Can't Stop, Won't Stop

I have some news to share with you all. For the last week I’ve been in a hospital near where the Biscayne-Everglades Trail junctions with the Tamiami Trail.

For what it’s worth, I’m hiking again. I can’t let this stuff get me down. I’m only a day or two hike away from the official start of the Florida National Scenic Trail portion of my hike. I’m told I’ll be about knee deep in water for about 26 of the first 30 miles. Ruh roh. Haha.

Briefly: I had pins and needles pain in my legs and fell over when it started. Doctors show I had a couple herniated discs, but they weren’t bad and have seemed to correct themselves. The leg pain is gone, but they insisted on a lumbar puncture and the headache pain is really what kept me in bed so long. Today they did a blood patch procedure to bring the spinal pressure back to normal. I’m feeling great now.

There is some other news to share. When they did the MRIs and CT scans and every other test… they didn’t find nor see lesions nor any of the other markers for MS. I’m not entirely sure what to do with this news. They suggest that when I am done with the hike that I start getting a team of neurologists to dig deeper into this mystery. I don’t even know what to think about all of this. That said, they are going to be in touch with my neurologists back home about the test results. I’m just as confused as you are.

I hate this stuff and almost didn’t share it because I know there will be calls for me to leave the trail, to stop hiking. But I can’t. Really. I cannot stop now. I have to do this trek. I’ll take it easy and will keep you all better informed from here on out.

Anyway, I’m in good spirits and looking forward to getting the trail mail I know is waiting for me a little ways up the trail!

As always, if you’d like to contribute to my trek, your most generous contribution can be made here: 4200 Miles: A Pilgrimage. You have my deepest and sincere thanks.

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