Nap Time is Work Time (Feb.19)

19 Feb

On Sunday morning I woke up and put my feet on the floor. It was the oddest thing. In my left foot I could feel the carpet. You never care that you can feel the carpet until you can’t and then you can again.

I went to church and told everybody that I could feel the floor in my left foot, and then I came home and took a nap. I nap a lot these days.

By Monday, the sense of feeling had returned to my entire left leg and rear end. Also, on Monday, I closed my eyes in the shower while I shampooed my hair and did not lose my balance in the least. Maybe only MS patients with balance issues will get why that is pretty huge, but I think most people know it is preferable to close your eyes while soaping up your head. After my shower, I took a short 20 minute nap. Then lunch at home, and then another nap.

When Tuesday rolled around, I had started to strongly suspect that all my napping was not symptomatic of a relapse, but rather my body’s need to rest as it repaired. On Tuesday, I washed my duvet cover and sheets, two other loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and made spaghetti for dinner (others cleaned the mess I made in the kitchen.) Also, two naps.

Today is Wednesday. I am still using the cane, but mostly because it feels very good  to have it to lean on when I get tired, which happens quickly. My balance and ability to walk a straight line are almost back to 100 percent. My right foot and torso still feel numb, but substantially better. Spasms in my rib cage are substantially better. Today I worked a relaxed version of my full 5 hour shift at One Day Academy and then substitute taught a one and a half hour English class. Now I am home, updating this little ol’ blog for you all, and then, nap. Leftovers for dinner.

To recap my prognosis and plans for future treatments: my doctors suggested that I would continue to improve from the 3 day steroid IV. So far, they are correct. Further, they suggested that my 3 month MRI (late May) should be free of enhancing lesions and that my remission may well be reset with no need for further treatment. Frankly, that last bit sounds too fantastic to make sense or be true, so I am 100 percent banking on it.

I love you all. Totally mean it.

6 Responses to “Nap Time is Work Time (Feb.19)”

  1. Lora February 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

    I am so amazed by you! Way to go- Rockstar!

  2. Norma Dowd February 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    Love you Amy, you’re so awesome! Keep in keeping on girl❤

  3. Trenah L Herring-Marler February 19, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    God makes miracles. He made you. You’ve miracled before. No sweat! Miracle May MRI, here we come!

  4. Carla Cadorette February 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm #

    Love you to the moon and back, Amy Peterson! Your words are always encouraging and you are frequently on my mind and in my prayers!

  5. Scott Ferguson February 20, 2020 at 9:36 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! You continue to be a WALKING miracle! 🙂

  6. VELMA N GUEST February 20, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    Praying for you. Thank you for the update. Love, Velma

Honest Truth About Me: I'm going to need a lot of cheer leading to see this through. Your comments and encouragement mean the world to me.

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