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    Looks like you're already done with this place again? :)

    I see you turn up, but no posty-posty. Even though you're pretty much my favourite TFF member :>

    Penny for your thoughts?
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    I post when there's something to post about. Sometimes there isn't.
    Right now I'm thinking I really don't want to go to work. And before that I need to walk the dog, so I have to get going :p
    Turambar
    Turambar
    Yeah.... I get that. I post therefore I am, or, quite possibly, the other way around. I sometimes fall victim to that trap. Still though. Going to work around midnight? I'd really not look forward to that either. Did anything change in your professional life? Can't remember these crazy times fro you....
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Midnight? You must have the wrong time zone. I wrote that message at 5:36 AM ;D I'm definitely more of an early bird than a night owl. My professional life looks more or less the same, I guess. I still work in the same book publishing house, and apart from that I translate and teach Norwegian. Only I don't travel to Oslo anymore. I teach through Skype now.
    Heyyyy. Shouldn't you be working or something?

    We've shacked up here and awaiting board games to arrive. Apparently, Anon can't get into his room?
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    I was working ;D I've managed to finish the translation, but it took some time. Has Anon's cousin locked him out or something? :>
    Hey HAPPY NEW YEARS!
    Lucky you for getting time off from work!
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Thank you! And have a great year! I was almost obliged to take time off to use up all those holiday days I had left for 2015 ;)
    Sparrow
    Sparrow
    You Europeans with all your time off... I'm jealous!
    I really like having New Years off to reflect on the past year... not working a 12 hour shift! Oh well, I'll stop complaining I guess as I have bills to pay.
    Keep up the good fight with your malady, time and science are on your side.
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Thanks! :)
    Wikipedia suggests it's Interferon Beta. I'm not too familiar with Beta (just alpha and gamma funny enough), but all interferons are strong immunomodulator. I would guess it mainly instructs the immune system to do other things than harm myelin cells - whatever they're called. Copaxone sounds like an amazing drug from a design perspective - albeit rather expensive. Here's to hoping that tool box will soon expand :)
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    I'll drink my nettle tea to that! ^^ Cheers!
    Well, you might actually belong to the first generation of patients who might see a partial or even complete cure. What's available these days? Immunodepressants? Some monoclonal antibody treatment? Anything else?
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    I'm taking betaferon (interferon) and if I'm correct it's an immunosuppressive drug. We actually produce interferon ourselves to fight inflammations - e.g. when we have the flu. I've had no attacks since I started the injections - and I had 7 relapses in 12 months before I began taking it - so it seems to help.
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    If interferon doesn't help there are other drugs like Copaxone and some other ones, but some of them give nasty secondary effects and all of them are quite expensive. There is quite a lot or research going on on MS and I'm really hopefull that they come up with something better at some point ;)
    Take pleasure in simple things, heh? I'm sure Mexico is not the best place to get a good diagnosis. It's not a disease I'm terribly familiar with, but am given to understand that life with MS isn't at all that impossible. Regardless, I am also acutely aware that that's not the end of the story going forward. So, yeah, when I wish you all the best in 2016, I will, for once mean every word of it ;)
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Oh, I was diagnosed in Poland - and it took many tests before they were confident enough to decide what I had. MS can be very different - depends on the patient. Not so long ago it basically meant that you'd soon end up in a wheelchair, but now we have better ways of slowing it down. Still no way to cure it, but people are working on that :)
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    And I wish you health - in 2016 and afterwards. With good health you can take care of earning money and happiness yourself ;D
    Wow, Oddy. That all sounds pretty serious - no wonder you were forced back to Poland. All problems are relative, and mine are pretty manageable compared to MS, I'd imagine. I really hope you keep doing well going forward. I'm sure it has been raining pledges of support, but I won't withhold mine. Yours when you need me.
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Thanks, Tur :) I've actually been sick for almost 5 years but only got diagnosed this year. I never knew it was so serious until I started having attacks every few weeks and became a regular at a Mexican hospital :p MS in not fun and complicates your life, but I'm still physically sound and it made me appreciate health more :)
    Weird year for me. I found myself without a job at the start of the year. And, after about half a year of misery and joblessness, just applied for the most menial administrative junk available, which suddenly landed me at the headquarters of a huge company which is mostly in the business of making paint.
    Of course, they kicked me out after about four months, having completed what I was hired for - which meant I found myself without work again.
    And, when I was just about to go really desperate of it all, and was convinced I'd spend the rest of my days between menial and meaningless jobs, that very same company hired me to do a serious job - this time in IT, setting up user profiles for their main database profile (SAP). Without a shred of experience in that particular field. Which I've been doing for about a month and a half now...
    So yeah... .weird year. Frustrating for the most part. But I'm fairly confident for the future all of the sudden.

    Back in Poland heh? Must be weird, I imagine. I hope you have been able to make a soft landing? I remember settling back in is much worse than leaving home in the first place. And what about your health? I'm sure this is not the place to discuss that sort of thing, but I really hope you're doing well.
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Wow, sounds like you went throught some stressfull months! I'm glad it's better now and I wish you good luck with the serious job :) I had no problems with getting my old job back and also starting a new one - I work in a publishing house, I teach Norwegian and I still translate. My health is pretty stable now - I have MS, but I give myself injections every other day and it helps to keep the attacks at bay :)
    Heya - I see you're online as well! How are you, Maria. How has 2015 treated you?
    Oddrun
    Oddrun
    Hello! I'm about to go to bed, so don't be surprised if I suddenly disappear - I'll be here tomorrow anyway ;D Oh, 2015 was a strange year. I had come back from Latin America last december (after three years) and I had to settle back in. It went quite well. I also managed to finally tame my crazy health, which has been out of control for some time ;) So, not a bad year, I guess. How has yours been?
    R
    I was looking through my "book of nice/special/appreciated things" a few days ago and I saw that I had taped in the postcards that I got from you and PK 4 years ago.. then I just saw a picture of you and a snake and it threw me off course because I always imagined you as a dude. It's a nice surprise :p
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