Submitted by JaneK on Sun, 2017-11-19 08:38

How daft can I be?  On Friday I finished what, I think, was, actually, pulse 5, but I'm not sure and need to check my diary, when I'm not cuddling my injured dog, whose happiness  is more important than counting!  But, with the need to test for myself, against advice, on my birthday, I had a couple, only a couple, of drinks, while pulsing Metro. For anyone else who needs to find out for themself, drink at home, ill effects weren't immediate, but fairly quick. I didn't throw up, but I could have done! I felt nauseous and exhausted for a couple of days. I'm realising that improvement, for me, really is incremental, but it's there. I'm sure I'll step back again, but every good day tells me that I'm on the right track.

Jane, improvement on this IS incremental.  For me, it lasted close to ten years.  The beginning was incredibly difficult at times, but eventually it got a little easier, but it didn't matter - this was the only thing there was.  I knew where I was going before I started - the absolute bottom.  It is wonderful that you see some improvement!

And you are absolutely right about your injured dog- take care of him.  We have five.  One is a wonderful black setter-type who used to come and eat in our barn  years ago.  I bought his supposed owners a fifty pound bag of very good dog food.  They said they "don'd feed him, he's not our dog".  They kept the food for their dog.  Instead they threw things at him and tried to shoot him.  And we have two Great Pyrenees to guard our goats and a twenty pound little Chihuahua type who came up three years ago and said "This is where I live and you are my people".  And we have and Anatolian.

Having said all that, I have to say that is has paid off with huge improvements, which are still happening.  I get a good bit of exercise and do twenty minutes on our elliptical machine daily (get a day off a week).  My right arm, which I lost the use of, functions pretty well (I am left-handed). though I don't walk too far without a stick.  I might be able to but I really don't want to.  My biggest problem was my right leg, which was numb and would not get up off the floor AT ALL.  It does now.

Congratulations.  And you are not daft!


3/9 Symptoms returning. Began 5 abx protocol 5/9 Rifampin 600, Amox 1000, Doxy 200, MWF Azith 250, flagyl 1000 daily. Began Sept 04 PPMS EDSS 6.7 Now good days EDSS 1 Mind, like parachute, work only when open. Charlie Chan  In for the duration.&am

Rica, it's so good to know your improvement continues! I know you were in a very bad place, so every improvement is a celebration, as is every day your right arm co-operates!

i!m so pleased I'm not the only dog-nut here!  30 years ago I had one who walked in from the street and stayed! He became another member of my pack! So what could I do, besides love him?

MS symptoms from 2001, DX RRMS in 2008, following, a change of hospital who sent me for an MRI, precipitated by some sight loss. Took Interferons, on and off. Prescribed  chemo infusions to slow pro