Decided to get this shit down to keep things somewhat up to date. Memory requires jogging and the blog reminds me of the good and bad of past.
Starting with a couple goods... I eventually got signed up on a financial assistance plan with Biogen. I had to get another starter of Tecfidera that holds my doctor's titration schedule of 120mg once a day for two weeks, then 120mg twice a day two weeks. If we wanted the normal dose, my doctor would have to redo paperwork.
Completed a second starter dose, two months in a row. When I was getting low, I called Biogen to get second shipment sent and of course they couldn't find the order or my enrollment in program.
After nearly an hour on the phone, and expressing my displeasure of having to taking the starter for a third month in a row, they got things pushed through. Told me I would expect a call in a few days.. did not receive that call, I called almost a week later as I was two days left of medication, they jumped on it and overnighted the medication. Shouldn't have been this much trouble.
While I can tell definite GI issues if I don't eat when taking the medication, I cannot find a rhythm to the flushing. Some days its not so bad and others, I want to take my skin off with a razor.
A couple nights ago, flushing hit and I was on fire. I sat up in bed trying to put my mind elsewhere but I couldn't. I got so frustrated I ripped my shirt off like a fucking baby. Pissed me off that I ruined a perfectly good shirt.
The flushing makes my skin dark red, and it feels hot. Feels like needles from head to toe... When it hits hard, I tell myself I am going to quit but I keep taking it. Its supposed to ease up over time. Well hurry the fuck up. I have been trying to remember not to take it too late. Flushing seems magnified when I am trying to sleep.
Another good thing is we got a pet. Its a cat, and shes been with us for almost two months.
While visiting the girlfriend's parents there was some kids walking around holding a kitten by it's neck.
I yelled at these kids a couple times when I would see them carrying it like that, telling them how to hold her.
Anytime the kitten got loose, she would run across the street to us and was very loving. Poor thing was malnourished and covered in fleas.
We decided we would rescue this cat, but by the time we decided on that, one of the kids had rounded her back up and locked her in their house. We did not see her for the last two days of the trip there.
Two weeks later, gf's mom called, said the kitten was loose and came to her. It was still in bad shape and covered in fleas. We said we will take her, and she was taken inside and cared for.
A couple days later my gf traveled a few hundred miles and got her. They took her to vet to get checked and shots before bringing her home..
She has since regrown hair in places it was missing and is steadily putting on weight. She has been to vet here and up to date on shots. She is underweight still and has to put on more before getting fixed but is getting there.
I am not a cat person, but this cat is very sweet. She sleeps through the night and does not bother us. She loves to sleep on or by me while I work. Girlfriend is slightly jealous of the relationship which was inevitable since I work from home. She is an indoor/outdoor cat. She likes to go outside with us and come back in with us. She was litter box trained before she got here and she doesn't like wet food.. odd. She loves the sound of dripping water, its mesmerizing to her, but cannot stand to get wet.
Alright, now some bullshit. I requested a recommendation for an eye doctor from my neurologist since the ON has lasted 8 months now and needs to be documented. I went to a neuro-ophthalmologist that was recommended.
Ran through several tests, and completed a field test. He was able to confirm the ON in the right eye, but said the ON had actually affected both eyes. The retina in left eye is pale and field tests show its deficiencies. I suspected issues with the left eye but ignored them concentrating on the obvious issues with right...
He confirmed that there is nothing that can be done and expected that I may have issues with this forever since the inflammation has lasted this long....great.
I am still unable to find someone in my area where I can get my shit. My only consistent and reliable dude is in another state and requires a couple hour drive each way.. I am having trouble socializing with these people here. I have little to nothing in common with them. The couple people my age with MS I have met here don't and have never smoked. Both are very religious..
I have had my eye on some groups that meet up here but always miss them for one reason or another.
I was going to try my luck with a meditation group, an atheist group, and an IT/Sysadmin group.
Don't care to socialize with these people but I am on a mission.
My lease is up in a couple months.. trying to decide on moving to another part of this area or go ahead and just fucking leave. Hate this area, the people, the way of life, every single fucking thing about it. Can I find happiness somewhere? Can I shut the fuck up, suck it up and deal with it? I am seeking the unattainable.
I have been prepping paperwork and information to apply for disability. I was going to make an appointment with local SS field office but dipshits in DC are fucking me on that..
Hopefully they get their shit together before long so I can get the ball rolling.
I have managed to work through all the troubles so far but this bout of ON is really making work difficult.
Seems like everything now is just a waiting game..
I know I am forgetting something. Oh well, till next time.