Moscow calling – day four

Wow, Thursday already, the last day of my clinical tests. Just one to go this morning, a nuclear heart scan.

This is an unknown procedure to me but checking with the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute revealed all. It says:

A nuclear heart scan is a test that provides important information about the health of your heart.

For this test, a safe, radioactive substance called a tracer is injected into your bloodstream through a vein. The tracer travels to your heart and releases energy. Special cameras outside of your body detect the energy and use it to create pictures of your heart.

Nuclear heart scans are used for three main purposes:

  • To check how blood is flowing to the heart muscle;
  • To look for damaged heart muscle;
  • To see how well your heart pumps blood to your body.

So, now we know!

Almost time for American filmmaker Brandon Fowler to receive back his stem cells. He was one of three celebrating his stem cell birthday yesterday, October 12.

Almost time for American filmmaker Brandon Fowler to receive back his stem cells. He was one of three celebrating their stem cell birthday yesterday, October 12.

Talking of ‘knowing’, the moment of truth will arrive this afternoon when Dr Fedorenko will explain all the results and say whether or not I am suitable to have HSCT. Despite the doubt expressed in yesterday’s post, active lesions are NOT a prerequisite in Moscow, so that alone won’t go against me.

Now, it’s just a case of ‘wait and see’.

Three patients here had their stem cells returned to them yesterday and so, in accordance with tradition, everyone here got together to celebrate their ‘stem cell birthday’. Dr F led the proceedings, congratulated those involved and said that yesterday three more people were free of MS. It was quite a moving get-together in which I was delighted to take part.

In Moscow, the HSCT patients and staff at the AA Maximov centre become a family (no, that’s not too strong a word for it), into which I was warmly welcomed. Whatever happens this afternoon, whatever the outcome of my assessment, being a member of that family will stay with me forever.

new strap is the personal website of Ian Franks, who is Managing Editor (columns division) of BioNews Services. BioNews is owner of 50 disease-specific news and information websites – including MS News Today. Ian has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media. During that career he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain. Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.


2 thoughts on “Moscow calling – day four

  1. Thank you Ian for the comprehensive info on all the tests and your time in Moscow so far, it is so interesting, not to mention useful to all of us Msers out here. All the very very best to you, you are doing so well and I do pray everything goes as you hope. Sending positive thoughts your way 🙂


  2. Once you have successfully been treated, does that mean that you will no longer have MS instead you will just have symptoms. When asked would you say I have problems walking or would you say I have MS because it’s sometimes easier to say.
    It’s been interesting reading. Thank you.


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