It is amazing how much we (or at least, I) rely on the internet. My husband and I lost internet on Thursday and it was out all weekend. Luckily our Blackberry's have internet; unfortunately, however, the Blackberry really isn't set up for internet usage the way I would like it to be. While I can do some things on the internet on my phone, there are a number of things that I cannot do, like post on this blog. That was frustrating because I had been doing so well about posting daily. My perfect record has been lost, but that is alright.
I had quite a few things that I wanted to do over the weekend and then I realized that most of them required the internet in some way, shape or form. How sad that I am so dependent on the internet.
Had a frustrating experience with my pharmacy today - I have not been very happy with them since switching over in November. I don't really want to talk about it right now, but maybe tomorrow I will indulge you in the excitingly boring tale.
So, thanks to my sister, I have been reading a lot about Chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI). It is, essentially, the compromised flow of blood in the veins draining the central nervous system. There is a controversial hypothesis that links CCSVI to MS. A doctor in Italy claims that people with MS tend to also have an abnormality in blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord. He suggests that a procedure that inserts a stent or balloon, widening the vein in the cervical spine region, is, in large part, a "cure" for MS. There are some doctors in NY who are now offering this procedure and thousands of people have flocked to NY to get the procedure. The outcome of the controversial procedure is touted as a "miracle" by some and a myth by others. For more information, read these articles:
Studies and Background on CCSVI and Multiple Sclerosis
Studies in 2011 Could Decide MS Theory's Validity
From MS Patients, Outcry for Unproved Treatment
Zivadinov proves Zamboni’s “CCSVI” does not exist
Doctor Challenges Cause Of MS And Treatment
UPDATE: CCSVI: Pursuing Promising Avenues in MS Treatment and Research
Let me know what you think and if you know of any other information available about CCSVI. It sounds promising in some accounts and not-so-promising in others. I am curious for my readers' input. Hope you are well!