Friday, June 14, 2013
On Thursday, after the storm had passed and the blue skies appeared, it was time for me to have my last pre-test appointment. This final test was an EMG/NCV. This consists of a series of electrical currents being sent through your body to stimulate the nerves in order to measure how fast and effective the nerves are conducting. My wife and daughters were in the room and watched as electrical currents were being sent through my arms and legs. My daughters were especially surprised at the involuntary movements of my limbs as they were being shocked. Many times I looked over and Torin, my youngest daughter, was covering her eyes. After the test was over, Torin's only real concern seemed to be that my underwear was showing during all of this testing. Isn't it funny the things that kids find important.
During my initial evaluation in January, I had this test performed. Now the current testing was being done in order to compare this to the January results. The bad news is that the current tests showed that my nerves are not responding as fast as they did in January and there were some new findings that showed new areas of nerve blocks. Dr. Allen was surprised that I had only noticed mild effects from the further nerve demyelination. The good news is that starting on Monday, June 17, 2013 I will begin the process of preparing my body to harvest my stem cells. It has been no secret that over the past year my health has steadily declined. I know I am where I am supposed to be.