I'm not actually this thin. Or pink. But my hair is exactly like this.
I've pretty much stayed on the conventional medicine path for my ailments, whether it be bronchitis (Z-Pac to the rescue!) or multiple sclerosis (interferons). I mean, remember my early research into MS treatments? Much has been made this past week about Steve Jobs' decision to forgo surgery and use alternative therapies to treat his pancreatic… Continue reading Magical thinking
I've taken my health into my own hands. Which is to say my shot regimen has changed a bit. Instead of stomach, leg, leg, arm, arm, cheek, cheek, I've decided to go stomach, stomach, stomach, cheek, cheek, cheek, cheek. Head, shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes. If only there were a catchy song for… Continue reading Double B
Switching MS treatments has been more of an adjustment than I thought. I figured a shot was a shot was a shot, right? Wrong. In a layman's way, I get how Betaseron and Copaxone are different — the former is an interferon that works by reducing the ability of inflammatory cells of the immune system… Continue reading Hit me with your best shot: Comparing Betaseron and Copaxone
Copaxone, one of the disease- modifying MS drugs I will soon find myself taking. Also, a Class B drug, which is safe(r) during pregnancy. It almost stood for chemotherapy, which is still on the table if I don't improve and we decide to stop TTC for a few months. It doesn't stand for conception, at… Continue reading C is for …
I am intensely curious about the origins of quite random things — from Post-Its and sushi to wooden shoes and certain psychotropic drugs. Really, who was the first person to think that smoking a plant was a good idea? The thought never would have occurred to me. Cannabis sativa. Known colloquially as marijuana. Also goes by pot,… Continue reading Reefer badness
I knew it was bound to happen. Nearly six months into treatment, I am experiencing serious shot fatigue. We've not exactly been vigilant in following the when of the injection here lately. It's supposed to be every other night, but I think we've gone about three days without doing one this past week. The where… Continue reading The shot heard ’round the house
I'm not a doctor. I don't play one on TV, either. So to say I'm flummoxed by multiple sclerosis, in a clinical sense, is an understatement. Which makes me like most laymen, but also those like above-average doctors, who have been searching for a cause/treatment/cure to MS for at least 150 years and have yet… Continue reading CCSVI’m confused