Chris Peebles Story
Hi, I’m Chris Peebles and this is my Transverse
Myelitis story. It started in January of 2004. I woke up weak in my left leg
and was dragging it. I knew something wasn't right. I was 17 and never felt
anything like it in my life. I think back to December 2003 I had the flu really
bad and I didn't seem to get well or over it, I was deathly sick; back to
January 2004. The first time I decided to go to the ER, I was given a drug test
and sent home; needless to say I was really pissed off. I wanted answers and
they thought I wanted pain pills. Then by the next day or 2 days later it was
getting worse. I then went to another ER and told them how I was feeling. At
first they thought I had a stroke. They did an MRI and the result was
Transverse Myelitis. I was admitted to the hospital at 17 years old, only a
week or so before my 18th birthday so I was in the children’s unit.
Well my oxygen level decreased so much that they
told my parents if it got any lower I would have to be admitted to ICU. I
didn't have to go to ICU and I recovered well the first time; and pretty quickly.
I stayed maybe a week in the hospital and I was OK. The second time was October
2004 and it hit me bad. I was paralyzed from chest down. All my muscles were
gone and again had the dreadful catheter. I stayed a month in the hospital at
UAB. They transferred me to Huntsville to do inpatient rehab for a month. I
continued to rehab after that. I have recovered pretty well from TM.
I'd have to say after 10 years of having this
disease and having nearly no bad side effects from TM. This past September I
had started having some real bad anxiety and panic attacks. Legs feel like on
fire and sometimes don't even want to get out of bed. This is a terrible
disease and some are better off than others; I have no regrets and I believe this
has brought me to become more appreciative of life.