Thanks for all the positive feedback. Still, when I look at the video, all I can see is a big Charlie Brown head with a bad haircut.
The whole thing was really a very interesting experience. I've watched so many similar interviews on CNN, and worked for 20 years in the TV/video industry, primarily as a producer/editor, but never imagined that I would be on the other side of the camera. I think it was a good thing that I had very little notice before hand, so I couldn't overthink things.
I first spoke to the producer of the show at about 5:30 PM, and I had a chiropractor appointment at 7 PM. They wanted me in the studio by 8 PM, so my wife and I kind of did a mad dash across New York City, with her pushing me in my manual chair because we were taking taxis all over the place.
I expected that they would at least tell me what questions they were planning on asking, but the only preparation I got was a brief thirty second chat with the host of the show during a commercial break, using a hidden earpiece and the microphone attached to the camera. When I inquired what he would be asking, he just kind of muttered something about general questions regarding my CCSVI experience.
I wish they'd given me more time to explain some of the intricacies of CCSVI and MS, but the show is meant for a general audience, so they paint in very broad strokes.
I have been considering giving Sal another shot in my veins, but in the meantime I've been doing work with an Atlas Orthogonal chiropractor, and have been taking part in a study about AO and MS. So far, the AO treatments haven't seemed to make a difference, and my disease is definitely still progressing. I feel like I need to give it a little more time, though.
As I said in the interview, my situation is pretty complex, and I have some recent MRI images that seem to show the possibility of a soft tissue mass or strange set of blood vessels impacting my spine right at the point of my lesion, so that opens up the possibility of a whole different line of investigation. Then again, the NIH recently chimed in to tell me they decided I had "Solitary Sclerosis", based on a paper put out by the Mayo Clinic. Which kind of sucks, because of the seven people looked at by the researchers, one is dead, two are completely bedridden (EDSS nine), and the other four are rapidly progressing.
So things are as confusing as ever. At least it's never boring…