The First Day of Diagnosis

30DofT …..  maybe you have friends who were doing this countdown, or perhaps you did it yourself –  this was the shorthand code on Facebook for 30 Days of Thanks – a challenge for the month of November to publicly acknowledge one thing a day that the writer was thankful for.  It might sound simple, but sometimes it’s hard to think of that many things, especially with my MS memory problems.

Counting thirty of anything also takes a longer attention span than I have, so I skipped 30DofT and have moved on to the 12DofC , otherwise known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. You know that irritating song that goes on and on with the gifts from my true love? The financial wizards calculated it would take over $114,000 to give all the 2013 12DofC gifts, which is 6.9% more than last year; there wasn’t a greater cost increase because the cheapskate continues paying only minimum wage to the eight maids-a-milking.

Here’s my abbreviated 12 days of MS gifts, and although I haven’t added the entire costs there is no doubt it is well over the cost of the traditional gifts. An MS neurologist is pretty pricey these days and those ten drugs add up to over $50,000 each time they are gifted in my version.

 THE FIRST DAY OF DIAGNOSIS
(To be sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas)

On the first day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the second day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the third day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the fourth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the fifth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the sixth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the seventh day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the eighth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Eight bumps and bruises
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the ninth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Nine PT sessions
Eight injection site reactions
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the tenth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Ten disease modifying drugs
Nine PT sessions
Eight injection site reactions
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol..
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the eleventh day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Eleven patient support phone calls
Ten disease modifying drugs
Nine PT sessions
Eight injection site reactions
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol..
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.
 
On the twelfth day of diagnosis my MS gave to me –
Twelve never ending months of MS
Eleven Patient support phone calls
Ten disease modifying drugs
Nine PT sessions
Eight injection site reactions
Seven nights of sleeplessness
Six major drug companies
Five days of solumedrol.
Four limbs a trembling
Three plus EDSS score
Two MS nurses and
One neurologist who’s young and smart.

Wishing you well,
Laura

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