That being said, I do have some "medical" things to update. The spinal fluid did come back with the MS proteins, so there is no more waiting to make sure I have MS. It is official! Because it is official I have to start MS medication. After researching them....considering their effectiveness, years of research, amount of damage done to liver/kidneys, cost, side effects, etc., we have narrowed it down to two. One is a daily shot injection called Copaxone. It has been around for over 20 yrs, no damage to liver/kidneys, and has mild flu like side effects. The second is a monthly IV. As awful as this sounds I can not remember the name...it starts with a D. : ) I would go in once a month for 2 hrs and the first hour is for the IV, and then they have to monitor you an hour afterwards because I believe you have some flu like side effects as well. Now the IV is also twice as effective as the Copaxone, which is another reason I like it....plus no daily needles for me! : ) Here is the hangup with the IV. 60% of us will contract a virus in our lifetime called the JC virus. It just feels like you have a cold, and then the virus lies dormant in your brain. The medicine in the IV actually causes that virus to "awaken" and that cause serious brain infections and possible death. So I have taken a blood test to see if I carry this virus. If I am positive I have will remain on the Copaxone. If I am negative we will go through the process of starting the IV treatment. This may take a month or so, so either way as soon as my Copaxone comes in the mail I will begin my daily shots. I will then have blood tests done every 6 months to check and see if I have the JC virus, since I can still get it in my lifetime. Sorry if that was confusing! : )
I want to also add this amazing song to this post. A sweet friend blessed me with this and I think it is amazing! : ) I want my trust to know no borders!