back on 12/4/2020, and who had been in and out of the E.R. for unbearable pain all over, falling, numbness, tingling and burning in her extremities, and evilly-vicious bad headaches, was subjected to several MRIs (she’s claustrophobic and I don’t mean afraid of Santa), eye exams, and lastly, a Lumbar Puncture commonly called a Spinal Tap but not the Eighties Rockumentary kind but the kind where they stick a needle in your back and look at your spinal fluid and she has, after way, way too long, been diagnosed with MS. This last episode is a very severe exacerbation called a “flare-up.” She has been in the hospital for several days (finally) receiving treatment and will have to be moved to a rehab center. We are hoping and praying that she will be home for Christmas.

The disease causes the immune system to destroy the myelin sheath around the nerves. Your nerves carry electricity the way a copper wire does and the myelin sheath is like the rubber insulation around the wire. Short circuits in nerves mean pain and/or malfunction. Now the myelin can sort of grow back but it’s like when you find that bad spot in the extension cord that’s causing the circuit breaker to pop all the time and you use some black electrician’s tape to fix it. The tape is black tape. The electrician can be any color. The point is that it isn’t as good but it will work and quit shorting out for a while. I’ve fixed things that way and many times they worked for a very long time. If you have ever worked with older wiring you know it becomes brittle with age and sometimes the myelin sheath grows back in a similar way. Read the Seventies sci-fi book “Mutant 59 – The Plastic Eaters” and you have the idea.

I found this two-minute video on a site called The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The video is a good, simple intro and the site appears to have a lot of info on it if you want to learn more about it.

35 thoughts on “Health Update – Daughter – Multiple Sclerosis

  1. My son takes care of a MS afflicted person a day or two during the week, a fellow about 50. Another friend has adopted my 4 year old granddaughter and has 3 kids of her own and is a single parent with MS. I am aware of the struggle, suffering and demoralizing depression. Your family members will be included in my prayers.

  2. Wow! I am definitely praying for you and family members healing in the name of Jesus. Please remember to take care of yourself in the midst of the current situation and remain safe.

  3. That’s terrible. MS is so difficult to cope with. I hope she gets well soon and the treatment progresses steadily allowing her to recover faster. Take care! 🥺

  4. Sometimes the diagnosis is not the one you want, but it is the one you need before you can move in any direction, right?
    Hoping you and your family find strength and many solutions as you embark on the next part of your MS journey.

      1. Exactly. When we thought our daughter had the flu, or maybe mono and it turned out to be leukemia… similar symptoms, real big difference in terms of how it was fought.

  5. Prayers to your family and I understand this is terrible news but I have a very good friend who has MS and she is very well controlled. She does receive a shot every week but other than that she lives a very normal life. Prayers to you and God Bless

    Keep Laughing People will wonder

  6. Oh now, that’s horrible! I’m glad your wife is fine and I hope that your daughter will be able to cope with MS diagnosis as well as possible.

  7. oh so sorry to hear this. Sending love and light your way. I have many friends and clients that have worked with holistic approaches and shifts in their diet that are in remission and symptoms are lessoning for others. Exercise and diet are so important. Look at some of the sound frequency machines as well. Turbosonic is one that is awesome. Hang in there. ❤️

    1. Thank you so much! Everyone has been so caring and encouraging. It’s all very overwhelming at the moment, of course.

  8. I understand the difficulties and heartbreak of MS. A close friend of mine suffers with it. All we can do is to keep strong and supportive.

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