Undemented Doubting

An entire month has somehow passed since my last post, and what a month it has been.  On the work front, I’ve mostly wanted to pull my hair out,  but there were some “I can’t believe I get paid to do this” moments as well, such as the day that I gave a technical brief to a veteran astronaut (who is my boss, three times removed).  On the non-work front, I’ve received some medical test results which have left me scratching my head.  Continue reading

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My April 2013 Follow-up Appointment

About 2 weeks ago, I had a follow-up neurologist appointment.  Below is an outbrief of that meeting, with the usual provision of questions asked and answers given during the appointment. Continue reading

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Finale

The results from the sleep test that I took last month are in.  The test experience was a contradictory mix of painless medieval torture.  After all the electrodes were super-glued to my scalp and legs, two tight belts were placed around my abdomen and upper chest (under armpits between breast and chin), a mask-like device with silicone appendages that go up the nose was strapped to my face, and an oxygen-sensor was clipped to and securely taped to my pointer finger, I was ready to catch some zzzz’s. But here was the problem: Continue reading

A Week of Accomplishment and Renewed Commitment

In my current job, my primary responsibility is more of management and scientific “oversight”.  These days, I don’t often get the time to do what I trained for in all those years I put in during college and graduate school:  to do basic research.  Well, this week, I managed to re-prioritize my time so that I could get a paper finished that I am helping to co-author and that will be submitted to an astronomy journal soon!  Continue reading

A Second Opinion

Last week, following the wonderful mini-vacation and science conference that we enjoyed, I had a follow-up appointment with the MS specialist.  This follow-up comes on the heels of having seen an  neuro-opthomologist (which frankly was kind of a waste of time) and a neurosurgeon (the pineal cyst is not big enough to require surgery or be a source of concern), and following several blood tests (with tests for NMO and sticky-blood syndrome, along with the usual MS blood panel, all of which tested negative).

During this appointment, Dr. H. seemed to me to be a little off her game, or maybe I was expecting more from her than was fair.  Continue reading

Data, diagnosis, and the Scientific Method

My previous emails have been an attempt to provide a 15-year background and quickly catch up to the present-day.  I’m almost there!  When I last posted, I was discussing my Copaxone treatment, and mentioned that one reason that I had fallen “off the wagon” for a couple of days was because of an unusually stressful week that got me home late each evening and really just too tired to deal with the hassle and pain.

Well, there was another reason for temporarily stepping off the wagon… Continue reading