Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Beach

As anyone who follows my life along knows, I life in heaven... what I mean by that is- I live where it gets cold three maybe four days a year. Today, low 80's maybe a couple clouds. Super nice breeze. HEAVEN! BUT it also gets HOT, and when I say HOT I mean the hot where they tell you not to leave your house hot.
Today, was not that day. I enjoyed waking up to the sunrise (the second day in a row), and then while the breeze was still cool, enjoyed a nice walk.
I am still good for those. I got to thinking as someone kept cutting in front of me, why are people so rude? I mean, I understand that people have places to go, but does everyone need to be rude?
I don't know, but I do know that I enjoyed my walk, I enjoyed the breeze, and I really enjoyed my company.

I may struggle day-to-day with symptoms here and there... but today- behind the scenes... this MS Chick enjoyed a GREAT DAY!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cold, Flu, MS?

Leg pain, fever, headache (like a migraine), sinus pain, hit by a truck feel, fatigue like no one's business! CHECK< CHECK< CHECK< CHECK< CHECK < CHECK! MAN!
As a person who suffers migraines and takes daily medication for everything listed (other than the truck feeling) each issue on its own could be diagnosed as just another issue associated with living with MS- doesn't that just stink- OR my migraines (even better). But this is flu season, so to add to the mystery of it all, and complicate matters we add in the fever. Now looking at any of your average medications to treat MS you find side affects- Fever, chills "flu like symptoms". SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!! This is NOT helping!
My NORMAL feeling (HA, I said "NORMAL") is NOT FLU, so I use that as a barometer. I figure that makes sense. (Ha, did you see that- I said "sense"). I figured if out of months of taking the same medications I didn't have my husband inform me I felt "warm" and I didn't feel like the mac truck ran over me, backed up and ran over me again... we were pointing in a different direction. Medical degree not included. But just to be on the safe side I figured I would contact those people that studied to obtain one.
The call that TOTALLY cracked me up! So I call my primary doctor, and remind them I have MS (you know a decease where my immune system fights itself cause it doesn't know any better and GOD FORBID I get around sick people), they tell me they are completely booked, have nothing, but recommend I go to the walk-in clinic- that is where they are sending everyone that thinks they may have the flu. Ah STOP! So I may or may not be sick, BUT I am going to go to a clinic where a bunch of people are pretty sure they are sick? Somewhere, I think I am missing the point... Yes... I want help, but not at the cost of becoming even sicker from people I am sure are taking every precaution of remaining sanitary. (YEAH RIGHT!) I instantly had visions of people in a waiting room coughing and hacking on magazines and wiping there noses and reaching across me while trying to grab a copy of "Time"... No! WebMD works just as well. Grant it all things eventually lead to cancer or death of you "click" enough things but I was willing to take that risk. I know enough to know, keep my hands clean (ah duh, really), drink lots of fluids (good thing my husband keeps enough wine in the house- I mean Gatorade of course- and I drink water on my own), and eat healthy (by healthy a supreme pizza should count because it has all the food groups right?- yeah yeah I got it). And rest- (you are talking to the queen of rest- unless there is a really good football game is on and then all best are off- food sort of goes out the window too- sorry!). 
BUT seriously, I KNOW the difference between- CRAP my nose is running away (need more decongestant), mac truck (Thera Flu warranted!) and MS (got MEDS!).
The big thing is KNOW the signs, KNOW your body, and for goodness sake- STAY AWAY from people! Get REST, even when you think you are superwoman (or man), the pillow is a wonderful healer...

Because after all...
Behind the scenes of MS...
Lives a GIRL who chooses to LIVE HER LIFE!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I have been so proud of myself for not getting sick. I wasn't bragging, let's set the record straight, I was proud of what I was doing to remain healthy. But alas it just goes to show all the precautions in the world can't protect you. What a bummer. The worst part is while there are those around me that love on me and want to see me get better, many just want their normal expectations fulfilled. So while I fall into a fatigue sickness black hole, don't worry my mind is working overtime to answer life's issues. After all, I might have MS but I'm still a superhero!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Who would you donate $100 to? That was the question my youngest daughter's school poses to them each year for an essay question. While most head straight towards breast cancer- that one is easy, just about everyone knows someone that has been affected and or lost someone. Some tackle rare deceases closer to home. Some want to support the troops- ALWAYS HONORABLE!
I got home late last night from school (my quest for world domination- okay maybe not that- I'll "settle" for my Masters) at 10:30 pm after a LONG full day at work. My kids were all in bed - normal, even during a break- have I ever mentioned I've got GREAT kids- I do! As I walked through the door, sticking out was a notepad on my office (Thirty-One Company) desk. I picked it up to see what it was figuring it was a "Dear Mom, went through the new catalog- it's awesome- again- January 4th I want..."
Instead, I found what was inside my 10 year-old's heart...
Her essay contained nothing but love for me, a little fear that she may someday be diagnosed with a disease that has no cure, and hope that her $100 donation to the National MS Society would continue to help provide the valuable time she has with me.
Powerful words from someone so young... so while I have no idea what the outcome will be for the actual contest. I do know she continues to win my heart over...