Eight years ago on the last Thursday of March, I visited my primary care doctor and complained that my “hands didn’t feel right.” I was worried that I might be developing lupus like my mother. He ran some blood tests. Results: ANA was negative, RF was 5.3, TSH was 3.2, and SED rate was 31. I was fine, he said. Three years later, I would eventually be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Four years ago on the third Tuesday of March, two of my beautiful cats, Musette and Pippin, were born in the home of one of my piano students. However, I was busy fighting a major MS relapse which was taking away the strength in my legs. I could not rise from a seated position without some serious pushing and pulling. My thighs were simply spectators. My SED rate was 20 and my C-reactive protein was the highest it’s ever been at 13. I was definitely much too aware of my MS at that time.
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