Five boys roll up to the Circle K on two motorbikes. I'd say the oldest is 10. Two of them are wearing dark glasses. I didn't notice whether they were driving or not. It's about 8 o'clock at night and it's raining lightly. Three more show up on another bike. They all gather at the table next to the door. Not one of the eight has a helmet, although they are all wearing hats. Because it's raining. Someone in the little warung next door is playing a guitar that is in dire need of tuning, as is his own heart-filled crooning. The air is filled with the scent of strange spices and the trill and rattle of Balinese slang. I look up from my little story and notice that there are a number of flies swimming in my coffee. Time to go home.
Having read that fluoxetine, aka prozac, may slow the progression of MS, I started taking it some days ago at a dosage of 20 mg per day. One cannot know, in the short term, whether it is slowing progression, but I did become immediately aware that it seems to have significantly quieted the ringing in my ears and also chased away the severe daily headaches - two unanticipated benefits. I also picked up some plain old ibuprofen, which seems to deal fairly well with milder headaches. So I'm feeling much more comfortable these days and able to function much better, rather than just sitting at home with an icepack on my head.
For a long time now, a lie has been circulated on the conspiracy theory sites to the effect that no Jews died in the attack on the WTC. The intent of the lie is to somehow implicate Israel in the attack. However, this is simply not true. One can easily discover the truth for oneself by simply looking it up online. In fact, more than 370 Jews died in the buildings. You can find their names, photographs and short biographies.
I have long been a supporter of President Obama and his policies in general, but I must say that I cannot support his approach to negotiations with Iran. I do agree that we should negotiate a deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program. In fact, I don't even see that the possession of a nuclear weapon by that country would be particularly meaningful, as it would not be useful to them in any practical sense, given that using such a weapon would only guarantee the total destruction of their own country. However, to even speak with a leadership that continues without apology to call for the annihilation of the Jews and refuses even to recognize Israel seems to me abhorrent in the extreme. Here is where the line must be drawn and never removed. We may say, 'Oh, it's only talk. ' I suppose that many said the same thing about the Nazis in the 1930s. It may be only talk - but it is talk that belongs on no one's lips in the 21st century.
And now for an MS update. My biggest problem recently has been a daily headache. Headache is too mild a term actually. It has been relentless and severe enough to make me fel nauseated and as if I am about to vomit. Aspirin is useless. Ibuprofen is useless. Antihistamines are useless. However, the good news is that I finally went to the neurologist last night and he has prescribed soemthing that may be effective. It's a mix of paracematol and diazepam and the first tablet has kept the headache pretty much at bay since this morning, although it it just now, at 5:30, returning to my left eye.
We also talked about Prozac and information I had recently read that it 'may' slow down MS progression. He was aware of this study as well, so gave me a prescription. We shall see what happens, if anything.
There is still nothing that has been very successful is stopping the ringing in my ears. I continue to take clonazepam when needed - which really only puts me to sleep at night, and only in that sense improves the problem of the ringing. The ringing itself is unpredictable. Can be very loud and then sometimes much quieter, for no rhyme or reason that I've been able to discover.
The doc has suggested, additionally, that I make a point of getting regular exercise - walking and swimming. I've begun to do so, since I have plenty of time and no reason not to.