Chẳng còn giấc mơ nào để giữa đôi chân em Chẳng còn tiếng nói nào để trách cứ em… 03/13/2001
This piece about NL in extremely cold water kinda brought back a conversation I had with my mother-in-law a while back. She told me about a girlfriend she had when she was a teenager (50+ years ago). That girl went swimming in a pond one day (water not particularly that cold), but stayed in her wet swimsuit all day long. Well, that girl ended up in a wheelchair not long afterwards. I’m sure in those days they did not know it was MS (my mother-in-law still doesn’t know if it was), but it was understood what had caused her girlfriend’s disability. I never found out what happened to her eventually, but this article makes me think about that. … I’m being an unlicensed M.D. here, but I still think you shouldn’t be in a position of being so “unreasonably” cold… I am in Honduras still so getting on the internet is rather tough. Thanks for reading my comment, for what it’s worth! Uyen
Ban yeumai, you’re saying Ngoc Lan got sick because she stayed cold for a long time? It’s possible a “cold” virus invaded her body, and her body responded by sending all the antibodies to kill the virus, but they killed the good cells too… Very terrible, this MS!
Sau đây là câu trả lòi mà bạn yeumai dã viet:
…Since you asked more details about MS, I checked with the only expert I know: my husband is an M.D. and, well, he says that no one really knows what causes MS although they know what it can do (what it can do varies from one person to the next, NL just got the worst type, the type where each attack leads a person to a progressively worse state than before, rather than as in some cases where the body has time to heal itself before the next attack). One thing is certain: MS rarely happens in countries with hot climate. Many researchers link the development of MS to some viruses, in the sense that the antibodies produced by the body to fight off these (whatever type of) viruses are present in much larger number than in a normal person (the risk of developing MS increases with increasing levels of antibodies).
These antibodies then go to war with the viruses, and at the same time they turn around and attack the myelin (the fatty tissues that protect the brain and the spinal cord.) Copied from the MS website: “When myelin or the nerve fiber is destroyed or damaged, the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain is disrupted.” Since the optic nerve is right next to the brain (or is it inside the brain cavity?) and is protected by the myelin also, this myelin being destroyed by these antibodies will cause blindness. And the damages suffered by the central nervous system lead to a worsening physically and cognitively.
There’s not been a definitive link to viruses, and if there were there’s not any virus that can be singled out. Dr. Tu-Uyen (me) however, will tell you that: if you are excessively cold for a long period of time, for sure you are more vulnerable to getting sick, say with a cold virus, then if your body gets so enthusiastic in its response to this invader, something will go wrong. MS is an auto-immune disease. Growing up in the Northeast, I remember being told, as a kid, “you’re all wet, go take a hot shower, change your clothes, or you’ll catch your death!” Being impressionable, I somehow always associated being cold with something dreadful. I oculd be wrong, but I think that NL, bless her heart, abused her health, at least from the article posted here…
I am writing this in a hurry, not sure if this makes any sense to you. It’s very interesting reading though. ..
This is more than you want to know, I’m sure. I’m just fascinated by what I learned. Although my “expert” doesn’t agree with my theory 100%, I, Tu-Uyen McGowan, stand by my belief, herein stated!!!
Trong, I hope you skipped over stuff if I provided way too much information. Live and learn, next time you know not to ask me about diseases…
Seriously, it pains me to think Ngoc Lan’s disease might have been prevented… So sad!
Wow! Thank you chi Uyen. I also read that a person with MS tires very easily, and he/she should avoid getting tired, because being tired triggers an attack. Yet it seems that Ngoc Lan’s schedule was really hectic, even in 1995, 1996, etc.. when she already reduced her workload…
Thanks Chi Uyen for the info. I remember from an interivew. A director said ngoc lan wouldn’t quit until the shot was perfect. She stood in the slow with a thin dress for hours until the shoot was right. Poor thing!
Chi Ngoc Lan da hien het than minh cho nghe thuat. That la kinh phuc.
Toi co nguoi ban moi 40 tuoi, binh Lou Gehrig’s disease,cung la benh degenerative nhu vay, cang ngay cang te hon, bay gio chong hai gay de di, toi thuong cho ban toi di bac si dum khi khong ai cho, toi nghiep lam. Tuy hai benh khong giong nhau (LG cung la mot loai sclerosis) nhung toi hieu kha nhieu ve cac laoi benh lien he den central nervous system va xuong song. Cac ban a, benh hoan khong the ngo truoc duoc, co nguoi cung abuse cai than the ho nhung ho khong bi benh, co nguoi thi khac, nhung co Uyen noi dung, nen can than la hon, con ngoai ra, Troi keu thi phai da thoi!
comment Rat cam on nhung loi nhan xet vo tu cua ban Minh. Mot nguoi yeu doi nhu Ngoc Lan khong co ly do gi de “abused her health” den chet nhu vay. Cau ket luan rang benh cua Ngoc Lan co the tranh duoc neu co dung phung phi suc khoe cua minh mot cach qua dang lam toi vua tuc gian vua dau long.
commentaire : Cherche désespérément à rentrer en contact avec le Dr.Tu Uyen, ancien collègue de travail et ami de mon père (le Dr.Lê Du). Merci de m’aider : ceci est très urgent, car je me trouverai dans une semaine à Montréal et désire me mettre en rapport avec le Dr.Tu Uyen. AD