"Keep S’Myelin"

…t-shirts that make no sense, part 2. What is this supposed to mean? Keep your myelin? Keep smiling? Both? It’s stupid. On a related note, my Neuro prof’s lectures on myelin feel like telling someone without legs all the benefits of having legs. Did you know that you can walk and dance and run and skip and climb things and play sports and … oh wait, not you…. 

Speaking of neuro, trying to get my act together in that class. Thought I tried hard enough on the last exam, but when I told Cassie I had made “31 flashcards… I’ve never made that many flashcards!”, she just responded “Must have been a pretty easy test if you only needed 31 little pieces of information…” 

As the C in my online gradebook will tell you, she’s right. More flashcards! Currently am on a train home for another like 36 hour visit, but it will be worth it I’m sure. Bringing my brothers presents! 

Guess I missed a couple things…

In spite of trying to be a good blogger and keep whoever happens to read my blog informed about my life, I’ve missed out on some of the most important things! So, once again, a list

1. My college does this great thing called In the Company of Others (ITCOO) during freshmen orientation. It’s a thing where several (this year it was 9) older students volunteer to write and deliver (terminology?) a monologue about some experience they’ve had at college (or before if it’s relevant) that shaped them into who they are today. This past orientation (about a month and a half ago) I participated along with 8 fantastic people and told my whole fun diagnosis story. Kind of a downer, but also a good thing to do I think? Then felt super embarrassed about skipping the ITCOO that happened during my freshmen orientation last year…. 

2. I joined WSDR (Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights) this year, thanks to 2 fellow ITCOO-ers who are the founders of WSDR. Very cool and active student group here, even though it’s intense to identify as disabled for me… 

3. I’m getting interviewed! By Christin Rice, www.christinrice.com , who writes a great blog (click the link!) about change. She’s cool, that’s cool, very exciting :) 

4. I got some MS t-shirts! Less exciting, but whatever. One says “Multiple Sclerosis Ninja” (I got it because it’s so enigmatic… by enigmatic I mean I think somebody figured out you can put any words on a shirt with “ninja” and it will sell) and the other says “I’m not drunk, I have MS.” Clearly I plan to only wear it while inebriated. Ha! However, have not had courage to wear them outside of my house… 

5. I’m writing this blog post as a break from an all-nighter that I am currently pulling for a Developmental Biology midterm…. wish me luck guys… 

6. On a related note, RedBull is a hideous (but suddenly necessary) beverage. 

7. Finally, if you happen to be around Wesleyan on Halloweekend, come check out VOCAL DEBAUCHERY’s Halloween show on the 29th at 5PM (probably in the Nics Lounge). We’re hilarious and fantastic and a good way to use up your Saturday :) 

Identified!

Hi :) so over at Favorite Household Object (my mom’s blog), my mom writes a daily meditation on an object every day. I thought I’d try something similar.

Object: my new medical bracelet

I finally got a medical bracelet! I think it says a lot of things for a piece of black rubber with some metal attached. Here’s a list:
1. My name (duh)
2. My parents’ home phone number
3. That I have MS
4. The medication I’m on
(and now for some less literal things that it says)
5. That I have super good fashion sense (jkjk but I have gotten some awkward compliments before people realize what it is)
6. That maybe sometimes I’ll need rescuing
7. But also that I’m looking out for myself
8. That I might have some seriously misplaced faith! To expand on that: I go to a college where students drink a lot, and sometimes get sent to the hospital. Say somebody was to find me in some super bad state (people with MS have, in rare cases, experienced sudden and complete paralysis), who’s to say that they wouldn’t just assume that I’d been drinking a lot or doing some drugs or whatever and not notice the bracelet that says otherwise? In the real world, where people don’t get blackout drunk on any day of the week (seriously Wesleyan, who decided that Wednesdays were “bar night?”), the bracelet might come in handy, but in my current situation I feel like it could go unnoticed.

Anyway, the point is that I’m feeling pretty labeled, and I’m not sure how to feel about it! And by labeled I mean literally, like the files on the office where I work or the mouse brain in a jar that we looked at in my neurobiology class. Picture of bracelet to follow!

Weekend Update…

…with someone less funny than Seth Meyers (me) and not on the weekend (it’s Wednesday). 

First I would like to shamelessly promote my mom’s new blog, you can see how cool my mom is at http://krhett.tumblr.com ! You have to assume she’s fantastic if even her 19 year old daughter says she’s cool. 

Second order of business: I got inspired by my mom (this blog post should really just be called MY MOM IS SO COOL ZOMG) and her super blogging ways to start blogging more! So hey everybody, prepare to get really tired of me. 

And thirdly: to any readers out there who know anyone under 28 with MS, please tell them to contact me! I’m trying to gather together young adults with MS to start some sort of national organization. 

Happy studying to my fellow stressed out college kids