The Importance of “Me” Time
It’s a crazy, busy life we lives today and the one thing I don’t always recognize is the importance of “me” time. The never-ending daily responsibilities tend to prevail: spouse, family, puppers, meals and activities. I love my life and wouldn’t change one thing.
Before my blog break, I did recognize the need for “me” time and throw my schedule into reverse. An opportunity to sort, regroup and take on the demanding schedule of appointments ahead. My MS was giving me all it had to give, literally consuming my thoughts and every ounce of energy available (in between naps mind you). 🙂
My gait was worsening. I became very conscious about venturing out and about and pacing my activities at home. I was getting better at knowing when to say when. Is that telling or what? Symptoms quite familiar to me – spasticity, balance and drop foot were ever-present.
I couldn’t help to think what is the Lord trying to tell me? What does He want for me to do? Once again I cried out, could we pick up the pace a little Lord and make your direction clear to me please?
Let the appointments begin. My MS Neuro discussed different DMD options we could try. I certainly was not in the midst of a relapse and have been doing well on my current DMD for many years. My MRIs of the brain and spine have remained unchanged. We listened, asked plenty of questions and left his office to return in one month to discuss further.
In the meantime, with mixed feelings, we went to order a scooter. That’s right, I’ll be running down the sidewalk with the cool breeze blowing through my hair – minus the peppermint patty! Smart reality allowing me the ability to get out and do what we love together.
Next stop, a visit to my physiatrist. He manages my spasticity with injections to specific nerves to lessen spasms. Depending on spasticity levels, he’ll use Phenol or Botox. Certainly not a painless procedure but well worth the outcome.
One tool that remains priceless for me is my balance vest. I can’t say enough about the confidence and security this vest provides for me (see previous posts on BalanceWear). I’ve become quite the fashionista sporting beautiful, altered pins from a gifted artist at our local farmers market.
As the journey continues, I’ve come to recognize and value the importance of taking “me” time to sort and process, to regroup and renew, allowing myself to be refreshed and ready to take on each and every day with confidence and a smile. Remembering, God’s not done with me yet!
Enjoy your day and make that difference in all you do!
“Count Your Blessings”