Friday, May 23, 2008

Illness Sweeps in...

Kathie Shoop

I want to start by saying how much I enjoyed CJ's post--that she ended up getting a lot of the information she needed purely by accident. That is wonderful when things turn out that way.

I don't have much of a post today. Being a person who has Multiple Sclerosis, I deal with feeling crappy nearly every day. I'm used to it, my standards for feeling great are so low that what was an average day for me ten years ago would be fantastic these days. So, two nights ago, when I woke with what has turned into a diabolical stomach flu, I was stunned at how sick a person could get.

The "can't get up and move part," I'm used to. I've simply learned to A. lay down for a while when I feel like that from either my injections or the disease itself and B. muddle through it because I'm not going to die afterall.

But, yesterday, added to that kind of lethargy was the most painful stomach ache I've ever had. For twenty-four hours, my stomach felt as though a laser was burning through it. I couldn't walk more than a few steps and laying there didn't do much either. I took several baths--the bouyancy somehow helps with stomach aches--but nothing helped. And, I was reminded yet again, just how bad things can get for people and that overall, I'm doing well on a daily basis.

Now that the stomach ache is gone and only the dizziness remains, I feel like I could run a I just have to figure out how to keep my children from getting it.

How about you guys? Have you had any relatively short (it lasted--the horrible parts--for 24 hours) but awful, make you think you actually might die flu-like illnesses?


Annette said...

Oh, goodness, yes. I also tend to muddle through when I feel crappy, but sometimes the body just slaps you silly and says "REST!" Even without MS. Sheesh, you amaze me, girl.

But what I remember more than my own flu bugs are my hubby's. Tough guy that he is, when he's sick, he's a miserable, snarly old bear. I'd rather be the victim than the zookeeper any day.

Feel better, Kathie.

Joyce said...

Annette, I am so with you on that! I'd much rather be sick myself.

Hang in there, Kathie.

Judy Schneider said...

Hope you feel better, Kathie. Spring flus are nasty.

Wilfred Bereswill said...

Last year I somehow got strep throat and an ear infection while on a business trip in Southern China. Even with my meager Chinese language skills and a good translator, I could not get the meaning of antibiotic across. I wound up with all kinds of Chinese herbal medicines that I was scared stiff to take.

Finally, I managed to get about 10 Clarithomyocin pills which I only took out of desperation. They kind of got me through the remaining 7 days, but the 22 hour flight home was miserable.

Hope you feel better soon, Kathie.

Cathy said...

Sorry about your flu and adventures in MS. I recently had a stomach virus, no pain, but I just couldn't eat for five days. That's the only way I can lose weight. It's very frustrating to feel so yucky all the time, especially in a society where we're expected to produce all the time.

Have you read any of the Louise Hay books? They're encouraging.