I last completed a maintenance pulse in November 2009.
I had my annual visit with the neurologist at the medical school in Houston in January 2010. EDSS now "about a 2" versus the "about 2.5" it was in January 2009. As he considered my progression (or lack thereof), he asked whether I was taking antibiotics. I told him none since November 2009 which left him scratching his head since he can't account for my "atypical progression". (For the record, I previously discussed antibiotics with him and he dismissed it since he is of the belief that M.S. is caused by a virus).
I recently diagnosed and repaired an intermittent short circuit in my father's Jeep that was causing his battery to run down. While this sounds trivial, a year ago even the thought of trying to tackle such a job would have had my head swimming in a soup of cognitive fog. Today, I am back to thinking like an engineer (my first degree is in Agricultural Engineering).
But the improvement has not come without cost. As the fog has decreased (it's not totally gone), the jocular, even giddy demeanor my wife and family came to enjoy (and which turned my off-beat blog posts into candidates for the Bulwer-Lytton contest) has also dissipated. With the dissipation of the personality changes brought on by the M.S., I have turned back into the impassive person my wife once considered divorcing. Whether my marriage will survive my getting better remains to be seen. In this respect, I have to say that I liked myself better when I was "intoxicated" with CPn lipopolysaccharides.
Bottom line is that while I can't bring myself to say (as did someone else) that "I used to have M.S.", I feel confident in saying, "I have M.S. but its in remission."