Hello Again

The Chasing Hope manuscript is in the hands of my publisher. (Blue Rider Press, Penguin Random House).   I await word from my editor, suggesting I descend into editing hell and brace myself. How deep and hot it will be down there is anyone’s guess. It certainly cannot be worse than the writing.

I take note every day of the effects of pressure and anxiety on my health. It is as if I could write the script. I do not need to enumerate the manifestations. I will say that weakness and fatigue have become constant companions. I could give up writing books, go to the beach and drink pino coladas, though I suspect a negative cash flow would follow.

I checked out the blog this morning. It seems more messed up than ever. I have a week of downtime. I am determined to get the blog up and running smoothly. If there are any readers left, perhaps resurrection is possible. I hope all of you are alive and well.

23 Responses to Hello Again

  1. Brian L. February 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Alive and well, yes. Of course using the term “well” quite loosely. Glad to hear the whole book adventure is moving along and looking forward to the resurrection of the blog. We’ll always be here!

  2. megan February 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Glad to have you back!

  3. Ken February 8, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Also glad your back !

  4. djn February 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Been watching for your updated posts.
    Yep, you still have us fellow ms’ers reading your blog.
    Where else can we find the understanding we all share.
    Make mine a frozen margarita on that beach!


  5. Rosanne February 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Good to see you…..welcome back.

  6. Candace February 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    You’re my favorite non-fiction writer so I am eagerly anticipating the release of your book. I want to know how I can get a signed copy.

  7. Dale February 9, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    You can’t get rid of us that easily…. of course we’re here. Groupies do that. Things are out of your hands for a while, get your spirits back and keep us posted.

  8. Jane February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Good job, Richard. I’m so glad you’re back.

  9. Pat Harper February 9, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Yep, still here.

  10. Jan February 10, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    Alive, yes. Not too well health-wise, but overall positive, despite a rather incredible 2016.

    A positive attitude still rules!

  11. Jana February 11, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Happy you are back!

  12. Jan February 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

    Any firsthand experiences with Gralise?

    Could not tolerate Gabapentin/Neurontin at year 5; at year 12 now and with much nastier nerve damage pain and walking issues, so am trying it. Never any MS meds. Now at evening five and am ready to throw in the towel, as feet still hurt the same and side effects ugly. Was hoping to give it two weeks, but I may not. I sometimes use prescription Lidocaine patches on my feet at night and like them.

    Any experiences with Gralise?

    Will try gait therapy but insure I want to be patient with meds.

  13. Jan February 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    Phone typo

  14. grandma February 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Yay! So glad you’re back!

  15. Jan February 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Well I guess you can ignore my question… I nixed it after five evenings… as hard as the challenges are, they are worse with meds.

  16. Jenny February 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Still here…hoping! Welcome back! 🙂

  17. Dale February 13, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    Awww sorry Jan…. I actually got some lidocaine patches when I pulled a muscle a while back. Worked wonders. What do they do on your feet? Just stop the nerve pain?

    • Jan February 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Dale… I use the Lidocaine patches sporadically on the tops of my feet before going to sleep. I get an Rx for Lidoderm 5% patches (this box says “QualiTest”), and they can cool down the nerve pain — it’s always there, just in varying degrees. I sometimes cut them in half. Saw a commercial for an OTC (over-the-counter) brand, but they are likely overall pricier.

      And distraction works wonders — When I write or focus on others, the pain isn’t as noticeable. Just got my third HubSpot certification — They take time, but I’m not one to give up.

      Next try, again: reducing sugar, cutting out grains, yoga. Will try some “gait therapy” from my neurologist, as I think that could help. If nothing else, the food things I like, and they keep me a size 8. But forget it today — It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’ve eaten my share of chocolate and made my signature Bavarian Apple Torte for dinner. Yum.

  18. steve rubin February 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Working on a project that was so easy years ago has now become a nightmare to complete. You make me feel bad for people. With that said, you make me laugh at myself as I relate to you. I enjoy your blog.

  19. Shelley Firth February 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am reading your book Blindsighted after finding you when looking up info about blood test for MS in Australia from a friend there. I watched a Fox News interview with you online. Good words that speak to me. I have had MS about as long as you when you wrote your first book.

  20. Michele Penz February 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Richard. I am a faithful and enthusiastic reader of your blog and have no intention of wavering. I especially appreciated the most recent post which seems to address the physical impact of work — something we have to do despite being sick. A tough challenge that becomes harder over time.

  21. Betty February 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Alive might be a relative term. Glad to see you back among the bloggers Richard. Hope everyone out there is doing well. I’ll check back in with The Journey in a few days.

  22. Sue in TX February 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    Richard, So glad Chasing Hope is in your publisher’s hands… Can’t wait to read it! With regard to pina coladas on the beach, I had almost the exact same thought the other day after having a very difficult day at work and hourly spitting in the eye of MS. I suspended my disbelief for a moment and googled long term studio rentals in the US Virgin Islands and permit requirements to own a slushy stand. I got so caught up in my fantasy, I forgot (for JUST a minute) that I have two young kids, a husband, a mortgage, and a dog. Day-dreaming is an easy cheap escape. But of course, when your book hits #1 on NY Best Seller, maybe you could consider treating some of us blog friends to a pina colada down the cape?!?!?! 😉