Thursday, March 19, 2009

I've talked a lot about work and some of the people there. There are 3 lawyers (one recently left and another is starting next month - making 4). There are 3 Assistants, or support staff. I am Assistant to the 'main' lawyer; Katherine works Mon - Thurs. The other is Ari. We've had our differences, as anyone who reads this blog knows that.
Ari has missed a lot of work in the past while. She was diagnosed with Menier's (an inner ear thing). To make a very long story short, she has now been diagnosed with MS. She was having problems and they kept getting worse. She was in the hospital for over a week and we have no idea if or when she's coming back to work While her condition is improving, she will never be the same. She is partially paralized and it's not known if or when it will get better.
Regardless of my personal feelings about her work, she doesn't deserve this.
I went to visit her last weekend in the hospital. I didn't stay long, but it was a good visit. It's so important when going through serious things to have the support of other people.

I think it's important to show support where ever I can. AA is pretty much a support group and by following some instructions and using the support I have learned, I am staying sober. Ari needs to know that she is not alone, people care, and she needs the support of people around her.
I did a bit of research and the support for MS is huge, which is great.
I am so grateful that we live in a world where there are so many support groups, they are a vital and necessary part of any recovery process.


tweetey30 said...

My cousin has MS. She was given 15 years to live. This was when her youngest now is eight.So if this holds true she only has about 7 years left in her if that. The last time I heard she cant do any of her own house work or anything. Its a horrible disease.

That girl said...

MS is horrible! But so are all these other debilitating diseases. What I think is awful is how quick one's life can change in the blink of an eye.

One day you're fine, the next day you're critically ill.

Just scary.

I think it's so amazing that you're there for her at this time, no matter about your own feelings towards her. I sure could use your presence in my life right now :-)

By the way, I keep meaning to ask you, are you still coming in the summer? If so, when? We're taking a week off in the summer to take a road trip to West Edmonton Mall.... but otherwise, we're home.

Eileen said...

M - Welcome back, you've been missing for a while now.
Not sure about the summer, but I will let you know as soon as I know. I expect that if and when we are there you will invite the kids and I to your place for dinner. I need to actually meet JP in person.
How's that for an invitation...'you WILL invite us'.
Write me a personal email, tell me what is going on in your life.
Miss you, D, and B...