Thanks for the kind wishes! I forgot that I was going to look my wife's schedule up and let you know where she stands in the treatments.
It really is hard to guess what is going on when you're in one of these double blind placebo clinical trials. Especially when the trial calls for mild MS participants and especially when the real treatment is so innocuous. All I can say with certainty is that my wife was diagnosed almost two years ago and has experienced no progression and no further relapses.
Does that mean that she's on the "real thing" and that it works? Or does that mean that her MS is VERY mild? I've considered it a lot, I've dwelled on it and I have no way of knowing what the real answer is.
If there is any "new" news in this situation, it involves some old news which I recently was reminded of. Before my wife started treatment, the trial people called here and were concerned whether or not my wife was alright because her baseline MRI for the trial showed a new enhancing lesion. If they hadn't told her, she wouldn't have known, but I think that's why her EDSS was 3.5 and I think that might be why it dropped to 1.0 after one treatment.
On one hand the above knowledge might make Tovaxin's effect (lowering of EDSS....IF she is on the "real thing") seem a little less dramatic, but on the other hand it might show that, without intervention, her MS is much more progressive than it seems. To my knowledge, she's had no more MRI action since she's been in the trial and my wife and I have had no reason to think that ANYTHING MS related is going on in her system.
As is always the case, time will be the ultimate judge.
Before Bush became President I was convinced that I wasn't smart enough for the job. Now it seems I'm overqualified!
I think I'd rather NOT
be Bush's replacement because that poor dear is going to be handed some HUGE messes to straighten up!
Sadly, yet again, there are no stand outs among the people who seek to be in the next Presidential election.
I have a hard time believing that the US population has expanded 10 fold, yet there isn't a Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln in the bunch and only Clintons and Bush's?