Ransom-ware – Cryptowall – BEWARE

CryptoRansomThis malware is nasty and has been around for years.  #NBC finally did a story on it you can find here.

There is nothing you can do after you’ve been hit to retrieve your Encrypted Files except PAY to get the unlock key.  OR don’t and lose your files, unless you have a backup and are willing to format your machine, re-installing everything!

Please protect your machine with a good AV software as well as a Real-Time Anti-Malware software, backup your files and have a good IT professional on speed Dial!

This is real and I have witnessed others crushed by this malware.

 

JCV Test

121914-JCVTest – Negative again!  Tysabri continues!

Although my index went from .07 to .11 – its not a huge jump and still negative.  We still don’t know if the Titer Index value plays a huge role or not.  Some Dr’s seem to think so.

My 58th Tysabri infusion is scheduled for 1/16.   That makes 4.5 years (58 divide by 13 infusions per year) on Tysabri.

I will have my MRI (its been about 2 years) in the next 2 weeks to check for lesion / Brain/Spine changes.  HATE the MRI!

 

Tools of the MS Trade – Part Deux – Making life easier

Growing up i was Rt hand dominant, however I Golfed lefty and batted lefty (it also gave me an extra step closer to 1st base 🙂 ). My Father said if i ever wanted to get last years clubs handed down, I’d switch and learn Righty; which I did. That was many moons ago (8yrs old and up) and well before MS Dx with optic Neuritis in 2008 at the age of 39. In the past 6 years my Rt side foot drop and Rt hand/arm Neuropathy along with Frozen Shoulder has plagued me — well, like the plague.

I use several tricks to “keep moving” and work smarter, not harder.
1. Massage Therapy (she spends a good 30 minutes on my hand, arm and shoulder alone).
2. I use a “signature stamp” from Vistaprint to sign/stamp checks and other documents where a stamp is appropriate.
3. I use a UBE (upper body Exerciser) – like a small bicycle wheel with pedals for my hands, arm and shoulder.
4. Tricep pressdowns & lat pulldowns with a velcro cuff that has a hook on it and very light weights.
5. Cable rope pulley on my door to stretch the arm.
6. I am constantly stretching my hand and fingers backwards to keep them out of the “death grip”
7. i wear a compression glove at night and a hand splint a couple nights a week that keeps my hand and fingers/thumb in a open slightly arced position.
8. I use a “Handshoe” mouse which i can move but i still have to left and right click by pushing my right fingers with my left hand’s fingers. I also have bluetooth trackpads for my Mac and Windows machines that i use with my left hand.
9. other tools i use can also be found on my blog 🙂

Hope this is somewhat helpful. I can link you to the actual products that can all be found on Amazon if you would like.

Tools of the Trade – Making life with MS easier – Part 1

Many of my friends know how into technology and home automation I am.  I really enjoy fixing things.  I always have.  I can remember early on in life fixing things around the house.  My technology crippled parents would be amazed when things like the toaster oven or microwave were working again after I fixed them.  Or the time I ended up converting all of the hard-wired rotary phones in the house to modular jacks and touch tone.  I ended up saving them $$ on their leased phones – you know the real heavy ones with the loud hammer bells?  I also used to get hand held video games and take them apart to see what made them tick and then put them back together again.  Sometimes a screw or part might have been missed so i’d do it all over again.  I LOVED IT.

My wife asked me to fix her towel rack the other day and I was worried I’d have to call someone and pay them as this would be something I could do no problem.  But MS has taken away a lot of skills from my right hand and arm so much that I so gladly would give just about anything to have back.  It sometimes brings me to anger or tears the things I can no longer do that I loved so much.  Well I’ll be damned, I actually did fix the towel rack for her.  It might have taken me a couple minutes longer and I invented new ways of doing it or holding and propping things up but it made me feel worthy again.  I even had the energy to put all the tools away and clean up afterwards.

“Tools” were then and even now a very important part of how we can get things done.  I’d like to share with you some things that I use to try to make my life with MS a little easier.

Neato Robotic Vacuum!  Does a better job than the cleaning lady!  Cool patterns too!  http://www.neatorobotics.com/

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Grabber Tool.  Why bend over if you dont have to?  Unger 92134 36-Inch Nifty Nabber Pick-Up Tool with Aluminum Handle

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NEST – Thermostat – www.nest.com – Control your heating and cooling right from the web or your smartphone!

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I will post more tools of my trade that make MS life much easier in my next post.  To be continued…Part 2!

Technology blurbs laced with my battle against Multiple Sclerosis and journey to a healthier lifestyle