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Source: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
My little brother was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) a few years ago. The left side of his body was slowly giving up. He had hearing difficulties in his left ear, he couldn’t hold anything with his left hand and his left leg was completely numb. He has lost vision in his left eye. It was extremely stressful as it took doctors and specialists almost a year to find the correct diagnoses and the appropriate medication. MS is not commonly known by many people, so let’s learn a few things about childhood Multiple Sclerosis:
To understand what happens in MS, it is helpful to understand what happens in the body’s central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The brain controls bodily activities, such as movement and thoughts by sending messages from the brain. The spinal cord is the main pathway for these messages between the body and brain. Myelin is an insulating substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibres of the central nervous system. It helps messages travel quickly and smoothly between the brain and the rest of the body.
In MS, the immune system attacks the myelin surrounding the nerve fibres. The damage to the myelin disrupts messages traveling along the nerve fibers.
The diagnosis of MS is complex because many different symptoms can appear. The symptoms depend on which parts of the central nervous system are affected and the functions of these areas. It is important to note that MS is not contagious, you can’t catch it from someone else and it’s not hereditary, so it isn’t passed directly from parent to child.
There are various ways to confirm a diagnosis of MS, firstly, there needs to be evidence of MS activity in two or more parts of the nervous system. It could be diagnosed through Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Diagnostic Tests, Neurological examination, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potentials and Lumbar puncture (you may want to google and further research these testing methods).
MS is a chronic or long-term condition that constantly needs to be managed. Some common symptoms of MS are: fatigue, cognitive problems, mood changes, balance problems, dizziness, visual problems, numbness and tingling (in the hands and feet), bodily pain, loss of muscle strength, stiffness and spasms, anxiety and depression.
My brother had most of these symptoms before he was put on medication and physical therapy. My family educated themselves about the illness to be able to appropriately support him. We included him in planning his own treatment which made him more keen to be knowledgeable about his medication and therapy. It is also important to be honest to your children about their diagnosis, and explain it to them as thoroughly as possible. For instance, my mother has been very open with my brother from day one about his diagnosis, although he doesn’t fully grasp what’s happening in his body, he understands the importance of taking his injections and going for doctor appointments in order for him to live a normal life like his peers. You’d be glad to know that he now plays soccer, he is going to high school and we are optimistic that he will one day out grow the illness, and if not, he will at least live a long, healthy and happy life.
There are a lot of things that annoy me, I’m sure you have your own list too, so here is my top 5 most annoying list:
1. Saying you’re an entrepreneur doesn’t answer what you do, HOW you are an entrepreneur is answering the question. I just wish people understood this. For example: “hey what do you do for a living?” You would then answer by saying “I own a nail salon, I’m an entrepreneur”.
To be honest, I don’t often ask this question, especially to strangers, because this is also a pestering question.
2. When you plan on making a diced potato salad but you end up over cooking your potatoes, so now you have no choice but to make mashed potatoes. You may plan, but the universe decides!
3. The antagonizing process of waiting to see if a skin product works or not.
Note: I’m currently in this annoying waiting precess to see if these Celltone products work for my skin or they just wasted my money.
4.wearing your most fashionable outfit and no one (read: no one important) got to see you and now you have to sulk all the way home in disappointment.
5. People. Wow, human beings could be described by every synonym of annoying: irritating, tiresome, infuriating, exasperating and maddening. Now go out there and be everything but these above adjectives !