After I returned home from the Mayo Clinic BeST Clinic, things didn’t proceed as hoped in managing the newest diagnosis, Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).
I headed off on a much-loved video project for one of our Fireside Production clients. Usually on these trips, I dig in and spend every moment working so that when I head home, I can focus on my family. This time was different because I was staying in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
I treated myself to dinner out – even though it meant walking up many stairs to get into the restaurant and then, headed to the hot springs by myself for a good soak. It wasn’t easy but it felt like a major victory. A tiny piece of the ol’ Naomi – adventurous and fun – was back! I remember FaceTiming Tom and the girls to share in my bliss.
The next day, our video shoot was more physical than I expected – but was just type of video storytelling that fills my cup! We were headed to our second location – hours away – for another shoot day, when I started quite suddenly to feel sick. Very, very sick.
We rushed to the emergency room in Gunnison. I had severe abdominal pain. I was throwing up and my muscles were spasming violently. I would remain in that ER (not even admitted into the actual hospital) for five nightmarish days – with a stomach virus that for most, would require a day – if any intervention at all.
Five days in the emergency room. Five more recovering at home. Those were some dark days as we realized my health was continuing to deteriorate. I was so vulnerable to illness.