Its the 4th of july. A day of fun, boomers, picnics, and pools
Mine was planned wonderfully. Pool therapy with my family, watching the parent vs kids swim meet, date with the bf and fireworks (my ultimate favorite).
MS had different plans.
At the pool I overheated. When this happens for people with ms, it slows down the nerve connections even more than usual, causing your symptoms to become worse and your body’s nervous system to shut down.
I spent my 4th in bed, sleeping, ice packing and, I’ll be honest, crying. (Crying is only weakness leaving the body).
As I hear the fireworks from a distance, I’m reminded how much of a fight this really is. MS fought hard today. But it didn’t win. I’m still alive. I’m well enough to type this. I took a shower.
And tomorrow, I’ll wake up and try again.
I’m an American. We fight for our rights and our freedom.
I will fight for Life, for liberty, and for the pursuit of happiness.
Dramatic maybe. But true.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of july!!!! Know all readers are on my “think of daily list”. Thank you.
While in rehab, my doctor described having MS (despite your specific symptoms caused by relapsed lesions) as such:
Everyone is given a tank of gas when they wake up in the morning. For most people, that tank of gas can be determined by how much sleep they got the night before, their diet, if they exercise…life decisions. The better decisions you make, the more gas you have. The more bad decisions you make, the less gas. But overall, a person can gauge their day and their gas.
With MS, you have no idea how much gas you have in your tank. You could have slept the suggested 8 hours, with your 30 minutes of exercises, 8 glass of water, with veggies and fruits. And your gauge is for 2 hours of gas. You just have no idea.
I thanked him for the prep talk. (:
But as the days go by, I realize the truth in his statement. Some days I have 2-4 hours of “gas”. Others, I have 6-7. It just depends, like everything else with MS.
Fortunately, today was a more 6-7 hours. In other words, I had lots of gas. Dont worry, it wasnt painful. (Sorry, I am immature sometimes. I have 4 younger brothers, Im currently living at home with them…it comes with the territory)
Here is all that I did today:
And now, I crash. Out of gas. I’ll probably pay for all this productivity and energy overload tomorrow but it was worth it.
I received some great amusement today from some lovely people! As always, it brought a HUGE smile to my face. Maybe this is why I had so much “gas” today. (: THANK YOU!
Tomorrow, being the 4th of July, I hope we all can appreciate the true FREEDOM of our country. Whatever your stance is, whatever “party” you associate yourself with, you have the right to fight for your freedom and your rights, even if that means against your own government. You, me, we, are still Americans. We are in this together. Let’s start acting like it?
That’s my “let freedom ring" statement of the day.
I hope you all have a fabulous day! I have a date with the batman tomorrow. NBD.