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rwboughton Patient Expert

Portland, Oregon
Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, lifelong resident, writing, literature, coffee enthusiast.  I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in July of 2007.   
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Tonight's Appointment by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) So, I go to the Senior neurologist tonight. I take my MRI scans with me, along with the radiologist's report. We discuss my previous visits with his partner, the meds she pr ... Read on »
Absurdity by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) How can anyone, having any semblance of a stable mind, manage the unconscionable temerity to defend the beheading of an innocent journalist, the mass murder of captive soldi ... Read on »
Reggie by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Lost an old friend on Friday last. My step-daughter's father. A Prince among men. The kind of person who was everyone's friend; a spiritual man, a sensitive listener and one ... Read on »
Worms by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I used to type well over 100 words a minute. Now, my fingers have become noodles. They are worms, blindly roaming about the keypad. Not likely to be playing Chopin anytime s ... Read on »
Bread by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) So anyway - there's this new bread and pastry place nearby. Bread Time or Bread Place or something like that. Bread is a big deal here in Indonesia. It's considered a 'weste ... Read on »
Yeah, Don't Bother by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Well, some of you out there are going to be getting sick of these continual MS entries. But hey, it intrudes, it speaks, it insists. And, after all, the original inception o ... Read on »
Can't Wait by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Actually looking forward to returning to the doctor on Friday. Just like old times. Lots of questions. Seeking answers. I guess I had forgotten how long it takes to recover ... Read on »
What Illness Reveals by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have always thought that what is most miraculous in the healthy human organism is most distinctly revealed in the aberrations of illness. "I am fearfully and wonderful ... Read on »
Quiet Time by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) When you are ill and laid up, you see the things that are always there, those things that you have not seen before with precision or even interest. They are the pass ... Read on »
The Latest Curative Measures by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) My sweet, well-intentioned wife has decided that the way to cure my MS symptoms is for me to get LOTS of sun. Bali sun, that is. A cut above every other kind of sun. To this ... Read on »
Long Journey by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cabin fever. Climbing walls. Can't take it anymore - disorienting meds or no - I head out on the motorbike to Sanur, Problem is, the thing keeps going sideways. Don't know h ... Read on »
Med Regimen by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Wow, these meds are spacing me out. Long time since I've taken strong medications. Methylprednisolone and clonazepam seems to be the worst. Dizzy, disoriented, exhausted, fe ... Read on »
MS Update by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Well, I found out this morning that there are multiple new active lesions on MRI scan. No wonder I ain't been feelin so good. I suspect the doctor thinks I'm a bit weird bec ... Read on »
Whatever by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Once again, internet is out at home. Came down to Starbucks to work, but, lo and behold, internet is out here too. So that’s a motorbike trip and 31000 rupiah for nothing. ... Read on »
Creepy Books and Things by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) It's not that there's nothing to say. It's just that I'm lazy. But anyway .... Just finished reading Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King. Quite a good book. I'd been hoping for ... Read on »
Hypocrites by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Republic of Indonesia denounces Israel's attacks on Gaza, the Jakarta Post headline says. So, I look further to see the whole story. But guess what? I don't get the full st ... Read on »
Two Bits (of flesh) for a Haircut by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I just cut my ear while shaving. Well, not my ear, but behind my ear, whatever that spot is called (behind the ear, perhaps?). That's what  happens when you have to shave yo ... Read on »
More of the Cataract Saga by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) The cataract saga continues. Let's rewind for a moment. Perhaps a year ago, I went to an ophthalmologist at Kasih Ibu Hospital and was told that I had cataracts and ... Read on »
Waiting by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Internet at home kaput today, so I'm trying to get some work done at Starbucks in Sanur, but internet here is fairly kaput, too. Damn! Two-and-a-half million for this intern ... Read on »
Names by rwboughton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I hate to keep writing about being sick, but, hey, what else is there to think about when you're sick. The good news is that the sore throat and fever have finally gone away ... Read on »