We've all heard the phrase - "hindsight is 20/20" - but what does that really mean? Are events in the past truly crystal clear when we examine them from afar?
I've been thinking about the history of my personal multiple sclerosis journey. A neurologist officially upgraded me to Definite MS in October 2005. So is that where my journey began a mere 31 months ago?
I went completely blind in my right eye for two months in March-April 2000 due to Optic Neuritis, but with "no evidence of any demyelinating disease" according to the MRI report. Was that the beginning of the road?
Or maybe during the early years of my doctoral studies when I was having such headaches and vision issues. At that time, I made a number of visits to the Optometry School on campus and underwent several tests. But no visual fields or evoked potentials. I ended up with a new pair of reading glasses to use in connection with my contacts and a simple device to "exercise" the focusing ability of my eyes.
But these devices did not really help to resolve the headaches or occasional vision problems. So came my first encounter with an MRI machine, with the goal of eliminating a possible brain tumor. No brain tumor and no answers. That was over 15 years ago.
So far the picture is still blurry. Perhaps with more examination.
To be continued....
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