Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I've decided to change my blog.  I've decided that complaining about how I feel about having ms or about my symptoms at the moment don't make me feel any better.  In fact, I think it makes me feel worse.  I've been having quite a pity party the past few nights.... sitting up reading blogs about people struggling with their ms and feeling terribly sorry for myself.  That's finished.

I haven't talked too much about my diet.  I follow quite a strict diet, which makes me feel like I have some control over this disease.  I eat gluten, dairy, egg, and legume free.  I also eat very low fat.  I have read the research and truly feel that this is the best choice for me.  I also take quite a few supplements specific to helping heal my ms.

As I've spoken about in past blogs, I feel that the mind has a huge effect on the healing powers of the body.  I am currently reading George Jelinek's book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis.  It has really inspired me to begin taking a close look at my emotional health and thought processes and their effects on my disease.  Dr. Jelinek feels that meditation is an important step in the healing process and as I have written in the past, this is something that I want to begin practicing daily.

So here it is.  My new blog.  I will report out on my food intake including daily menus (which I wish I had to look at when I was just starting out), supplements, and my progress with meditation and my new more positive attitude.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The ms roller-coaster....

It's been a few weeks since I've posted so here's an update.  I now (finally) have my Avonex shipments set up and am taking the full dose of Avonex each week.  I did miss almost a week due to insurance issues which changed my injection day from Friday to Wednesday.  This actually works out better because I don't feel like garbage for the weekend.  The night of my first full dose I had chills (it was 90 degrees and humid) and I'm sure I had a fever.  I did feel better by morning and was able to work with no issues except for being very tired.  This didn't happen last week so maybe it was a one-time deal and I'll have smoother sailing with it from now on.

I am feeling better these past few days.  I still have some mild numbness in my right hand and the numbness/tingling in my feel is almost gone.  My legs do get a mild tingling from the waist down.  This comes and goes.  I have more energy lately which is nice.

Only a few more days of school and I am out for summer vacation.  This worries me a bit because I am typically pretty active with my two kids and want to be able to do things with them this summer, too.  I'll just take it one day at a time....