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Syringomyelia, Welcome to HELLo

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Although Syringomyelia may seem like hell at times and for some nearly all the time, but it also seems to be an interesting way to meet people and say HELLo. 

I find the majority of my comfort with my family, the beach and resting but I also enjoy writing these stories, perspectives and a few good laughs.  This often results in my wife and I meeting new folks.  We love saying HELLo to everyone and hopefully cheer up their day and raise awareness.

We obviously can’t take the pain away from anyone, but a little lighthearted / funny, inspirational, and personal experiences may just be that quick physical or emotional pain vacation that someone needs.

Both Christy and I were brought up to love everyone and this is how we are bringing up our Michael and Christy - SyrinGoWhat.comdaughter as well.  As a matter of fact my wife recently saw an older person and said, “Kaylea and I love old people.”  However, me being older than Christy, I had the opportunity to point out the foot that she just had stuck in her mouth as I did my best to keep a straight face while laughing VERY hard on the inside. 

We are like any other couple with ups and downs, difference of opinions, etc.  Yet, we always agree that a simple HELLo can make a person’s day.  We also agree that tickling a person when they have gas can turn into some interesting aromatic entertainment unless your spooning.  No this is NOT just an Arkansas thing.  🙂

Syringomyelia SUCKS and we ALL can agree on that but the worst thing any of us can do is alienate ourselves or descend into a darkness of ‘no one understands’.  There are plenty of people that ‘understand’ and I’ve listed lots of support groups for SM / CM warriors along with those that love and care for them on this page – http://syringowhat.com/is-there-support-for-syringomyelia-Chiari

I would give this advise, one that sometimes I mess up, be open about what you are going through.  Also, be receptive to how it makes those around you feel.  You might find out that you both are affected by this disease, just in different ways.  Understanding this is EXTREMELY important!

Syringomyelia, Group Hug - SyrinGoWhat.comAnyhow, don’t be a stranger, share your stories, fellowship with others (with or with out your disease), never be afraid to laugh a little and just say HELLo.

If you see a post from us on Facebook or anywhere else for that matter, please feel free to say HELLo and we will do the same. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV So then, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love, Pancakes… — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com), fellow Syringomyelian

Syringomyelia and the Cycle of Strife

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Syringomyelia seems to be a never ending cycle of strife.  What do I mean by that?  Well, what I mean is there seems to be a never ending bitter argument between how I think my body should feel or what it can do and what Syringomyelia thinks.  If I could kick my Syringomyelia’s butt, I would, but I think that might hurt a little since we share the same butt.  🙂

There also seems to be a never ending argument between those of us with Syringomyelia, doctors and other people that don’t understand it.  Actually I really don’t understand it either but I know how it makes me feel. 

Syringomyelia, Wheel Of SymptomsI wake up and it feels like I am in some crazy game show where my body spins a ‘wheel of symptoms’ each morning.  Monday, strange sensations in the legs.  Tuesday, right leg is better than the left.  Wednesday, spasms started and there isn’t an off or undo button.  Thursday seem to be a really good day until I freak’n sneezed and there went the feeling in my toes.  Friday… who cares, it’s FRIDAY!  So this circle of strife just keeps on spinning but I WILL NOT LET SYRINGOMYELIA BEAT ME! 

There are sometimes that I think I can’t win and then God fills my heart full of love or my wife and daughter love on me and POOF, I’m back in the ring to fight the next round.  Each day I’m here, I look for the positives.  Every time there is a new or different symptom, I always try to thank God for all of the many blessings He provides.  Each day I am on this Earth, I win.  Each day I wake, I see my wife and daughter.  Each day I make it through, is another day I’m closer to God’s promise. 

I'm the BOSS over SyringomeliaI will never see eye to eye with this Syringomyelia, especially when it thinks it’s the boss.  I am in control, I just let it think it is.  Syringomyelia and I have something in common though.  In my household, I am the boss but only when my wife lets me.  I wear the pants in the family, mainly because my wife doesn’t like wearing pants.  Ha!

All joking aside, know that you are in control of your own outlook on life.  Syringomyelia will try to persuade you to a more negative aspect but just tell it to kiss your butt.  You got this!!!  I got this!!!  We got this!!!  Say it loud… say it proud… SYRINGOMYELIA!!!  YOU WILL NOT BEAT ME!!!

To all of you, I pray that you have increased or continued strength, better health and blessings every day.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love, Pancakes… — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com), fellow Syringomyelian

Syringomyelia – He Said, She Said

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With Syringomyelia, there are two sides to every story.  The side of the person suffering from the disease and the person suffering that feels like they are unable to help.

When I met the love of my life, I thought I had Syringomyelia under control.  This seems to not be the case and it has become harder for my wife and I to accept.

The purpose of this story or blog is help those in the same situation to know that they are not the only one(s) in this boat without a paddle.

Syringomyelia - He Said, She SaidWhen I met my wife, it seemed that all of the issues related to Syringomyelia faded to the back of my mind.  Love is an incredible pain-killer.

