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Old 11-11-2003, 07:57 AM #5 (permalink)
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Hi, my name is Mike and I'm from Toronto. My 72 year grandmother was rushed to the hospital last December not breathing. Today, she is in a continual pallative care center, where she lives with ALS, as many of you are living with or through as well. Before the incident came to that ambulance called night, my grandmother lost considerable weight, was droopy, and constantly coughing. No doctors could pick up her symptoms, where it wasn't until the Dr. Cashman of Sunnybrook diagnosed my grandmother with ALS two months into her stay, which was at St MIkes Hospital at the time. It was very hard on me the first months due to SARS, and not being able to see her for 1 MONTH AND A HALF, as I was accustomed to visiting her nearly every day after school. The center now is a great place, and very hospitable, but as it is with ALS, you can not be treated for it. ALS has taken hold right now of her externalities like fingers and toes, but has hit her lungs the hardest. Her mind is still sharp however, and writes notes to us if we are unable to understand her due to the trach pipe and the such. This message is only a condensed explanation of experiencing a loved one affected with ALS, but feels good to express some of feelings since ALS is such a misunderstood disease. I intend to become part of the society in the near future, for I now realize what many people go through. It is a disease that is more common than we think, but the most difficult to see in its pre-formative stages. Take care everyone, and I will keep all those who are experiencing ALS in some way in my prayers.
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