Thursday, July 28, 2011

Was that the sound of the camel's back breaking?

So every time I think I hit another nadir, another massive low, I get slammed down again. OK, me and the fam.

So yeah, MS. Yeah, it's kinda acting up. Legs are weakish, but I'm managing, right? Finished teaching 6 classes in an 8 week summer session, still have some grading to do, but hey, got thru it, right?

Yeah. Husband needs to go to court for not one, but TWO things now. Now Chase, a credit card he had, sold his debt to a corp that sent lawyers after him and named ME too, though I'm not on the account. He's basically unemployed, has severe hearing loss we're dealing with, and we live in the number one county for unemployment in the nation (we're number 1!). He's got 2 teaching certificates, but no one really looking to hire a middle aged guy with bad ears and consequent rough speech.

So I've been carrying the fam for a long, long time now, and I keep thinking we've hit the bottom, but I guess we haven't To put most of our financial affairs in order, one or both of us would have to liquidate any retirement or savings, and we don't have a lot. To get at mine, I'd have to quit my job-- goodbye medical insurance for both of us!

I guess the best that can be said for this most recent straw on my back is that the miracle meds I have been given for my MS are still holding up pretty well, even in the heat. I am quite tired of it all-- as I type this, I'm waiting for the IRS to answer and tell me where in the hell the big check we sent them for taxes went-- why are they still bothering us?

ARG! Sheesh. Well, anyway, we shall see what can be done. Teaching abroad looks real good right now, since there's money out there somewhere--like in the UAE. Maybe, I dunno but I have applied! Fingers and toes crossed on that!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Here in crAZy, the so-called "monsoons" are arriving, and so it's not 118 anymore, but 105 with ridiculous humidity. My legs are tweaking a bit, as the heat affects my MS pretty badly. Hopefully, being I'm in the b-cell monitoring phase of the clinical trial, I will make it thru the end of summer without a collapse. That's right, not a relapse, but a COLlapse.

My last appt was very good though-- dropped from a 2 to a 0 on the EDSS. I love how that makes my neuro both happy and proud-- of me, him, and the drug. I have to say, so far it's been rocking. I'm looking forward to feeling decent, even if I'm still fatigued.

Hope all are doing well and had a good fourth (Americans). Now back to your regularly scheduled program of gimptasticness!