Where we are now in dealing with this disease is not a place neither of us want to be in.  She has a perspective that is quite different from my own.  Even though that may be the case, I would NEVER say, “You don’t have Syringomyelia, so you don’t understand.”  We both suffer from this disease in our own way but together.  It’s truly a ‘He Said, She Said’ or ‘He feels, She Feels’ scenario.

It’s a lot like this for us:

  • He said: I hate hurting
  • She said: I hate that you hurt
  • He said: I wish the pain would go away
  • She said: I wish I could take the pain away
  • He said: I don’t want to talk about the pain and weakness
  • She said: Please talk to me about what is bothering you
  • He said: I don’t seem to be ticklish 
  • She said: Oh crap!  I am!
  • He said: I’m hurting
  • She said: It hurts me that you are hurting
  • He said: I can handle this
  • She said: I will be there for you
  • He said: I wish I didn’t feel helpless in fighting this
  • She said: I wish I didn’t feel helpless in helping you
  • He said: I want to be alone
  • She said: You can be alone but with me 🙂
  • He said: You should be with someone who is healthy
  • She said: Your love is the healthy that I need 🙂
  • He said: I’m tired of being tired
  • She said: Just rest, I’ve got this
  • He said: I don’t want to take anymore pills
  • She said: I wish you didn’t need to, but it helps and I’ll get them for you
  • He said: I’m tired of doctors
  • She said: I know that you are, but we need to get as much help as we can
  • He said: I love you
  • She said: I love you more

Syringomyelia - He Said, She SaidMy wife’s support is my life support and is better than any doctor, prescription, exercise or treatment that I could ever receive.  Neither of us understand Syringomyelia but we always try to understand each other.  She suffers with me and that hurts my heart.  It is just as hard for me to understand what she is going through as it is for her to understand what I’m going through.  The key for us is to listen to each other and TALK about it.  

For a person to simply discount the other’s pain because it’s not the same, is creating their own prison of pain.  I never want to be that kind of person.  As a person suffering from this disease, I hate it!  As my wife, she hates it just as much if not more.  

If you suffer from Syringomyelia or any disease for that matter, don’t think someone else doesn’t understand just because they don’t suffer from it too.  They are your cell mate.  Why let it be solitary confinement?  Why would you push people away and then say you are ‘alone’?  Open your heart, open your mind and for God’s sake open your mouth.  If they love you or care for you, then talk to them, love them and know that they are on your side.  

My wife isn’t a caregiver, she is my wife!

Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love, Pancakes and Mermaids… — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com), fellow Syringomyelian

Syringomyelia, Surviving the Tunnel

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So what the heck does Syringomyelia have to do with a tunnel?  Most with this disease or any related disease, you probably already made the connection that I am talking about the dreaded MRI machine.  It’s definately not the tunnel of love but can be the tunnel to life, as in saving it.

I personally do not like anything about this piece of very necessary equipment.  I honestly believe that I would be in a much worse situation if we didn’t have this technology but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. 

The anxiety leading up to it and not being able to move my body throughout the process is unsettling to me.  In order to deal with the anxiety, I have my own methods to cope.  Being a comedian, yep it’s mostly entertaining myself.  Sure a valium helps a little. 😀

So here is a list of things I do (some being just plain silly and / or nerdy):

  • Before going back, I give my wife a smooch like I was going into war.  However, before I was married, I would give a random stranger a hug and tell them “I’m going in and I’ll see you when it’s over”.  Side note: I’m glad no one had a taser but the older folks didn’t seem to mind.  Ha!
  • Star Trek Torpedo TubeI picture myself as Spock from Star Trek and being inserted into a photon topedo tube on the USS Enterprise in preparation to be launched onto a newly forming planet.
  • Once I’m in, if not listening to music, I start rapping silly lyrics to the rhythm of the machine.
  • Living in a Card Board BoxIf I am able to listen to music, I always request The Point 94.1 classic rock station and do a sing along.  However, I’m glad the machine drowns out my horrible singing.  By the way, the song ‘Living in a box’ is quite funny while you are in a MRI machine.
  • There are times, while my eyes are closed, I play that old video game ‘Pong’ in my head… back and forth to the rhythm of the machine.  It’s a heck of a eye work out.
  • Sometimes I stick my tongue out as far as I can to see if I can touch the top of the MRI machine while hoping that I don’t.
  • I start telling myself stupid corny jokes and even make some up.  I tend to crack myself up doing this and have to avoid laughing to hard because it would throw off such an ‘advanced’ piece of scientific equipment.  (Q: What does MRI and CAT scan equipment have in common?  A: It’s frowned upon if you pet either.)  badump pssss
  • Sometimes I just have to work very hard at not passing gas because I’m not sure how close we are to being done or if the MRI tech would hear it, thus cracking myself up again.
  • I even start thinking about the funny words for body parts and then say them three times real fast… again trying not to laugh to hard.
  • I have many other things I do to pass the time and stay calm, but it can be difficult to stay still with a body that spasm’s and hurts but somehow I get though it and will again.

Vampire Scary ChickEveryone has their own way to get through stuff and these were some of mine.  I always try to keep in mind that the MRI is simply a tunnel and once through, I will have a better idea what is on the other side.  I just hope it’s not a half naked hitchhiker with wings and fangs from a scary movie.  THAT WOULD NOT BE COOL! 

