Over the past month my health care journey has taken a detour that I did not see coming. Somewhere along the way I contracted a virus of some sort that completely floored me. My body totally shut down as a result of a 103 degree temperature, I was unable to walk and the rest of my body felt like one big cramp, I couldn’t think, I was hot, I was cold. After endless tests and a few days in the hospital I was released with the instructions to “drink a lot of water and hopefully it will pass soon.” After taking gallons of blood, urine, and spinal fluid that was it?
As a result of the unknown virus and my leaky spinal cord I was put on bed rest by my doctors until my spinal headaches went away, which ended up being a little over two weeks. As someone that has had a job since I was 13 years old I thought lying in bed doing nothing for a few weeks would be a lot more fun than it was! Lying around for a few weeks actually took a serious toll on my body as I was unable to walk around, stretch out, or exercise. So I am back to very slowly walking with a cane and going to PT a few times a week to get back to my “normal”.
Some good things have come from all of the down time; I have had a lot of time to think about my mind and body. First of all I was able to attend a great MS focused yoga class (www.yogaspiritwellness.com). While attending class I met many wonderful people that are on similar journeys as all of us. It was nice to share stories and MS information as well as having my spirits lifted by the care free group in the class. Also I have decided to start eating following the Paleo diet (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxIowaCity-Dr-Terry-Wahls-Min), with all of the research pointing to high sodium diets having a negative impact on MS I figure it is time to start eating healthier.
So let’s talk, have any of you ever experienced a virus that has put you in the hospital or made you change your life in any way? Do any of you attend yoga classes? Finally, how have you adapted your diet to MS?
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