Chris had a week full of appointments this last week.
|Chris today vs. Chris in January. This would have been the difference|
Dr. Atkins would have seen today.
We also learned about a post-transplant study that Chris will start taking part in. In 2010, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada funded a research grant for "Long Term Outcomes Following Immunoablative Therapy and Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for Poor Prognosis MS." This study will follow any MS patients that have undergone a transplant to see if this transplant stops the progression of MS in the long term.
To date, all of the participants in the study have not progressed. Also, they want to see if any of the participants have improved EDSS scores. This is the system that is used to determine the level of disability with MS patients. This means that starting in June Chris will go in for a number of tests and an MRI to track his MS. The test includes a timed walking test, a math test, a vision test, a peg test (you need to place plastic pegs in holes) and, of course blood tests!
While Chris has never had a formal EDSS evaluation, but his neurologist did say he was about a 3.5 on a scale of 10. To give perspective on what that number means, a person with a 5 on scale is able to walk 200 meters without aid or rest, a person with a 7 is completely restricted to a wheelchair , a person with a 9 is completely restricted to a bed, but is able to eat and talk.
There are people that have undergone the transplant that have improved substantially on the EDSS scale, sometimes going all the way down to 0.5, which means while there are still signs on the MRI scan there are no disabilities present.
We will now be using the blog to update you on Chris' progress, so hopefully the next time we blog in June, we will be able to tell you if Chris is improving!