Living With Wolfram Syndrome – Lauren Gibilisco

Wolfram syndrome patient, Lauren GibiliscoAs I mentioned previously, I had a test done for my oxygen levels over night. I am happy to say they are normal.

I was dreading the thought of having to use a cpap during the night. I did do as the doctor instructed and started taking Vitamin B. Although I still do sleep a lot at night, I am only taking one nap a day instead of 3. That is a big improvement and I think it means I am also sleeping better at night.

When I first went to go to the hospital to get the oxygen machine, the nurse was showing me how it worked. It didn’t take long and I told her I had a rare disease, Wolfram syndrome, that only one person in 500,000 develop. Then she said enthusiastically “oh, can I shake your hand? I have never met a rare person.” I told her she would probably never meet another one like me in which my mother replied “thank God.”

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Most of my family was able to come down to our house. It’s hard to get everyone together. My cousin had just returned from his second tour of Afghanistan. We all were very thankful to have him with us.

It was hard to hear though. Too many people in one room. Too much noise for someone with hearing aids. I really couldn’t hear the conversations so I just sat there just enjoying their presence. I also had real trouble tasting what I was eating. Sometimes I really did not know what I was chewing. I can’t see it and have trouble tasting it or smelling it so I rely on my memory of what that food tasted like. That is one thing I really missed. Getting up in the morning on Thanksgiving Day and smelling the turkey.

But as I said, the most important thing was being very thankful and having most of my family with me that day. My grandparents are getting old so I treasure every minute with him. I really enjoyed spending time with my cousins and aunts and of course, with my family. My sister brought along her puppy Emmy and I was very thankful for that. I really, really enjoy playing with her.

I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for.