The title was suggested by a conversation between two of our most battle-hardened warriors, and I couldn't resist it. This has been one of the most eventful years of my life - busy, too. Beginning in January with surgery and moving through kidding season, then a very, very good show season, this last taking a temporary break after the best Nationals in years, then linear classification of our goats, now a break for the really bad August heat (this is AFTER the really bad July heat), then a resumption of show season next month, which wil begin my fifth year of MS treatment.
The fact that I am "doing flagyl" and writing a blog says volumes, because usually I am too blurred to do any logical thinking. This is my 52nd pulse and has been mostly physical, in that it has impeded my gait and my speed, though not to the degree of the past; in other words, not the standard two years set-back I have claimed of late. Ergo - I am still getting better. The first couple of days "knocked my socks off", for two reasons, I think. First, I took a loading dose the first day of 1500 mg, which I have done the last three times; second, it has been at least two months since my last pulse. There has been hardly a minute - my time keeping up with the site has been limited to pil-taking time am and pm.
I am so sorry for the grief of Red and Mack, and yet I am cheering for those of us who are grimly staying up to the demands of this protocol. And I welcome the new members who are beginning an adventure that will very likely change their lives for the better, when nothing else could, or even save it.
So....things have settled a little here for a while and I hope to be back encouraging, chiding, and even flagylating long term.
<>A very interesting thing occurred at my latest refraction (eye-test). My ophthalmologist, who has watched over my iritis for eighteen years, done two lens replacements for steroid-induced cataracts, and repeatedly said I would probably need to stay on the pressure reducer Timoptic for the rest of my life said: stop using it. My pressure has stayed in the low normal for a couple of years - normal is in the teens and mine was once forty-seven in that eye - and now, after two months without glaucoma prevention, is still normal. Another small triumph for our scorekeepers. I still have fifteen prisms in my glasses but I can live with that. There are at least two of us whose double-vision has gone away - maybe I will be lucky that way some day. Meanwhile, I won't be sitting around waiting.
<>By the way, Michele, I have seen for months in my mind two things I want to thank you for: a long time ago, I saw but have never found again, a question about ice cream. The answer being that yes, goat milk ice cream is wonderful. We don't add cream and we eat it almost every day. Second, thank you for rescuing my blog from the "new site" and putting it in Jim's Temporary Site Changes, which I found yesterday. I appreciate it and all the wonderful work you have and everyone else has done to improve our unique site.<>