Happy to update here. I think many of us were using our individual threads.
Other than dealing with the annoying coumadin monitoring and side effects, my recovery was really easy and over quickly. In truth, the simplest MS treatment I have dealt with as I have had allergic reactions to the meds.
I think the most noticeable change that I can identify is that sense of clarity I described experiencing after surgery. Specifically, I think the world literally looks crisper. I would not have said that I had vision issues previously, but then again, I thought my digital cable was just fine until I saw HD.
It is hot and humid in Boston, and yesterday when I was out walking I was wearing a long sleeve sweater to cover up my bruises. Later that day a relative asked me how I was doing in the heat and it was only then when I realized that I had been just fine - - didn't feel bad or badly. I never had horrible heat issues, but would have some tingling and just an overall blah feeling. None of that.
On the other hand, a few days after the surgery, I did have noticeable symptoms - - tingling and pressure - - in my forearms. It came and went, just like it did pre-surgery. Am curious to see if it happens again.
And overall, like others have noted, I definitely am being more social. Not sure if it because I am feeling perkier or because everyone wants to check me out in person. (Apparently many people think I will have a bolt in my neck like Frankenstein...)
So, things are good here and I am looking forward to my follow up exam in September and meeting with my neuro in October. Also, for those who it may interest, I do think my PCP is as excited about this as any of us. It's been really great dealing with her.
Can't wait to hear what they say in Bologna. Cheer, let us know if we should start a campaign to get you there - - emails, cards, etc.