Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This Month: July 2017, part 2

I picked up an awful cold and have been feeling miserable for the last ten days or so. And I've still got the kidney stones! Those other posts are still coming, I promise, but on a whim I started a new series earlier tonight: MS on TV.

The view from here:

road trip cloud vibes

the traditional road trip stop at this one Qdoba

this temperature did NOT make me happier, I assure you. it maxed out at 106.

look at this dog I call Mr. SimonPants casually leaning on his "elbow" against me in a super chill way.

a Nebraska sunset

my swimming buddies

do you like my sweet new shirt celebrating the Biebs?
(I did not buy this shirt.)

her reaction to seeing my shirt

getting my first tat

this guy is a miracle worker who saved my butt from computer doom

Mario Kart with grandma

(I'm just a little excited about this.)

look at this cute family

this is how I roadtrip: podcasts and origami

new card design

under the sea!

A new thing I started doing this month:
I'm using the app 1 Second Every Day. Here is my July, minus the first 8 days:

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MS on Television: The Night Shift

This is a new series for the blog. I watch a lot of television, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm happy to be living in this golden era of TV. Watching shows is actually a solid part of my health and wellness plan. Seriously! Distraction is a useful tool that I've had recommended to me by several different doctors. When my pain is really bad, it doesn't always fully work, but it can often help. I read as well, but I can't always focus my mind or my eyes the way I need to, but I can handle television.

MS comes up not as infrequently as you might expect, and quite often, there is something wrong with the way the disease is discussed. Often, this means bad or false information. I don't expect your minor storyline to be a long-form presentation on the disease in great detail, but if you're going to bring it up, at least have it be believable! And if you use your platform to show the disease in a true-to-life light, I will love you for it forever. Please watch The West Wing for some ideas on how to do it (mostly) right.

This series will highlight every time (or most times, anyway) that MS comes up on a tv show I watch. If you have any ideas for a fun MS-themed rating system I can use, let me know. Like a scale of five neurons? Or two myelin sheaths up or down? I know I have clever friends and readers - help a girl out.

First up, one of my all-time favorite genres: medical shows. I will watch literally any medical drama, even the bad ones. Most of them, I will love. NBC's The Night Shift is one that I love. It is what it is, which is a formulaic medical show, but it has heart and some great characters.

In Season 4 Episode 5, we see an army medic secretly shooting up with drugs and then we see her having some symptoms like tremors in an intense operating room situation. They are in Iraq or somewhere like that. One of the show's main characters, a doctor named TC later says to her: "Shooting up earlier, patchy numbness, weakness, and tremors How long have you had MS?"

She responds: "A while. I've been controlling it with steroids."

He says, "I can get you the best treatment." She insists that she just wants to keep doing her work, work that matters, says that she's no good to anyone laying in a hospital bed.

Later, she agrees to get treatment but then says, "The minute my treatment is done, I'm coming right back here."

This doesn't deserve a failing grade, but here are my issues with this storyline:

  • Is shooting up steroids a thing? I mean, high dose relapse steroids only come in oral and intravenous doses over a period of days, as far as I know. (Okay, I just looked it up, and it is a thing, but I don't think it's a thing typically or ever used for MS, probably because you won't be getting a high enough dose to make a difference.)
  • Also, a medical professional should know that not many MS treatments involve laying in a hospital bed. Some do, but not the majority, certainly not as a first course of action.
  • Treatment for MS isn't a thing that is one-and-done. Like, see ya! I'm going to go get rid of this disease and BRB! We wish.
  • The other symptoms make sense, but how TC adds shooting up to the list of things that made it obvious she had MS amused me.
I pride myself on diagnosing the characters on medical shows (you see a handful of the same weird/rare disease cases on every single medical show) but I did not think MS with this character, so I was surprised at TC's instant and easy diagnosis. I think the differential diagnosis would have involved a lot of other potential conditions and MS wasn't necessarily super obvious. (Other than the fact that she was a woman of a younger age, I guess. That would make MS rise to the top.)

Let me know if you see MS mentioned on a tv show and I'll add it to the series! And 

with me.
I can get you the best treatment.
[Sighs] I just want to do my work.
That's all that matters.
I-I'm here now.
I'm no good to anyone in a hospital bed.
You were no 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

This Month: July 2017, part 1

Oh look, here we are again and I never did a part two for June. The long and short of it is that things remained relatively not good. But then I had a new nephew enter the world and that helped cheer me up. And then I got to meet him for a few days. And that was wonderful. But the trip wore me out and now it's back to the daily grind.

Healthwise, I'm still stuck in kidney stone limbo. Still feeling periods of significant discomfort. Still peeing into a strainer. If you're counting, this is Day 42. And I had that very special test at the Urologist's office. It was pretty much the worst and I will tell you all about it soon, I promise. The result was an official diagnosis that basically means I'm bad at peeing. Which I already knew. Thanks, MS!

The view from here:

baby's first facetiming with auntie

sent a gift to my niece upon birth of her cuz

post storm pretty

my friend is kinda okay at gardening ;-)
okay, scratch that, REALLY good. it's so joyful to see her gardens.
minus the mosquitos, of course.

(I found all the check-in ladies to be judgy and not very friendly or helpful.)

hey veins

post Tysabri treat at a favorite sandwich place from college days

this doggie liked our horn jams

I have been waiting my whole life to have a baby boy to buy bowties for!

poetry in the waiting room before the most terrifying appointment of my life.

look what I found!

my friend Heather bought me a TON of disposable pee filters.
using these in public restrooms is the worst but it's so nice to be able to throw it out, unlike the plastic ones!
more on this unique and fabulous gift later.

I'm that person taking cloud pictures nonstop all flight, every flight.

life dream fulfilled! can't wait to see him in it in a few months.

lots of baby + pup sleeping shots

how cute is this nursery? my sis painted the mural.

pup always checking on the bambino. so cute.

my pretty mom is the world's greatest grandmother.

an origami bowtie for the lil man

she thought my book would be a comfy place to rest her head

had an afternoon free when mama + baby were at doctor, so saw another monument: MLK Memorial

Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

IT FINALLY HAPPENED! she rested her head on one foot. next time, it better be both feet.

I know, I look good with a baby in my arms.

lots of hand positions in the course of 30 minutes
back home where there are no baby boys but there is bountiful basil
new favorite thing in the world: long-distance book club with my niece.
this book had an MS component and I plan to write about it soon.

I literally took 1,000 pictures when I was in DC to meet my nephew but I tried to hold back here. :-) 

I hinted at three different posts that will be coming your way. Just stating it here again as a way to try to force myself to actually write them! Plus there's still the last two posts in the Symptoms Series.

I told my niece that I was going to be writing one of them and she said, "What? You do stuff other than post pictures on your blog?" The chagrin I felt will hopefully propel me to write more.