WOW, this is indeed a strange time for you and your family. Kinda like being a prisoner for 20 years and being told new DNA evidence has proven you are innocent and free to leave the cell. My thoughts are with you as you wait for further clarification.
I've written about the pineal gland on the boards a little, since it's the center of our melatonin production- sleep/wake cycles and sunshine conversion to vit. D is out of whack in many MSers. The pineal gland is usually smaller and dried out in Msers at autopsy. Lots of folks have cysts on the pineal gland, only found in autopsy. Usually is completely benign.
The new criterion is very specific...I wonder how many of the folks on the board would still qualify as MS? My husband would, even though he's had only one flare- he has the required number of lesions in brain and spinal column.
Now, your doc and humor. Made me think of the movie, "What the bleep do we know." There was a segment on humor and healing. A cancer patient claiming she cured herself by laughing at funny movies and by finding joy in her life. Perhaps this was just a suggestion to lighten up and find some fun. (not easy, I'm sure, but what the heck, it's easier than the needles.)
so I guess this means, Have a Merry, Merry Christmas....and keep us posted!