Feelin’ Smart-ish

….emphasis on the ish.

So, I discussed my vitamin D ideas with my bio lab TA today, and he suggested that I find some MS labs around the country that are doing research and apply to work/intern this summer… 

also he didn’t say my ideas were stupid/wishing&hoping/far-fetched

I’m considering this a win. 

Anybody know of any labs doing MS research this summer?

Musings of a Wannabe Bio Major

This whole vitamin D conundrum has sent me off on a series of mental tangents which I’m about 99.99% sure are all incorrect. 

But okay, logically….

1. Lots of people with MS have very low levels of vitamin D

2. But obviously people with MS aren’t just avoiding sunshine/vitamin D-heavy foods a lot more than other people…

(case in point: I drink at least 2 glasses of vitamin D fortified milk per day) 

3. People with MS aren’t affected by vitamin D-heavy food or sunshine (this is not as factual as I want it to be, it’s more a hypothesis) 

4. But they are affected by very high doses of pill-form vitamin D….

…. so thus… would it be possible to give all 16 year olds a blood test for vitamin D levels, and then those who aren’t absorbing vitamin D correctly could be put on pill form vitamin D…

and then, this is where the hypothesizing really gets crazy, bear with me

since vitamin D has been proven to reduce relapses (and possibly prevent them) in people who already have MS/have had relapses, could taking vitamin D before the relapses start actually PREVENT the disease from ever really starting up?

but OK this seems really unlikely because if I can think of it, so can really smart actual biology people (the ones who aren’t failing their science courses… sigh) and they’ve probably already disproved it…

maybe I’m just desperate. Thoughts, anyone? 

Vitamin D: Miracle Cure?

Fact: The average multivitamin gives you 400 units of Vitamin D per day 

And as of Friday, I’m taking 7,000 units per day. That is NOT a typo. 

here’s why: http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20090428/high-doses-vitamin-d-cut-ms-relapses?page=2

This all seems very strange to me. I think that people tend to view vitamins as something necessary that will give them a small benefit, but not as a possible treatment or cure for a very serious disease. Maybe I’m wrong, but vitamins have just never seemed that heavy-duty to me… possibly because I take gummy vitamins… 

Moving on from the fact that I’m mentally about 5 years old, hopefully this vitamin D thing helps! Relapses suck, to say the least. 

I really like LISTS

So one of my obsessions is lists, I love love love to make lists! Today’s list is: a list of euphemisms for MS relapses. Let me know if there are any I didn’t include.

1. Relapse

2. Inflammation

3. Exacerbation (this seems overly complicated) 

4. Bout

5. Attack

Thesaurus.com suggested “fall from grace” which is pretty accurate too but I haven’t heard it used… obviously. Doctors don’t seem to be into sounding that poetic. 

That was a shorter list than I wanted it to be, so feel free to add!

Question!

Anybody out there with MS who has used Solu-Medrol after a relapse (or whatever other euphemism you want to use) before, do you get a new PICC line for every course of the steroid or a separate IV each day?

Also known as, wow I hate my PICC line… can’t wait to get rid of it in 2 days!