Personal Perspectives

Louise Adams Hess

It’s hard to believe more than two years have come and gone and our L-serine drug testing is coming to a close. We are anxiously awaiting the outcomes from our efforts. My effort seems trivial… taking the serine 3 times a day was not a problem (even though I don’t like the after taste and would prefer to take it in capsule form instead of the current powder that must be mixed with warm liquid to dissolve…hence the after taste!)

The 7 hour trips to Boston twice a year were sometimes hectic with traffic and storms but when we arrived we had a comfy hotel to rest ourselves prior to testing. The hotel is situated between the neurology offices and Massachusetts General Hospital (walking distance for those that could) where we had appointments for bloodwork and neurological workups. Once each year we had to stay a second day for more testing there and additional testing at the University of Massachusetts Hospital (UMASS) in Dr. Browns arena. These tests were rather unusual …sweat testing, tilt table testing and skin biopsies (that left its little pencil point size scar each time).

The best part of each visit was the

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Six Months Left

When I was asked to put together a quick article on my experience with the trial, I wasn’t really sure what to say. But I will give it a shot anyway. For the past 18 months, I have made numerous trips to Boston to participate in the two-year trial with the Serine supplement. I have become quite familiar with the process to get to and from the airport and the hospital on each end. The folks that are coordinating all of the Study do a great job getting all of our travel and visits scheduled out.

Since I have lived in Florida for the last eight years, going to Boston in November 2013 was a bit interesting. I had not experienced winter in seven years, and there were even some snow flurries to welcome my first visit. I don’t own a winter coat, so I am always the crazy looking person in the airport that isn’t dressed for the occasion.

The study itself is actually quite simple. I get to take this Serine supplement three times a day, that doesn’t really taste so great, but all in all a little bit of bad taste for the potential to stop or

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