Archive for June 2010

Evening June 29, 2010

Today my physical therapy was cancelled.  There is an economic summit in town with the Presidents of the 8 Central American countries and several others such as South Korea.  There are demonstrations all over town and the concern was that it would take hours to get to and from the BioFit Center, if at all.  So I used the day to exercise anyway.  I went swimming and I walked in the mall not far from where I am staying.  Oh, and I just happened to buy a dress…

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Evening, June 28, 2010

Today was a very important day.  I had my first IV of my OWN stem cells, had the 5th spinal injection and I had physical therapy this morning.  Everything went tremendously well!  There were no complications at all.  I feel absolutely exhilirated!!  Another patient who is here from Texas and who is in his final week had an amazing victory today.  He also suffers from MS and was able to put on his pants standing up today.  He is a football coach and was very active before MS took so much from him.  Stem Cell Transplants are the future of medicine.  I am so grateful to be a part of this!!  The picture I have included is Coach Sam and myself.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 1PM

 Today is a very big day for me in this journey. This is the first time I will get my own stem cells back in an IV. These stem cells have 2 purposes…they heal any damage to organs and the like & they stop the immune system from behaving badly! Another words, the optimall result is to stop Multiple Sclerosis in it’s …tracks. I will also have the spinal injection (4 more) and I had physical therapy this AM.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 8:30 pm

I had the weekend off and I had the good fortune to have my sister Sharon join me.  She came in late last night and we took advantage of this free day to go grocery shopping and I took her for lunch at a Lebanese restuarant on the causeway,  a bridge of land built by the American military during the construction of the Panama Canal.  The causeway was built with the earth that was dug out from what would eventually be the canal.  The causeway connects the mainland to 3 islands out in the Pacific.  It is both stunning beautiful and reminiscent of another time.  The Canal was completed in 1914.  Tomorrow starts all my treatments in earnest.  I have physical therapy in the morning, a spinal injection in the afternoon and my first IV to give me back my own stem cells, taken from my adipose fat.  I hope to post later in the day tomorrow.  Thank you for following my blog 🙂

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Friday, June 25, 2010 Noonish

I made this little video for an update.  I have begun to notice small things that have changed.  I talk to family and friends on skype and they think my eyes are clearer and I seem more focused.  Little steps. 

Please watch this video

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Thursday, June 23, 2010 3PM

An update worth making: First, let me say, that as a rule, I do not have much pain, which is unusual in people with MS. I do attribute that to my Clinical Homeopathic Doctor and medicine. I do have one pain, running under my right foot…OUCH. I just realized, IT JUST DAWNED ON ME, that the pain is almost gone. Som…etimes it is completely gone. I am only part way through the treatment! Something is happening…

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Wednesday, June 23rd…4PM

Physical Therapy this morning and all is well.  My therapist is very knowledgable about Multiple Sclerosis and is enormously compassionate.  I can feel my muscles getting stronger.  My balance is better as well.  This whole treatment, including the injections, the therapy, the eventual IVs of my own stem cells…there is pain, but it is worth it.  I love this song from Michael Buble.  It is so APPROPRIATE and I want to share it!

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Update June 22nd

Here is a little video update.

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Noon, June 22, 2010, Tuesday

I had a very good physical therapy session with Ivan today.  He really understands Multiple Sclerosis and knows how to address all the different issues.  As always, we start with the bike and progress to stretching, painful especially when done by your therapist, but essential.  Today, we worked on building core strength, balance and some weight machines.  I have the rest of the day off…YIPPEE!  I am doing laundry, some straightening up, cooking lunch and whatever.  It is a beautiful sunny afternoon…all is well 🙂

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