MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

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

Friday, September 28, 2012

Now I lay me down to sleep...


 


   Remembering the good old days when I could just lay my head down and fall asleep. Those days are in the past. My Westie, Lundy, has no problem when it comes to sleeping. Even when he naps most of the day away, he still has no trouble falling asleep. 
   When MS Fatigue takes over it is hard for me to relax enough and fall asleep. I like to concentrate on my breathing to help me relax. This works to clear the clutter in my head that has a tendency to take over. I focus on slowly breathing in, to fill my lungs, and slowly exhale. I repeat this trying to keep my mind and thoughts free of images. Just concentrate on your breathing and you will be amazed how relaxed you become. This takes time and practice but the results are amazing, take it from me!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Avonex


Avonex The Morning After

   I have Multiple Sclerosis MS and have been using Avonex for over 10 yrs. My night for the Intramuscular IM Injection is Thursday. I have been on this schedule from the start. Some mornings (1:00 am – 8:00 am) after the injection are uneventful, but other mornings are sometimes the ultimate flu like symptoms. Really bad headache, muscle aches, tossing and turning in bed, can’t sleep and even my ears hurt. These symptoms can last all day or subside by Noon. I never know what the Morning After Avonex will bring me.
   While I experience these symptoms I wonder why I put my body through these weekly injections? My answer to this is: Although the symptoms of an Avonex injection seem unbearable, it is manageable. Having Avonex slow the progression of MS, to me, is worth a few hours of being uncomfortable.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Feet

"I just put my feet in the air and move them around".  Fred Astaire


   Yes my feet are Happy Feet when each foot seems to have a mind of its own. How is this possible you ask? Well MS Righty likes being a lightweight. Easy going and happy to be instep. Then there is MS Lefty who is a heavyweight. MS Lefty does not like to stay instep. Often dragging along and tripping up along the way
  MS Lefty is the trouble maker. Recently MS Lefty, with a mind of her own, decided not to stay instep with MS Righty causing me to tumble down the stairs. Well MS Lefty was injured and out of commission for a day.
   This past summer MS Lefty and Righty visited the ocean beaches of Georgia and enjoyed the happy occasion while walking and  digging toes into the wet sand as cool ocean water lapped at the ankles.
   Just like Fred Astaire's quote, my feet are their happiest when put in the air and just wiggled around. 


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My walking partner!


   
                  


   Lundy is his name, my sweet, adorable Westie. He was born April 5, 1996 to a breeder in Ohio. We adopted him when he was 7 months old. He was a frightened little guy being taken from the only home he new. Lundy was not a barker. I mean he really did not bark for about a week. Does he know how to bark we wondered? Oh yes we did find out he knew how to bark. Still he wasn’t that loud.
   Little did I know that Lundy would be my walking partner. Walking is such good exercise for me because of my MS. Lundy is always a willing walking partner. He has learned over time to walk with me and not pull me. We are so good together.
   Lundy’s favorite past time is chasing those darn squirrels. They tease him constantly. He is fun to watch chasing them and trying to run up the tree behind them.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Pains of MS and Midlife


The Pains of MS and Midlife

  
   Nothing is more challenging to me than to wake up in the morning with a new pain related to the MS I have had since being diagnosed in 1997. This new challenge could be temporary or it can live on for days. I am now in my mid 50’s and also have become aware of the ‘Normal’ changes that ones body goes through at this age. I think this is an unfair ‘double whammy’.


    
   Let me start with balance. I am not in a wheelchair or use a cane but sometimes I feel that is where I should be. When I am in my own home I know where everything is so I am in control. Out in public this is a different story. I need to keep turning my head to watch where I am stepping and the movement of my head going up and down and side to side puts a spin into my walking.
   Using stairs is another obstacle in my life. I know now that in my 50’s I will never take two steps at a time, unless I fall down them. I recently had the pleasure of doing this stunt and received many bumps and bruises. BUT I AM OK! My feet feel like cement blocks with buzzing and tingling in my legs. I definitely have to keep my hands on the railings for balance as I slowly lift those cement blocks up or down each stair. I am by no means a fast stair climber or a stair descender.
   My life is now a lot of Throbbing, Burning Shooting Pain. Is it MS or just plain Midlife?

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