MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis
As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Coughing Up A Lung

Coughing up a lung!
   Well not really!  But this is how I have been feeling for the past 3 weeks, YES 3 weeks. During the month of July! 
   It is no secret that when you have Multiple Sclerosis, any type of illness that comes your way will be magnified. No, it will not be just a simple cold at all.
    I already have daily visits from MS Fatigue but now it is accompanied by the exhaustion from the constant hacking. Do I dare to sleep at night? How can I when all I do is cough.
   Using Rx cough medicine (the really good stuff) helps me fall asleep, but not stay asleep. I always wake back up coughing. Take more cough medicine and try to sleep.
   Try to get out of bed in the morning after a night like this.
   Medicine head is the first thing that comes to mind. Ohh! that hot cup of tea goes down so well. Really seems to loosen things up. TMI? 
   Did I mention the dizziness and the ringing in my ears? Well let me tell you if you read the directions on your medicine bottle, you will find that it may cause dizziness. WHAT? I already have dizziness from my MS. Remember what I said earlier that your illness will be magnified? Well this is part of it.
    I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I am not coughing as much and I have been able to wean myself off the Rx cough medicine. Soon I will be back to my old MS self.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cherry Point NC

Cherry Point North Carolina
Cherry Point North Carolina

Our son is a Marine stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina

A tranquil and oh so quiet time to stroll the grounds. See the bunches of Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.
MCAS Cherry Point, NC

   Our marine son and his wife live in New Bern, NC.

   Yes my son is a strong kind of guy, but back when I was diagnosed with MS I tried to keep it from him to protect him. Like any mom I didn't want him to worry. He was a preteen and he had enough on his plate trying to figure out who he he was himself.

Watching these ducks guard their ducklings reminds me of how important it is to protect our young.

   When I told him about having Multiple Sclerosis he was quite angry with me for not sharing the diagnosis from the start. It is a mothers instinct to protect their young from hurt and pain. I new I was not going to die from MS, but I didn't know if he would understand that. 
   Now as an adult he understands my MS and how it affects my daily living. One day when he has children of his own he may understand why parents protect their young from hurt and pain.