Friday, December 25, 2009

Deity-of-choice bless us, every one!

The peaceful sleep of the innocent insane kitty at Christmas
Well, here it is, the American holiday of choice, for the most part, and it's bittersweet. I miss my baby boy cat, who would have spent his 12th Xmas with me. It hurts.

On the other hand, I have my seven furkids, my SO, and the survival of almost an entire year with an MS diagnosis. So yeah, bittersweet. I try to remember the spots of brightness, not the spots on my brain. I am encouraged by medical developments and happy with my own health in terms of MS (but the days off are taking a toll on my diet!:p).

We had a nice Xmas, with lots of cheer and happiness and some really cool gifts and mad kittens racing about, well, madly and running into things. We have stockings and lights and a Charlie Brown Xmas tree... and well... it's not bad at all.

May all have love, happiness, kindness, and peace and joy this season and always!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Down to the wire!

Well, finished teaching for the year, and am happy. We're in our finals week and overall it's been much less stressful than last year! Of course, around this time last year I was in the middle of a full-blown relapse from hell and coming up on surgery to fuse vertebrae in my cervical spine-- man, I can remember that! Actually, today someone mentioned I looked really good, ready to "lift weights" and all that. I guess so-- but it means I must have looked like hell on toast last December. I finished my grades in the hospital. Joy!

So this December is looking better overall, and I have to say i think the ocrelizumab is doing good stuff for me. I don't think I'm ready to go out and try the CCSVI stuff, esp since I can't figure where I personally would get excess iron from to begin with as a 16-year vegetarian. Hmph.

Here's hoping all goes well for finals!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Counting down the days

Here in desert Southwest, we're winding down school semesters and stretching ourselves for a snowbird-infested nap of sorts. Practically speaking, this is a good time to unwind, even if not the best place for me. Ah well.

The old MS dance has been pretty quiet lately, though I still wish I lived closer to my doc since this first year of MS has been a little unsettling. OK, a LOT unsettling. On Jan 13th of next year, I'll have been officially dx'ed with MS for a year. I keep telling myself I should have taken better notes, so I could appreciate the year more, but frankly-- I think it would be a bit of a downer. So I'm going to look back on it in January, have a wee cake, and really see what it feels like to have made it one year.

Tgiving was fine, tho I don't eat turkey. Good wine makes all things well-- I can't remember, tho, if I should be drinking wine in this clinical trial! I'll be glad when all the holiday stuff is kind of done-- a lot of feelings of ambiguity and "feh"ness around here. The zoloft has helped take the edge off life, but still-- I think I need a vacation more than anything, and I don't know when that will happen!

Here's to the last week of classes!