Monday, July 21, 2008


Not a lot to tell today, but I don't want to get stale about posting here. We went to Silver Dollar City this weekend and my symptoms were what I would expect by the end of a long day of walking. All-in-all not too bad, but the leg definitely gets harder to use over the day.

We had a great time and although my phone got a full-immersion baptism on the Waterboggan ride, it survived the ordeal after much drying and care.

Last week we went over the results of my blood-work with Dr. Brouse. That was certainly an interesting conversation. We talked about a lot of things, but the most interesting to me was his desire for two major changes: 1) no red meat for 6 months (in his words, beef, pork, etc.) but more chicken and fish and 2) 9 hours of sleep a night. Yep, I get to go to bed at 9pm. I've started work on both and so far the red meat thing is difficult, but I'm getting by. The sleep thing though is terrible. I have not yet been to bed that early and I don't know how long it will be before that is a habit.

Friday, July 11, 2008


We got my blood-work in from Dr. Brouse. We've only gone through a few of the 70+ tests that were ran, and I think I'm going to have my primary care Dr. go over them with me just so my head doesn't explode. That said, we know that my blood is really high in Iron, and that needs to be looked at further. There were some other things that need further investigation, but I do not remember what they are right now.

As far as how I 'feel', which I get asked a lot (and thank you for caring enough to ask), it varies from day-to-day. There are harder days and easier ones, but not too much variance between the two. I still work out fairly often and Marsha (the trainer who helps, and has helped, me for the last year or more) still pushes me (one day a week), but can oddly tell when enough is enough. Thanks to all of you who ask.

For those who may think I tire of answering all kinds of questions, I can only say this: MS affects about 1:1000 people in the U.S. To me that is a staggering number for something we know very little about. If my having MS makes it where people want to start talking about this, great. We need people who are concerned about this and who may be willing to throw five bucks to the next MS walk or bike ride so more research can be done. :)