It’s almost the end of 2016! Most people are planning their celebrations and coming up with new years’ resolutions around now. Me? Well, along with those things, I’m also rejoicing in a little victory of my own. Remember that post I wrote a little while ago about my FD? The one that was mainly me rambling all about it? Well, this condition of mine comes along with a lovely thing called an autonomic crisis. I think that out of everything, this is the one that “embarrasses” me the most. At any time, my entire nervous system can basically go completely out of whack. Sometimes just having a cold can trigger it, but other times, the reason is a huge mystery. Anxiety? Something physical? Who knows! Also, really gotta add… this whole crisis thing? Not a pretty sight! Because my blood pressure and heart rate go so crazy, a lot of other stuff is affected. My functioning.. out the window. Let’s just say, I wind up sedated in the hospital for days at a time. I shall spare you all the other not-so-pretty details.
Don’t worry, there was actually a point to this ramble of mine.. as of yesterday (or the day before), I have been crisis-free for a whole year! This didn’t use to be a big accomplishment, I’ve been known to go probably over a decade without having a crisis, but this time, it’s pretty huge. In 2014, I think I had about… oh, 7 or 8 of them. Then, 2015… around 4 I think. Those two years were definitely very weird for me. Not to mention, it definitely also sucked for my family and friends. Hospital shifts, dealing with my recovery, the emotional support… could not have been a great time for them either. I think another huge challenge for us all was the not understanding where it all came from. My missing so much work was also not a walk in the park. Anyways, moving away from this whiny part! My specialists in New York did explain that sometimes FD patients can randomly have a “cluster of crises”, so I guess I’m not the only one. Most important part? This past year has been hugely awesome, very lucky to have avoided that whole medical fiasco. Here’s to many, many more years of this!