DNA Detectives2 min read

I went to see my neurologist last week.

He’s a new doc focused on my genetic condition (my old neurologist retired).

Neurologists don’t really do anything special for me. They just monitor my health and write prescriptions for medical equipment.

But it never used to be that way.

When I was a child, they used to perform all kinds of tests on me…

Strength scales (I’d have to squeeze and pull these devices with each hand, so they could find out how much muscle tone I was losing.)

Imagine playing the pull-my-finger game. But not as much fun.

Swallow x-rays (I’d have to eat terrible food combinations, so they could see if my esophagus was struggling to pass food to my stomach.)

Imagine eating cottage cheese mixed with peanut butter and spread on a cracker. Ewww.

Muscle biopsies (I’d have to undergo multiple surgeries and end up with long scars on my thighs, so they could look at my muscles’ fibers and cells.)

Imagine the Hot Fuzz detectives trying to solve my genetic condition mystery.

But after 10 years of revolving diagnoses and uncertainty, my parents told the neurologists to stop — that I wasn’t a guinea pig. (Regardless of what my buckteeth might suggest.)

So for the last 25 years, my neurologists have only taken samples of my blood for DNA testing.

Until last week. When my new neurologist removed my Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis, stated he suspects I have Centronuclear Myopathy, and asked if he could swab my mouth for a new DNA sample.

I said yes.

I could tell from the sparkle in his eyes that I’m his new pet project. But this doesn’t bother me. Because now, I know how to use it to my advantage. (Insert Dr. Evil laugh here.)

Know what you can use to your advantage?

The word “imagine.” Like I did above.

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