Thursday, January 8, 2009

Random Thoughts and Sooner Football

Today's post is going to be a bit of stream-of-consciousness writing. Just to give you fare warning.

First of all, thank you guys so much for the support you freely give to me. I appreciate that more than you probably realize.

It's so cool that you've voted for me in the Best Patient's Blog category of Medgadget's annual Best Medblogs awards. If you haven't yet, you can do that here (but only one vote per IP address is allowed).

According to Feedburner there are over 120 folks subscribed to my dribblings, which doesn't count subscriptions through Google (I think). I don't know who you all are, but thanks for turning in. I suspect that there have been quite a few pharma-related subscribers. But lately, I've been giving pharma an easy time of it. Maybe I need to turn my head in their direction again.

Since I started writing for The Health Central Network, I haven't posted as frequently on my own blog. I'm sorry for that. Health Central has been getting some of my better work, and with some restructuring they are doing, I need to evaluate how best to spend my limited energies.

Speaking of energies, physical therapy is going well and I'm slowly beginning to see some changes. Walking with more confidence. Having a bit more endurance. Getting stronger. All very good things.

I wonder, though, if I haven't just traveled through a mild exacerbation. I'm thinking this because I was experiencing more numbness and tingling in my hands (again) and the difficulty standing up had come back (or had rather not really gone away completely since August).

With this crazy disease, it's hard to know what exactly is going on. All I know is that I started to feel noticeably better in the past week.

Still struggling with mood though. Depression is such a nasty beast. Once you get complacent and comfortable at a certain level, and stop staring it eye-to-eye every day for at least a moment, it sits in the corner and begins to grow (while you're not looking) until it's big enough to barrel though things and over shadow your every move.

I am so very thankful that through this blog I have met so many wonderful people. I have developed relationships while go beyond the boundary of this screen. I love it when I can actually help somebody by offering my support and lending an understanding ear, just as there are folks in the blog world to whom I can turn in a moment of need.

It's comforting to know that there are some around here with whom I can talk about other aspects of my life besides MS. You know who you are and I thank you for that.

Something else that's been hanging over me - I've been neglectful in keeping up with propering labeling posts. If I'm not posting as frequently in the near future, hopefully I'm adding labels and tags so that visitors can find what stuff there is here more easily. So some housekeeping is in order.

So......if you're still reading this, I've got to say "WOW". You are dedicated.

I must say that tonight is a big night. It is the football game which will decide the National Championship team for the 2008 College football season. My vote goes to the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma is playing Florida tonight at 8:00pm EST.

"Boomer Sooner"

So that's it for now. Thank you for listening.


  1. BOOMER SOONER! The Pride is just about to be on TV for the halftime show. Such fond memories! I guess you were at the Orange Bowl that I went to; it was the one when we played Arkansas. We marched in the Orage Bowl Parade in a torrential downpour.

    OMG, they're play "Pinball Wizard!" How awesome is that! I was in a production of "Tommy" here in Tulsa a few years back. Good times, pre-MS.

    Thanks for all you do for the MS community!


  2. I AM still reading and sorry about your Sooners.

    Caregivingly Yours,

  3. Lisa,

    I too am very sorry about the OK loss to FL. I am a Georgia Bulldog fan, which means I despise the Florida Gators. With a passion.

    My deepest condolences.

    Anne (estreetanne, I just found your blog today!)

  4. Kelley, The Pride was awesome indeed!! Such clarity in the brass, made me nostalgic. I wonder if Roland Barrett is still writing their scores. His stuff is always so great.

    I remember that Orange Bowl Parade. Horrible rains!! Unfortunately, I was wearing my red suspenders with a white T-shirt under the uniform which got completely stained. Do you remember going under a bridge where the water came up almost to our knees? That was something!!!

    I've tried watching the film version of Tommy and unfortunately never made it through. My Sweetie's favorite band is The Who.

    Patrick, Thank you for the sympathy. And congrats on the NMSS grant. Anything to stay more mobile and transportable is a good thing.

    Anne, welcome!! It was painful watching the game. A couple of penalties took the wind out of OU's sails, that and a few poor play choices. Too bad.

    Please feel free to come back as often as you'd like. I love getting to know more folk and see that you've got a newish blog. I'll have to go check it out. :)


  5. Depression is a tough nut to crack. Every time I think I have it beat it rears its ugly head. I am now telling myself that every moment is a chance to change a bad day/mood. It is helping a bit. I had a much better week this week than I have in quite a while.

  6. Just gotta say that WE are thankful for your blog...


  7. Sorry the Sooners lost.

    I agree with Shauna. WE are thankful for your wonderful, informative blog.

  8. I will ALWAYS be a loyal fan...even IF you are rooting for the wrong "red" state (GO HUSKERS!!!). Hehe...

    Linda D. in Seattle