I just got off the phone with my neurologist, and he confirmed the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I had elevation in all three markers for the disease in my spinal fluid. I have a referral to the Harvard MS Clinic at the Brigham in Boston where I'll go for a second opinion. I'm not likely to get in there for months though so until then I'll be doing three days of Solu-Medrol infusions at the hospital, starting tomorrow. Starting Friday I'll be doing daily injections of Copoxone, one of the disease modifying drugs. Some people have really amazing luck with Copoxone, and 10% of folks don't have another relapse of MS for more than five years, so keep your fingers crossed that I'm one of those people. Hazel will be in Kindegarten!
And, since babies don't wait for these stupid grown-up problems to pass before they carry on with their lives, Hazel cut her first tooth today. And what a fine tooth it is! Beautifulandperfect, just like her.