The past couple of weeks…

The past couple of weeks…

Sorry I have been quiet for so long. But, I have been going through a lot. The pain level has been crazy, but I can deal with that. The thing I can’t deal with is the foggy brain. I have always hated feeling like I am out of control and that is how I have been feeling the past couple of weeks. I could not concentrate on anything. I tried writing something a few times, but I could never get my jumbled thoughts down on paper, if you will. But I am feeling much better today so I thought I would catch everyone up.

The biggest news from the world of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is that they may have found an effective vaccine for MS. When tested with mice, the vaccine stopped progression, while the mice that were given a placebo kept progressing at the same rate as they were before the injection. The new vaccine uses Messenger RNA (mRNA) just like the vaccines that were developed for the COVID virus.

Essentially, the mRNA gives the bodies genes instructions of how to fight a virus. Or in the case of MS, BioNTech revealed it had encoded MS-specific autoantigens that effectively combated the condition when administered via shot to mice. An autoantigen is usually a normal protein or complex of proteins (and sometimes DNA or RNA) that is recognized by the immune system of patients suffering from a specific autoimmune disease.

There is no word on if this will actually “heal” and reverse the symptoms of the disease.

Medicare and you

I was also having a discussion with someone about Medicare. I am disabled, since about 2014, and I have Medicare. The people were talking about how Medicare only covered 80% and I agreed that they were correct in that. However, I have a Medicare supplement plan. I think this is where a lot of confusion comes in to play.

My supplement doesn’t cost me anything, most of my medications are under $5, except for my Tecfidera which is outrageously expensive, visits to my Primary Care Provider (PCP) are nothing out of pocket and even my specialist is only $15. So there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about Medicare supplements out there. I always recommend that people take just a few minutes to visit Medicare.gov to check out what is available in their area. You would be surprised at what some of the plans cover and how much you have to pay out of pocket.

That is it for now. I hope that everyone has a wonderful, pain free day!
AdmimJim

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