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My new AFO dream: Cane or no Cane?

MS and PT...one would think after over thirty-three years as a public educator that I would tire of all the "alphabet" indicators, but it is just a way of life. 

At my new medical adviser's advice I began physical therapy two weeks ago and, if nothing else, am happy with the structured time dedicated to necessary stretching and strength building exercises. I am a bit more motivated to fight back against the MonSter.

Rebecca, my therapist, is extremely helpful, encouraging, and, and uplifting. She not only takes an interest in our time together, but is brutally honest in her assessment of my physical health. She goes out of her way to assist me in ways no other medical professional has...and she gets excited about doing so.

In fact, during tomorrow's appointment, I am to meet with a specialist to discuss the possibility of getting an affordable AFO (ankle foot orthosis) to light the offensive two on my right foot that interfere with walking. When Rebecca asked during my …

If you like MS, you might love MS...The Pinterest irony.

If you like MS, you might love MS...

As a rookie Pinterest user, I am fascinated with the wealth of information, viable or not, that is shared n this site. The research is pretty much done for you. Not only do people go cray sharing sites and ideas, but the computer itself offers additional "likes", which is great. Unfortunately, a computer cannot measure the human aspect of language.


Personal knowledge of this very real truth came several years ago when the West Virginia State Board of Ed decided that scoring/evaluating student writing would best be done electronically rather than by actual English teachers. Remember the writing assessment? Every summer one hundred teachers from around the state  camped together in some pre-destined place of comfort for a week of unbiased "grading." Not only did this offer a much needed stipend for the participating teachers, we learned a great deal about the students of WV, we formed a kinship of like-minded people, gained insight …

Aubagio or Gilyena?

Last week I posed the need for questions to ask a new heatlh care provider. Well, my appointment  was yesterday, and I am quite pleased with the attention given me from Erica Blackwell at the Eye Institute in Morgantown. Although not a professionally trained MS Specialist, Erica epitomizes the passion that special health providers exhibit for the  MS War.

Here is what I learned:


Q: Why are my feet different colors? What causes this? What can I do?
A: Possible circulation issue since the discolored leg is the "affected" side of my body. Compression socks could help. Physical therapy (which she prescribed) will possibly get me back on track with a more physically active lifestyle.

Since I got a massage today that included reflexology, I agree that circulation could be the culprit. For a few hours today after the appointment, my legs nearly matched. So, yes, this will be a regular indulgence for me.


Q: What is the best treatment for my MonSter? When can I start? (I have gone without…