Thank you again so much, Ivy. I am settling in and feeling at peace. I think his extreme abruptness yesterday was brought on because I sought the (second) opinion of my older doctor. I only left my old doctor because the "new" doctor ran trials and I thought that might be to my advantage. It's not turned out that way, so I am returning to the care of my old doctor. They are both very good technically, it's just bedside manner separating them. The old doctor has a half dozen women (daughter/wife) in his life and is great at whatever I throw his way. The first time I met him I was out of my mind and pleading for steroids (long story for my memory books). He just helped me solve the immediate issue and laughed with me later about it.
In a way I am glad my "new" doctor was not pleasant. It makes it an easier choice! And, if I chose to try to take a break from Tysabri, he is supportive and actually gives an opinion instead of demanding a decision. After all, isn't a doctor there to guide us? I know I research a lot, but I don't want to be my own doctor!
In his support, I suppose he felt legally in a tough place. If the "old" doctor was reporting he felt I'd failed the med, then he could get in trouble for allowing me to continue. But, still... every patient is entitled to more than one opinion! In fact, at times, we would be unfair to our own care to not seek more than one opinion in serious matters.
Anyway, sorry so long. I just really appreciate that you guys "get it." Thanks again!