Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Sky's the Limit on Fighting MS

Hello Friends,

This is a pretty incredible endeavor.  A small plane will travel all over the globe, flying MS-ers who need treatment to MS hospitals and flying MS specialists to financially-strapped MS hospitals.  Wow.  Click this link to find out more about this amazing journey:  The Sky's Not the Limit.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Upcoming Webinar: Excercise and MS

This webinar series is great.  I've attended two already, sneaking away from the office early to attend the 5PM sessions in my local coffee shop, and have really gotten a lot out of them.  I found them to be perfect for newly diagnosed MS-ers.  The last one, "Practical Spirituality" with Lisa Redfearn was a great reminder for me to love, laugh, let go and live.  This is important.  

It looks like the next one is about MS and exercise and is scheduled for September 14, 2010.  Be sure to sign up today!  And, encourage your supporter partners to attend too.  

Click here to sign up for the FREE webinar:  Can Do MS Webinar Series.  You'll find archived webinars here as well.  


Friday, August 13, 2010

What are these pins for?

My neuro doc was a little late for our appointment last month and there was little to do in the exam room while we waited.  Read some magazines?  Nah, that’s such a cliché and I was not in the mood to read about the ridiculous lives of our movie stars.  I did what I would normally do:  I took a visual scan of the room. 

First I noticed on the bureau shelf lots of great literature about MS, courtesy of the National MS Society.  I grabbed a bunch of brochures, to share with friends and family.  Someone surely, besides me, wants to read about how stress impacts MS.  “These will be great to hand out during dinner parties”, I thought.  Everything else in the room was boring:  normal exam table, typical doc’s cabinet (what do they store in there anyway?) and a stool with wheels.  Yet, aside from these typical exam room accoutrements, I noticed a picture of the brain sitting on a medical tray table and directly in front it was a little cup filled with safety pins.  Curious.  “What are these pins for?” I asked. My partner and I explored further, picked up the cup of pins and examined its entirety.  We wondered for a few minutes.  We did not have a clue what these were for. This was random, this cup of pins.  Then it hit me.  It’s the only possible reason.  I thought to myself “this room must be shared with a baby doctor and these are used to pin diapers.  What is this 1971?”     

Finally, the exam room door opened and my neuro doc’s assistant arrived.  I welcomed the interruption to my stream of consciousness because I really could not figure out why a neurologist would share an exam room with a gynecologist!  And, besides, this was my chance to find out what these pins were doing there.  I asked, “What are these pins for?  What does the doc use these for?”  My neuro doc’s assistant replied “oh, those are used by the Other Doctor and she uses them on her patients to find out how numb they are”.  WHAT???  She pokes her patients with safety pins???  That’s awful.  I envisioned patients sitting on the exam table while they have pins poked into their bodies and wondered just how far this Other Doctor goes.   Are the pins inserted into a patient until one yells out, “Yes!  I can feel that!”  I got stressed out thinking about this and hoped that this was not a new technique that my neuro doc will begin using.  Or perhaps this is something he’s always done and just forgot to include me.  My neuro doc’s assistant sensed my panic and assured me this is not something I need to worry about.  My neuro doc does not use these pins to determine his patient’s numbness she told me.  Thank goodness.   Now I can look forward to my neuro doc striking that metal instrument along on the bottoms’ of my feet.  YOWZA!!!!!  


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