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