It can be summed up in one word: uneventful.
Debbie is so nice and friendly and admired the baby, and of course occasionally it’s nice to get out of the house and off the new-mom hamster wheel.
But I can’t help but feel that these biannual visits are a waste of everyone’s time. If nothing changed then there’s nothing to report, from either side, so what am I doing there? We’re not friends, so it’s not a social visit. There’s nothing they’d see in an incredibly limited neurological exam that I wouldn’t already know about myself, so it’s not as if they’d be able to tell me something new. I basically show up, hand over my $10 copay, answer a few questions and chit-chat for 15 minutes, and I’m on my way for another 6 months.
Oh, and WHY am I still going every six months, you (and I) ask? Gee, I wish I knew. 4 1/2 years ago, when I first became a patient at that office, Dr. Rosenberg said that if everything continued to go so well, I could probably come just once per year. Well, I’ve done well—very well—one relapse in 5 years, complete functionality, a <1 on the EDSS—and yet I’m still asked to come every 6-7 months.
Debbie said maybe an MRI in December, before my next appointment; I advised about the breastfeeding issue so gadolinium contrast won’t be an option. She did say she fully supports breastfeeding for a year; we’ll see what Dr. Rosenberg himself says in December….Kira will be 10 months old by then so his opinion will be interesting.
Overall no news is always good news.