08 December 2008

The year in review

This is how much shooting up becomes a normal part of your life: I started shooting up a year ago last week and didn't even remember. It's been 156 injections, 13 boxes of syringes, and if I didn't have insurance, around $29,000 just for the shots, five months of knocking myself out to make sure I slept through the aches, chills, and pounding headaches, two months of steroids, 5 days of an IV bag, 3 hours in the MRI machine.

Where am I know? Probably worse off than before. Add a new sensation of the tips of my fingers getting all tingly. What fun. Everyone should join in it. Everything I read and the word on the street is that it's an individuals disease: nobody is the same. One of the underlying symptoms that everyone seems to have though is bouts of tiredness. I can say I've never had it. Sure, I've needed naps from to little sleep, but never from exercise or just living life.

Is all this the MS or is it the myelitis.

I let somebody shoot me up this weekend. She's studying to be a nurse, so a little practical experience wouldn't hurt. It was leg day so no matter what she did it wouldn't hurt to bad. She was a little enthusiastic with the insertion. Since there's very little fatty tissue on my legs, she got it a little more in the muscle than I usually do. No big deal. Just felt like I got punched. I would recommend that we all let somebody inject us. I don't have a problem injecting myself, but when someone else does it, it doesn't quite hurt as bad. With drug trials for pill form, injections will be a thing of the past. Not for a few years though: FDA approval and then the insurance company covering it.

Always a happy thought. Our well being is contingent on whether or not somebody else will sign off on it.

1 comment:

Chekoala said...

Oh Steve
What a a frightening and dangerous thing to do - to count up your injections :)

If you are a numbers man that needs to add things up: how many poetry recitation chances are you getting while hanging out in mri machines, office cubes and as distraction from pills and thrills and other Happy Mondaying?

My memory being a bit teflon coated these daze, I myself have become a bit of a fan of the haiku - particularly choice for those steroid and tingly fingers dazes - it often hits the spot:

All day in grey rain
hollyhocks follow the sun’s
invisible road
BASHO