Tinkering in Our Oasis
We were greeted this weekend with more beautiful weather! Couldn’t wait to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, beautiful sunshine and to see the progress my husband was making with our new oasis. His goal for the weekend: my work area and new flower bed.
I was so excited for this stage of construction. The flower beds are my favorite place to be. I’ve inherited this love from my dear mother! During this time of the year, if you can’t find me, you know where to look…out in the dirt somewhere and enjoy every moment! Simple pleasures of life, isn’t it?
Completely hydrated, sporting my BalanceWear vest to help me stay stable with controlled balance and my lovely hat…no fashion statements here, I was all set to get to work and enjoy my spanking brand new flower box. He also created a wonderful “tinkering” space complete with faucets and a bucket conveniently holding a hose, all right in front of the flower bed! Did I mention I was so excited?!? My husband knows exactly how to make me happy! A gift made with love. God has truly blessed me with this man!
Joyfully, I’m a planting and smiling away when I tried to get up. One more time now, you can do this! My smiles quickly disappeared and were replaced with frustration and impatience with myself. How quickly I forgot what HEAT often means while managing MS.
Heat completely changes the way our nerve impulses function. It may create a short-circuit if you will. You’ll feel fine one minute and without warning, it’s all over. I could hardly move. My legs were gone. I was not a happy camper at all! I wanted to enjoy the flower bed he created for me. My husband came to the rescue. He “dragged” my rag doll self out of the flower bed, taking me inside to the air-conditioning. My work in the garden was done for the day. Let the cool down begin!
So what was my take away here? Be smart! Do I manage my outdoor activities perfectly? Absolutely not. I tend to overdo things and have to remember to recognize my body’s limitation and pace myself. To work outdoors when it’s cooler, in the morning or as the even approaches. Make sure my husband is home to help me if needed. After all, I know he loves when I can provide his work out for the day !
Stay cool and make it a great day!
“Count Your Blessings”