OK so roughly 10 years ago, when I was about 34 years old, I suddenly developed diplopia (double vision) whilst driving to work. I instantly make an appointment to see my Opticians who referred me to my GP who then referred me to Ophthalmology who confirmed my diplopia status and prismed me up. This bout lasted 6/7 months but it did clear up. MS Testing was advised but I shrugged this off as I believed this was “due to my lazy eye and patch which I had to wear as a kid” and genuinely never gave it a second thought. All was good in the world again.
Fast forward 10 years to early 2017 and I wake up with diplopia again. I repeat the same actions as above. This time it lasted 7/8 months but it did clear up eventually THEN I got attacked with a cacophony of symptoms which hit me approx 2 months later.
16 Dec 17. First there was intense, violent and uncontrollable projectile vomiting lasting for 3 days solid. On day 3, I managed to eat something and actually keep it down however I became aware the right hand side of my face and skull felt completely “frozen”. Please understand, my face doesn’t look or act any differently, it just feels frozen. Then the diplopia along with blurred vision had returned, add in complete loss of balance and that summed up my last few months. Oh and I had occasional incontinence too. I saw an emergency GP as this was over the Christmas period who confirmed it wasn’t a stroke I’d had and gave me steroids which should “sort me out” within 7 days. They never. I then made an appointment with my own GP where an “Urgent Referral” was made to Neurology on 15th Jan.
Last week I started losing control/strength in my right arm and right leg which caused me to fall…hard! 10 falls later with LOTS of cuts and bruises and I’ve finally convinced myself I have MS but my “Urgent Referral” with Neurology still hasn’t materialised (and yes, I did phone to confirm my appointment was in hand and I should hear sometime in April re an appointment).
Now obviously I am new to this and whilst I await my Neurology appointment/confirmation I’m concerned as to what my next move should be. Job-wise, I’m screwed. I’ve been with the same employer for 10 years but I’m a data analyst and even typing this is taking me waaay too long so I can’t see me being of much use to my employer who luckily do 6 months full pay / 6 months half pay…and the 6 months half pay is just around the corner. Obviously that is of great concern.
THEN there is my ex-partner who was recently been diagnosed with Epilepsy and is now on all sorts of medications. Luckily he receives financial aid (possibly ESA & PIP?) but as I have temporarily moved back in with him to assist him with his seizures, I’m concerned my employment status may affect his own income even though I don’t contribute to his finances - we just use each other to convince ourselves we’re not ready for that final disappointment
On top of this, I have a 4 year lease car (approx £200 a month). Im just past year 18 months of the contract.
Life insurance…too late?
Any advise would be appreciated to help this stress-head deal with my mounting issues.
Oh and by the way, I’m Gavin and I hope I haven’t rambled too much??