Trifecta Challenge ……. The Sometimes Subtle Disease

Prompt:   

The one-word weekly challenge we ask for a 33-333 word response to the third definition of a given word. This week’s word is, color (noun) using the third definition. This is my submission and is in fact truth and not fiction.

3: complexion tint:

He was remembering when  she hadn’t been feeling well.  There was just not the energy to do anything that she either wanted or needed to do.  So far the tests that the doctor had taken all came back negative and there was the question of how to proceed, but because of her history of depression it was determined to simply increase the dosage of her antidepressants once again. There was such a feeling of discouragement as she felt so strongly that there was a physical reason, and that it was not her imagination but she knew that her physician believed her to be a hypochondriac.

He recalled how she felt after being told there was nothing wrong with her except for the depression. She looked so unwell and her face so tired and drawn. He longed to see color back in her cheeks, and so wished that there was something he could  do.

Then came the breakthrough! It began so unexpectedly with a severe headache that would not subside and increased in severity, causing a hurried trip to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.

A specialist was assigned to examine her, and asked about her  current state of health. After she told him about the extreme fatigue, the heat prostration and then him noticing how she was walking and her eyelid drooping he knew that she needed further investigation to confirm what he believed was her issue.

                       MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

He told her that she needed to see a neurologist for further investigation but because of his examination and his knowledge, he diagnosed her illness as Multiple Sclerosis. While it took some time to take this information in, and not certainly glad to have such a disease, never-the-less there was relief that it was not her imagination. While the future was unknown, she felt vindicated somehow.

The days to come would have to be faced, but at least she knew what it was she was fighting.

38 thoughts on “Trifecta Challenge ……. The Sometimes Subtle Disease

  1. I appreciate the way you write so honestly about the MS and depression. You are right about the relief that comes with knowing exactly what is wrong with you (and knowing that you were never a hypochondriac). After the diagnosis, it seemed easier to deal with each issue as it arose.

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      • On and off.. Aside from a bout of facial paralysis, I’ve never had any visible symptoms, which I think works against us as far as others understanding what’s happening. Currently I’m numb from the shoulders down and have heaviness and fatigue. I find the meds make you even more tired. But I have stubbornness going for me.

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        • It must be difficult right now for you dealing with the death of your father-in-law and this upcoming week..with the fatigue factor especially. It is hard when others can’t see what you feel….Diane

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  2. I’m sorry it is your story. Some things come on so gradual it looks like something else. I know two other people who had chronic problems and later MS was diagnosed. Take care.

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    • Thank you… I’m actually living a fairly ‘normal’ life with some problems with walking any distance,,,but I can walk…my legs feel like cement though… and some other issues and cognitive abilities but for the most part I am thankful ….Diane

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  3. Really tough knowing that something is wrong but not being properly diagnosed.One does feel vindicated if one’s hunch turns out to be correct though learning one has MS is not something to rejoice-quite the contrary!Life sometimes puts us in such crazy situations that one finds it tough to find deliverance-this way or that!Am glad you fought it & emerged a winner Diane-you are an inspiration to many fighting such battles!Great piece of writing:-)

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  4. You are so right about people needing to be their own advocate. I’ve read similar stories to yours – misdiagnosed and undiagnosed, thinking it’s all in their heads. It’s a great thing to share your story so people don’t give up.

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  5. Even though the diagnosis isn’t good, I’m glad too that it wasn’t her imagination. Too many people don’t get help because of others’ indifference to what might be a serious problem.

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    • It is so true…Even though I didn’t do this in the first person it was me …over 20 years ago.. and I almost did give up …If it wasn’t for the visit to ER…who knows? People these days have to be their own advocate..and not give up….thanks for the comment..Diane

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  6. My best friend has MS and was diagnosed in her early twenties after unexplained issues were finally diagnosed. She does pretty well except when it’s too hot or too cold. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    • Hi..I wasn’t diagnosed till I was 47 but apparently had it for up to ten years before…I do okay too ..some difficulties… Glad your friend is not bad like it can be …..Thanks for reading…Diane

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  7. That was so cool; the whole idea behind it was real. I think we can all relate to things that has happened to us more than an outsider could. I learn from you every day.

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