My opinion is that not everything is fun but you can make it funny.  Laughter is the best medicine even if it hurts to do it.

Oh yeah, on a side note, have you noticed that these machines sound more like a cat?  Meowwww meowwww meowwww meowwww… meow meow meow meow… just a thought.  Ha! 

Mizz Kitty Cat Scan - My in home 'cat scan'.

Mizz Kitty Cat Scan – My in home ‘cat scan’.

John 8:12 KJV Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love and Pancakes… — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com), fellow Syringomyelian 

Syringomyelia, through the eyes and from the heart of my wife and caregiver

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(A blog post from my wife and caregiver, Christy Davis) Syringomyelia is a horrible and debilitating disease. I had no idea just how bad this disease is until recently.

Michael, has harbored this since before we met. He mentioned it here and there since we met in November 2011, but never in much detail. He was so active and constantly on the go. I just thought he was okay and if not he would tell me. During our dating period we were ALWAYS on the go; from runaway beach trips, road trips to state parks, comedy club and other adventures. On May 25, 2013 we left early for Pensacola Beach, I thought it was just one of our spontaneous beach runaway adventures. Michael proposed to me on the beach, that night, as the moon was rising behind him. I had no idea! Luckiest girl in the world! We had a lovely wedding and a wonderful time on our honeymoon. It was around that time when I started noticing something wasn’t right. 

Syringomyelia from the eyes and heart of my wife and caregiverI feel extremely guilty that I didn’t ask more questions and learn more about it in the beginning. To speak the truth, it scares the hell out of me. I have picked up information from his website, other stories on listed forums and other websites. For about the last seven months I have watched Michael become more and more less active. During the week and weekend it’s a constant battle with pain and extreme tiredness. Kaylea and I do not like leaving him at home when we go out. Syringomyelia can kiss it. In the future, if Michael can’t go we won’t go.

I will do everything I can to help him and be there for him. From back rubs deep into the night Syringomyelia from the eyes and heart of my wife and caregiver(every night), doing my best to keep him on track with medicine, making sure he has healthy meals cooked with turmeric, ginger, etc. and doing my best to keep the house in order. I will not be like any normal caregiver, because I’m far from normal by all means. I prefer the word wife because I said “I do” to all vows including “in sickness and in health.” I will not be going anywhere. My roll does not change and I will always be here for him.

It relieves some anxiety knowing that we have an upcoming appointment for new MRI’s and will soon have an appointment with a neurosurgeon. I will be there for all of this, too. I will make sure he gets the best care before, during and after all procedures.

Psalm 18:2 NIV The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love and Pancakes… oh yeah and wishes of many ocean waves — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com)

Why ask Why? Syringomyelia Shouldn’t be a mystery!

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I found that when working with doctors that I made several mistakes by assuming that the doctors knew everything.  No human can.  Part of their training is instilling confidence in their patients.  Some doctors translated this into ‘never act like you don’t know something’. 

This situation can be a big risk or no true path to dealing with the root cause of symptoms.  I’ve learned to ask the doctor questions when they suggest a treatment, a prescription or nothing at all.  The doctor should be able to answer any of your questions if they are providing an action plan.  My suggestion is to ask questions, mainly ‘Why?’. 

When you interview your doctor, you may just help him or her discover that they may need to learn a little more about Syringomyelia.  I have another post on my website called ‘Syringomyelia Caregiver Quick-Tip Pocket Guide‘ that contains a document from wstfcure.org.  This is a great packet to hand your doctor.

Here are some of the questions I try to ask:

  • Why would this affect that and how?
  • Why are we doing another MRI?
  • Why are you prescribing this medication and how will it help?
  • Why or how will increasing the dosage of my medication help?
  • Why am I being referred to a different or another doctor?
  • Why do I not feel like I am stabilizing or getting better?
  • Why would you think that my disease isn’t the cause of my pain?
  • Why can’t we try something different than what just treats symptoms?
  • Why would you ‘think’ you know and is it wise to base my treatment on that?
  • Why would you prescribe physical therapy as a cure if some of those activities could make it worse?
  • Why do you think stretching fixes my issues?
  • Why wouldn’t you want to know more about Syringomyelia?  Here is a packet.

Some times I just want to start asking random questions just to see how they respond:

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Why did I have to wait so long?
  • Why is this room so dang cold?
  • Why would a person feel that another person’s time isn’t as important as their own?

There are plenty of more questions that I ask.  However, many times I seem to not be given enough time to ask them or feel rushed and I forget.  I need to remember that I am paying for a service and I should be satisfied by that service.  I need to MAKE the doctor think and learn before just throwing suggestions and treatments at me.  I AM IN CONTROL!!!  I need to always write down every question I want answered and my doctor will need to answer each one.  This is my life, my appointment and my money.  So now I ask you this… Why not ask why or what or how or when? 

Remember this my friends, you are in control.  You got this!

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Please feel free to send me your thoughts or more resource links using my contact page.   Peace, Love and Pancakes — Michael Doc Davis (SyrinGoWhat.com)

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