As humans, we are used to having our muscles control our limbs. In MS, this may not be the case and may surprise us with episodes of embarrassment and Street Comedy. How to cope? What to do?
A Winter’s piece containing some photos as well as comments on life As We Know It. This is a season for food, cheer, coffee and chocolate. And, for me, reading and writing.
Now living in Portland OR, suddenly able to roam the streets and interact with a population and study the problems which arise when a multiply-sclerotic tries to live with others in a normal fashion.
Reaching out for a ring on a moving carousel, I dare to comment on a commonly-seen television show and maybe stir up a modicum of regard for my work. 5/18: Please reread and Feature this piece. I have rewritten it.
Our connection with the General Weald is affected by the physical restrictions dictated by MS. I don't drive, I'm not easily driven around. I have no ombudsman to iron out these restrictions. Frustrating? Yes. But there are advantages to Solitude.
After a week of confusion an worry, the Bad Guys show themselves, step out into the street, away from the shadows they'ed been hiding in and show themselves ready for a Real Gunfight. Maybe.
The Donald fights the Tar Baby; for some reason, the Democrats can't work with the legal winner of a national election. Dirty tricks abound and the howls of the leftists in the Darkness are getting silly, unbelieved and, hopefully, impotent.
Ten years now after retiring from the active practice of Medicine, I 'review the bidding' and see where my life has gone and where it is now going.
Once an interesting sojourn, I'm starting to see the real challenges I do and will face and the attitudes I have to adopt and the actions I must take that move my life along as a a Multiply Sclerotic.
The sudden onset of my yearly Upper Respiratory Infection, with the concomitant arrival of general Unwellness and an unforeseen, rare appearance of a family Nemesis, Renal Stone. This and MS! God wot!
The 2016 Presidential Campaign and Election had me in its Gyres and Tempest. How sitting in my Wheelchair had me almost Frantic with concern about the proper result ensuing and the final resolution.
I've been drinking coffee since I was ten. The best of 'acquired tastes', I look forward to it and I drink a good slug each morning. MS has affected my relationship with my Primary Methyl Xanthine.
Using the simplest physical devices to ease life in MS; a use of Habit and invention of Protocols; Mnemonics in MS; why Playing the Piano, Reading in Foreign Languages and the Daily Crossword help.
'No Man is an Island.' Everyone must 'get along' and there are many devices and techniques by which daily life with others is made easier. I'll talk about a few and involve my MS in it somehow.
My experience as a retired allopathic physician with Secondary Progressive MS and new severe depression following med withdrawal. Another New MS Life Experience!
We see natural forms in all aspects of our lives. All we have to do is look closely and recognize them, Everywhere, a foundation of Everything. Our living Glasperlenspiel. Our own Glass Bead Game.
How Well-Practiced mental Routines help me sail my ship through a Stormy Sea; how a Sclerotic handles a team of Wild, Aggressive Horses with their Own Agenda
Random thoughts from a Non-Guru who has been Meditating Regularly since College
How I use my Electronics to spread Christmas Cheer and convince everybody that I haven't yet Shaken Off the Mortal Coil
The Careful Disposal of Old Eatable Food and care of our Backyard Friends.
General Comments: What it is, Why it is, How it came on to me, What may result from it, Why it may be a Good Thing.
I. Introduction I have meandered on through this blog for about 3 1/2 years, always wondering, 'how can I earn a living doing what I enjoy, now that I can't practice active Emergency Medicine?' I quickly found I was in an unusual, if lucky...
: Evidentally, An Old Dog can learn New Tricks
A blog begun after an extended MS flare, which left me very tired and realizing my loss of career but never purpose. 'My head is bloody but unbowed.'
A review of Political, meterologicial, medical and religious Topicks. This is not a journal!
My trip north to Tigard, Oregon; my lodging in a hotela few miles from my extended family, which makes all the Difference. (c) 2013 Thomas Vetto, MD
An oft-promised Real-life story from years back, when backpacking was strictly for entertainment and pleasure. A brief summary of recent Nifty events... Later: Next blog...not this one...
Another MS-induced ramble. Really a view of a mind trying to unperplex itself, given a healthy challenge presented in mid life.
This last lapse was several months. I never expect this sort of thing but have learned to go with such a dry spell when it comes. Thank God I have enough disability insurance and the Mind of a Miser so that I can fold into myself and ignore the real...
A political, philosophical blog. A view at a changing country, a vibrant and violent ocean -striking an immovable cliff. Real life and something real to think about, in spite of ongoing MS.
A blog directed at National Politics, something I avoid like the Great Pox, since I too easily loose my temper, even at the best times. MS, don't we love it!
Comments on my trip Out West with my brother and MS.
Another trip to Oregon, to escape the AZ Summer. A tale of an MS Flare on the road and how I got through it!
Some weeks ago, I wrote my 19th hub. I'd thought I could blast off from there and become, finally, prolific. This did not happen. The Arizona monsoon season happened. It really isn't that hot; a temp over 105* is unusual at this time of year but...
A travelogue, one I think many will like to read. A young Physician with a new, bad diagnosis, taking the time to travel and talk.
A roving look at weather and some of the drugs I use to make my life with MS easier and more Interesting.
Observations on the effect of environmental heat on MS sufferers. To wit: why a yearly trip to Oregon in the Summer is necessary for this MS patient.
A leisurely view of parts of the country taken by a Multiply Sclerotic and his Wife. Neat places to visit; addmitantly poor picture focus.
Notes on life seen traveling through California. MS on the move!
Very early into a Dx-caused retirement, the first of a developing series.
More particular points on backpacking with MS, with my usual cleverness included Free!
This is a previously written blog that glimpses at a fellow, an active physician, whose life course could be stymied or maybe not.
A few quick observations and recommendations about backpacking with MS.
Part of my series of blogs dealing with Backpacking with MS, the problems, challenges and the fun you can have.
My very first real go at MS-related serious writing.
Just to be awake again makes a difference. This short blog is just a first try in establishing a Habit of writing.
This is a shortish blog but with useful factoids and worth everyone who backpacks to review.
I have been in San Diego for a week now, visiting my daughter, staying at the sybaritic Four Seasons. Pure Sloth has kept me from writing. Using MS as an excuse, I have contacted no one and have not blogged. At this point, I would like to start a...
Here today; gone to Maui I have been away from my blog for seversl days; thank MS. I was very tired and felt I did not have the gumption to get out of bed, let alone fire up my Dell...I hate to try to instruct when my mind is dead and the point...
Molokai I am in the midst of my own version of an 'MS flaret.' I have episodes of parathesia - numbness- and local limb weakness. I realize though, that my problems are my own fault, a result of dietary non-compliance. Two days ago, in...
I have been away from home for a week and the rigor of transport is the only excuse I have for not blogging the last few days. Today, I think it would be useful to talk a little about diet and MS. We are used to a loaded larder in America and why...
rain clouds in Maui I put a picture of clouds taken on vaykay last summer because I have a paucity of pictures on my computer and I thought it would be attractive... ............................................... MS is described as a disease...
rare smiling shot I am a retired MD diagnosed first with MS in 2004. Without significant symptoms then, I continued working for another two and a half years, at which time I retired. Could I have kept going? Sure, but MS made me tired at night...