Thanks for the explanation, NHE.
In my year of studying, I had not read such a clear description of this process. It must be frustrating for the elders on ThisisMS to have to continually answer newbie questions. I appreciate your time and patience and repetition.
The real irony in all of this is that my husband is actually OK with his diagnosis, and is dealing with it. He's probably had MS for years, has had sleep, spasm and depression issues for all the time I've known him. It was the days in the hot tub spa last March that brought about his terrible flare, and lead to his official diagnosis. He truly had the "in hot water" diagnosis.
I think I need t take a break from worrying and obsessing about his illness. It's apparent to me that this is one thing I'm not going to be able to "fix." (Along with global warming, war, famine and the nation's deficit
I'm going to try and wean myself from this pursuit...and only post if I have something new to share.
all the best,
the aging cheerleader