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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tecfidera - Days 8 and 9

Happy New Year!

This is my second day on full dose 240mg twice a day. I was really nervous about doubling my dosage, but I actually made a very smooth transition yesterday and felt absolutely no side effects or weirdness. So, I guess I am officially a Teccie (Teckie? Techie?). I had really hoped to write this installment on my new desk top computer, but as my husband and I were hooking everything up, I realized why I gave up my last desk top. For some reason our desk tops require a USB adapter in order to access the internet and I gave mine to my son when he received his birthday present this year. So, I suppose I need to make a visit to our local Radio Shack in order to use my new possession. The biggest reason I purchased was the deal I got. Just hope it doesn't back fire as so many deals are prone. I will still need to find a laptop after the school year is over, but if I am going to devote hours to writing, I need to move my computer time from the couch with my laptop to another room with my desk top. Eliminating all distractions is one of my new  year's resolutions.

(Whoa! News to me. I didn't realize that I had made resolutions until those words appeared on the screen: Isn't it interesting what happens when the fingers take over and there are no distractions?:)

Well, today is the first day of 2015. When I was my son's age, I never would have imagined being here in the year 2015. Wow! When I was his age, the year was 1973. Disco wasn't even hot yet! And now I am entertaining retirement. The years, they certainly do race along. In that case, here is another resolution: I refuse to waste a second of this life. Every day his a gift and I plan to open every one that I have left with appreciation and great joy. When I think of it this way, I know that I am ready for the next chapter in my life. And I embrace this new opportunity with excitement.

Want to know more about Tecfidera? Well, the flushing seems to have dissipated, for which I am extremely grateful, and after reading more about it all, I realize that I have also experienced a little nausea and diarrhea, but it has been so minute that I will not dwell on that. My guide book says "stomach problems tend to happen earlier in treatment and usually decreased over time." that's encouraging. And it's good to know that there is an ActiveNurse available at 1-800-456-2255.

That's really all that I have to say today. Along with being the day that my mother prepares cabbage rolls for dinner, this is a huge football day. At 4:00 FSU and Oregon play and later the Crimson Tide takes on Ohio State. Normally an Oregon Ducks fan I plan to cheer on FSU and, of course, the Tide. It would be very exciting to have two West Virginians coaching the teams playing in the National Championship. So, Let's go Florida and Roll, Tide, Roll!

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