Yesterday evening, I was enjoying a nice relaxing bath when all of a sudden I found myself gasping for breath. I couldn’t get air in. I was terrified. Was I about to die?
When I eventually calmed down and righted my breath, I could work out what happened. I’d choked on my own saliva. Yes. You read that right.
And, it’s not the first time it’s happened. So it got me thinking. Embarrassingly, I regularly wake up with drool all round my mouth (honestly, this is actually more shameful than the time I admitted to shitting myself on multiple occasions). I constantly feel like I’ve got excess saliva in my mouth and my throat often feels like it’s quite closed up. Like someone is gently pressing on my airway. Is it all linked? (SPOILER ALERT – of course it bloody is!)
So I dufilly trotted off to an MS Facebook group. These guys and gals will know if it’s MS or just a completely different slathering problem.
As expected, many come back confirming that, yes, it is just another MS symptom. Honestly. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
I call this a not-so-new-symptom because whilst it’s something that’s lurked for a while, this connection to MS is completely new. And to be honest, if I hadn’t had a near death experience (no I’m not being melodramatic, Mother) then it would never have occurred to me to even ask the question.
Anyway. I don’t really know what to do with this brand new piece of information (the GIF is for you Kat and Iain) other than just acknowledge it as another gift of MS and move on.
Out of genuine curiosity though I have two questions.
1) what in hell can I do about this one?
2) MSers, what do you do when you make a connection to an old symptom. Do you bother telling your nurse? It all feels a bit pointless because I’ve got it but do they need to keep an accurate account of all your symptoms?