Thursday, August 30, 2007

today's word is... protean

according to merriam-webster:
protean • \PROH-tee-un\ • adjective
1 : of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms
*2 : displaying great diversity or variety : versatile

my emotions are feeling rather protean at the moment. even if that is an inappropriate use of the word.
lately, for the past year, my dad has been sick and after much fruitless testing at home, my parents are currently at mayo for more rigorous testing. the latest guess, from my emt brother, is that it's multiple sclerosis. all the symptoms fit, unfortunately.
i don't even know what to think of it if that turns out to be what he has. at this point, i'd just be happy for a diagnosis. i know i was relieved when i was diagnosed in 1999 with my medical condition after nearly 5 months of hiding my symptoms and hoping they'd go away. never really happens with chronic conditions; they only seem to get more bothersome when ignored.
with an incurable disease *cue the scary music here* at the least you can usually get some sort of maintenance drugs or treatment. who knows? it may not be ms and could turn out to be something completely benign and simple. i've definitely got my fingers crossed.

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At 8/30/07, 10:35 PM, Blogger SUEB0B said...

Aw shit. You know my sis had MS. But there are 4 types and she had the worst. Your dad may luck out and get one of the remitting kinds, which are actually more common. There are some really good newsgroups ( who are full of good people who can help more than those useless MS society people.

All my best.


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