Saturday, July 26, 2008

i'm not a re re

Thanks Lauren! Lauren has been on Tysabri for 24 months!!

Here is a great video to explain the drug that I have had so much success with. I just think there are some key terms that need to be understood in order to fully grasp what it is that Tysabri does in my body.

Platelets are the cells circulating in the blood that are involved in the cellular mechanisms of primary hemostasis leading to the formation of blood clots.

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell in the vertebrate immune system. Most, but not all large granular lymphocytes are more commonly known as the natural killer cells (NK cells). The small lymphocytes are the T cells and B cells. Lymphocytes play an important and integral role in the body's defenses.

White blood cells, or leukocytes, are cells of the immune system defending the body against both infectious disease and foreign materials.
Also check these WIKI-links Cell Adhesion Molecules, Adhesion Molecule Inhibitors

So, give the video a watch if you are interested, and LEARN!
Today was great, my dad and I really worked our butts off this morning. Well, I got up at 6:45 and met my friend Matt for breakfast because he needed to talk and I am there for him. It went good, and by him trusting me and calling me, it does wonders for my spirit. Simply put...GOD IS GOOD!

But back to what my dad and I did today. We banged out the beginning of an amazing back yard treat, A FIRE PIT LUXURY HAVEN!This is the start of the job. I borrowed the truck from Pathway, and this is a shot from the back of it once we had our first load of mulch. In the back ground, you can see the fire pit surrounded by an island of small stones. All the black stuff is a matting that prevents weeds from growing up, but still allows water and air to get through to the roots of trees and all that good stuff.This is kind of a weak picture too because it just doesn't really do the fire pit area justice. Our back yard is really kicking now. LOVE IT!! As soon as the ummmmmmm fire holder thingy is made, we will be all set. What the heck is that thing called.....the fire ring maybe? I can not think of what the metal thing that holds logs while they are on fire is called for the life of me, but you know what i'm talking about. After I got done helping I showered up and went to school to get some study time in. I was so tired though I was nodding off the whole time. I believe I am going to sleep in tomorrow and fill my morning with study time, or maybe i'll go to early church. I dunno yet. LOVE YA READERS!!

Especially the Hands! My parents say hello. :-)

Also, I thought of a really cool metaphor when I was driving the church pick up from the church to my house. Okay, so I was coming up to a 4-way-stop and it's kind of a long story, but we;ll just say I pulled out when I wasn't suppose to. As the car to my left was going forward I did also, and because I am an experienced driver my foot reacted without hesitation. HIT THE BREAK and all negative actions were avoided. I thought, man, I wonder if you can train your spiritual self to react in that way. To control yourself so much, that you don't even consider SIN as an option. For example: If I see a pretty girl walk by with ample amounts of "chest" showing, I want to look away instantly. I don't want staring at her chest to even be an option in my mind. This is the level I want to be at, what I must strive for. What I do strive for.


Megan said...

God is wonderful! :)

Anonymous said...

You are a good kid. You have done a lot of growing up. Both physically and spiritually over the last couple of years. I am glad to call you my little bro. We all love you here at the Shepherd house. Talk to you real soon.

The Hands said...

It's all in the WALK, man. The more you know Christ, the more you walk like Him...the more you see the eyes/soul of a person instead of their body!
I see you becoming more like Him every day. Don't get discouraged.
Gal 2:20 I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.

Hi Pat and Diana!

The Hands said...

Ok, I just got done listening to the video. Wow, I hope you're taking cellular biology at college. That was pretty deep.
Question: So if this drug inhibits leukocyte activity in the brain, will it also inhibit leukocyte/platelet activity say when you have a cold/flu, or when you get cut?

Megan said...

i forgot to say that fire pit looks great! :) We have a fire pit!

Mikey said...

Angie, I memorized Galations 2:20 before I started getting into Young LIfe. Great verse. And as far as the leukocyte inhibitors, the simple answerer is NO the drug isn't suppose to. BUT, it was pulled off the shelves in 2004 because of some incidents. Well, people had gotten PML (Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy) which is an infection in the brain. So it isn't like it has never happened, and they actually died. But the numbers were small, and they had some other things going on that made them more at risk. But I have my liver tested regularly, and my body is reacting extremely well to this invasive drug. This is just so good because I was headed down a hill with my M/S that was getting to be a little un-nerving. They just don't know any of the long term side effects of the drug, and I am so young. bla bla bla My parents will see that you say hello, but will not respond, because they don't ever comment on my BLOG for some reason.