Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
Trip End Aug 03, 2010

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Hi Friends.

It's way early here - like around 5 a.m. and we were out of the loop as the general routine of our 'community' has changed.  All is well, and I think we are in a 'come-down' stage.

Regarding Doc (who's still sleeping), he's having some pain (expected, and experienced as part of the recovery) and he also had a swim yesterday, discovering some of the kinks of the treatment - he'll probably share more about his recovery - but he was sorer yesterday than previous.  We did have a short outing yesterday afternoon - but it was after his workout, and Doc being Doc, he pushed pretty hard.

Combined with our party last night - and what an evening.   THIRTY-FOUR Canadians took over the restaurant and enjoyed lively conversation and connection for hours.  Most of us met only 5 days ago, but it was very reunion like.  The table was graced with a couple of small Canadian flags set in plants.  There were impromptu 'draws' for prizes (bizarrely, a fellow who traps in northern Alberta who's wife had the treatment brought a complete beaver pelt he cured - and did a draw with it - why he carried a pelt across the world was a curiosity for us all.  And I ALMOST won:~), but alas, I got the runner up prize - a family from V'cvr had brought a box of chocolate covered maple leaf candies (again, not sure why someone would carry this across the ocean:~).  Another woman brought several handmade soaps and names were drawn for those as well).  IT was quite the gala!  I wondered at times if every group that came here ended up with this kind of celebration and extraordinary contact - of if we were just so fortunate to have created such community during our stay. 

Email addys were circulated for various reasons of future social contact and networking for medical pushing.  At one point, Doc stood and made a toast for us all to reflect on.  Another fellow made a toast to the Canadian Government - for bringing us all together in Europe.  (At that moment I thought we were the only ones who weren't sponsored by government, then realized the irony in his toast:~).

Many, like us, are going into a three or four day slow-down now, in anticipation of returning to our respective provinces. 

SO that's what's happened for us over the past 24 or so.

I'm also now working on a mini-project to post here.  An incredible guy named Cory Ell (who is a teacher in Ottawa and a gifted musician, and my nephew :~) was inspired to write AND record a song and sent it to us!!  Really, really incredible and I'm attempting to use IMovie to make a video for posting.  He called the song "Before & After", and you can only imagine what this evoked for us. 

As you folks approach your Saturday night, we will be starting our Sunday, so I plan to work on it and hopefully it will greet you on your Sunday morning...

Thanks for continued communication!  Darryl - well spoken to the G & M.  I wasn't so diplomatic - I wrote a response to the columnist that suggested she is in the wrong line of work.  There are so many angles to this - and so many people can do so much without much effort to help propel this forward - I just can't figure out human nature around the same time, I've never understood the fascination with reality TV - how we as a society are 'entertained' by humiliating, embarrassing and bringing to tears, people - - - as a form of entertainment. 

Hoping more have some sort of awakening and become part of the solution - instead of complicating the problem.

So have a great evening all and here's hoping I can finish the video as a wake up gift to you all (tomorrow morning).

all love.


The picture attached is Doc at the close of the evening last nite - a woman snapped the moment of triumph (he was the last one of 34 to receive his supper - but so many different captions could be put underneath:~)
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Mike Campbell on

Hey Kim,

Keep up the good work, my friend. The Globe and Mail article annoyed me - for a variety of reasons - and I'll post something on their site if they haven't closed it for comments... Your documentation of this brilliant adventure will go a long way to convincing the bullheaded and the plain stupid that we should, as a country, at least be studying this procedure.

Doc has his head screwed on as straight as anyone I've ever met and I know he's hedging his enthusiasm for all the reasons the nay-sayers do. But I loved his comment that even if it doesn't, in the end, work out, he's thankful for the few days of immediate improvement he experienced. I'm guessing it will just get better for him and we all know he's the best ambassador there is for the MS community because there isn't a BS bone in his body.

I was very surprised to learn that the MS society isn't fully on board supporting an initiative to champion the pioneering of the procedure in Canada - or at least the screening of MS sufferers for the blockage the operation alleviates.

Thanks for taking such good care of the precious cargo and I look forward to hearing as much as you've got time to impart. Can't wait for the dispatches from Amsterdam, hahaha...

Rob Middleton on

So happy for you guys...and my own emotional well being. Campbell clued me into this a half hour ago and I've been running a roller coaster reading your entries from start to finish. I'm a near wreck with a big smile on his face. stupid a thing as this is to say...this adventure is so friggin' Doc...which also means it's far from over. Somewhere along the line there's gonna be an entry about police, vast quantities and midgets...but maybe not in that order...perhaps when you get over here (where I can at least guarantee the assistance of da little people) or when you hit the wingnuts new annual with the lovely Mike.
Love to all of you...always.

Rob and Sandra on

Kim/Mark: Never had chance to say good bye before you left. Great to see another couple pioneers here in Bulgaria from Regina. Miss our Sakatchewan. You missed it yesterday (Sat). A guy from Saskatoon who just got released from his Liberation treatment was sitting at our hotel (Greenville) wearing Riders Green Jersey because -as he reminded us - it was a game day back home.
Good luck and maybe we'll see you back in Regina. Sandra is slowly improving from her ccsvi treatment. Wish you improvement as well.

markdoch on

Middelton, welcome to the party! What took you so long... and please don't mock my love of the same shirt... I resemble that comment!

markdoch on

Hi Rob and Sandra!! What an adventure! Great meeting you two. It was a little bit of an adjustment trying to look at modest changes and balance with reality... you know...Take care Sandra and Rob can I have a ticket mullagan?

Rob on

Sorry Mark....I'm an office guy now (have not written a ticket in many yrs). Hope you see continued improvements. Sandra's are ever so small but there nonetheless and we hold out for more as the body rests/adjusts.

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