Epic. Nursing. Fail.

more to follow when I’m less annoyed about nurses and their epic fail tendencies. But I swear, I’m usually a positive person! I’m going to think happy thoughts about flowers and springtime (which has yet to arrive in Connecticut really, other than some random daffodils looking cold and lonely outside the science center)….¬

This is somehow cheerful post injection. Today’s was not much fun and now my leg looks deformed. Really, life? Ya gotta make my leg look nasty too?¬†

In other news, supposedly the best place to absorb vitamin D from sunshine is the backs of your knees… everybody try to figure out how to do that efficiently haha.¬†

27 Hours Later…

…and my meds still haven’t kicked in yet?

Just kidding, copaxone doesn’t have a healing effect. Oh well.¬†

Yesterday, I got to inject myself for the very first time, which was well… an experience. An experience which I will have every day for the rest of my life apparently. Hmm. I am usually more positive than this, but not gonna lie, the injection hurt a lot. My leg (where I did it) hurt for maybe 2 or 3 hours after. It was rather unfortunate…¬†

Not much else to say, more copaxone tonight, lucky me…¬†

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.¬†