(ETA: The You Tube videos didn’t embed while I was working on the entry, but they did when I published. Go figure).
This will be my last update before I go to Costa Rica for my treatment! It’s angioplasty, by the way. We are no longer calling it liberation treatment (as much as I love that name) or CCSVI treatment because that just continues to allow the government and the medical community to call it “experimental” and “new”. It’s NOT new, it’s angioplasty of the veins. The same procedure is done every day for cancer patients and kidney dialysis patients and others. It’s only when you have MS that you are denied the treatment. And part of the problem is the new name it has been given for when it comes to MS. But it’s not a new procedure, so we need to stop calling it that.
I’m traveling to Central America and spending $20,000 to get angioplasty, a treatment available to anyone else for any other reason, in their own country. How fucking ridiculous is that?!
So, I moved last weekend. What a chore! My friends and family are amazing. They worked their arses off. We had Jackie, her husband Robin, their two kids, Jason (and he brought two teenagers to do some heavy lifting, Seb and Nick), Sheldon, Damien, Shawna, and later on Kim and Rob joined us at this end for picture hanging, fix-ups, last minute bring overs, etc. My mom supervised the furniture arrangements at this end. Shawna was in charge of the cats, which worked out well. First we locked them in my office at my old place until my bedroom was set up over here. Then they were brought over and locked in my bedroom until all the furniture was moved in. Then the door was opened and Pepper, traumatized, stayed in my closet, while Pita came out and snooped around and hissed at everyone. Business as usual.
I can’t believe they got pretty much everything done! I mean, pictures hung?! And thank God Kim was here for that, as she is an interior designer and has a great eye. My walls have never looked better.
It took Pita a couple days to calm down and get used to this place, but she seems fine now. Pepper hid in my closet for a few days, only making an appearance on my bed at night, then she slowly started hanging out in the main rooms. But only when it’s me, with or without my home care only. She hasn’t come out when other people are around. I feel bad because I’m going away, and she’s going to hide in my closet forever! She’s so sweet, I wish she wasn’t so skittish. I don’t know where that comes from. Pita’s personality I understand. She’s psycho, and it totalhy makes sense. But Pepper? I don’t know.
On moving day Jason was showing me how to film myself on my Macbook (for pre and post procedure videos) and it turned into an impromptu interview:
I can’t get videos to embed on here for some reason so here is the link: Pre-CCSVI “Interview”
I’d love to say I’m much happier here, in new and fresh surroundings. I do love the floors and counters and all that. But I HATE the fact that everything is backwards here. Everything is on the wrong side. Light switches. Doors. I can’t get to my fridge. My exercise table is turned around (it has to be) and it’s harder to get on and use my chi machine. Because the bathroom is bigger and set up differently, there is no counter beside the toilet to push myself up. A pole can’t go in there because it has a drop ceiling and the pole would go right through, so I had to get bars installed around the toilet. This is a pain because… well, I need room to position myself for wiping, and I no longer have that. My bedroom is smaller and it’s harder to get to my bed for some reason. I don’t know, it’s just all very upsetting right now. I’m hoping all this stuff won’t be an issue when I get back. I can’t use a walker and be able to get to my fridge. So… that has to change! I need to be able to get around my kitchen without a walker. Or get a new fridge. I know what I’d rather do!
I made a pre-procedure walking video:
And since I can’t embed, here is the link: Pre-Procedure Walking
Ah, Pepper has joined me for a bit. It’s nice to see her out here.
Then today I recorded myself in what was supposed to be me talking about my current symptoms and how my life works, but I ended up babbling mostly about my chi machine. There was a lot more I wanted to say about my mobility and needs, so maybe I will do another one. I just want my pre-procedure stuff on record. So there is this for now:
Aaaaaand since it won’t embed (all the coding is there, it just doesn’t show up for some reason) here is the link: Pre-Procedure Babbling
That was all written yesterday! Then my mom and Bob came over and we packed. I think I’m pretty much ready to go except for the last minute stuff. My dad picked me up the nicest hot pink suitcase with a matching carry on tote. I love it, and it sticks out! No man will try to steal it and it won’t get lost amongst all the black luggage.
Today I went to the bank to deposit more money and pick up some US cash. And test out my new credit card, I just activated the replacement and had to make sure it worked! I am now set for anything… lots of room on the credit card for the hotel, meals and related expenses charged to our room (like the driver for extra trips outside of what is covered) and cash in the bank for grocery shopping (we have a suite with a kitchen) and emergencies. And tipping. Now I just need to hear from Heather so I stop panicking. What if she died over the weekend?? WTF! She has to be fine and ready to come over Wednesday and leave with me at the ungodly hour of 4:00 am.
And spend the whole freakin’ day traveling and sitting in the Houston airport for 6 hours. Thursday is going to be the longest day of my life!
I have had many pre-Costa Rica visitors. Lisa, Russ and Lisa’s mom Maria even came over on Wednesday and brought supper (and a Costa Rica contribution!) Yummy chick pea curry, with leftovers for the following day.
Heather just called. All is well. I didn’t realize my voice mail is screwed up since I moved and I had no idea there were, like, 10 messages in there.
I fell. Went to the bathroom, and on my way out, I just toppled backwards and fell. No tripping, nothing to blame except my bad balance and the awkward position of the bathroom door. Sigh. So I fell backwards and landed on my ass on the bathroom floor (lucky I am cushioned there) and hit the back of my head. I managed to sit up long enough to grab my cell phone and call my dad. Then I called the rental office and told them what happened and asked if they could send Matthew over, as I knew it would take two. So they arrived around the same time and got me up. Now I’m sitting in my chair with a headache, but I have pee’d twice since then with no more falls so I think I’ll be okay. That was the LAST FALL OF MY LIFE, I promise. Looking forward to bed tonight!
Anyway, what was I saying… oh yeah, visitors. And phone calls. Lots of well wishers! I hope to see my other friend Lisa tomorrow.
My head hurts so I’m gonna go breathe with my eyes closed for awhile. See you on the other side, healthier and happier! YAYAYAYAY!