It’s been a rather busy few weeks in our neck of the woods. The continual rain has subsided allowing the many benefits only mother nature can bring this time of the year. The birds are chirping and nesting, the flowers begin to bloom and yes, our defiant groundhog made her grand appearance from her sleepy slumber! As for me, I continue to unravel the “Now What’s” from my recent flare.
Have you ever come to a new and scary time in your life? Were you able to make the necessary changes to adapt to your “Now What’s?” I’m actually pretty surprised at how well my transition here at home is going. I’m beginning to recognize and embrace my current challenges, tools, and to dos God has set before me.
My Definite Tools ~
Shower Chair: This simple tool provides me the opportunity to shower while not worrying about falling and most importantly, conserving energy.
“Winnie” Walker: My new-found friend replacing my cane, for now! This compact, 3-wheeled rollator, complete with a basket, allows me the ability to maneuver around our home and out and about safely. I quickly recognized I wasn’t as fatigued! Bonus!
Scooter: This four-wheeled gem, complete with horn, allows me to enjoy activities when walking longer distances. This wasn’t the easiest mode of transportation to accept! Initially, I needed the security of my sunglasses before I would considering using the scooter in public, otherwise, no way was this happening! I couldn’t handle the stares. Now, it just doesn’t matter. I needed my scooter. I’m able to have an option that allows me to do what I love, quality of life, isn’t it? Finally, I ditched my sunglasses! I simply share a smile, say hello, and keep motoring along. As my hubby put it, “the scooter allows us to do what we enjoy, like walking in the park with our puppers, together!” Love this man!
My Definite To Dos ~
PT: Outpatient and at home. No doubt, in an effort to regain optimal strength, balance and endurance again, I need to be disciplined with daily rehab to see what progress can be made. I have outpatient PT twice a week while following an at home daily schedule. My BalanceWear Vest received its tune up, adjusting weight location for my current needs. I ‘ll share soon about new tools they are trying too!
Diet: As things begin to settle down, it’s time to start the Wahls Protocol again. Although I realize this is not a miracle cure for my MS, I know I can’t go wrong with healthier eating, supplements, and lifestyle changes. Remember, it’s so important to continue all medications your physician has recommended! Please consult with your physician before beginning any diet, supplements, etc.! 🙂
MS Neurologist Follow-up: As requested upon discharge, we will pay a visit to my neurologist to review current MRIs (brain, cervical and thoracic). In light of my recent flare, we will also discuss if my recent switch from Rebif to Copaxone is sufficiently protecting me from MS activity. He’s just returning from a MS conference in London…we can’t wait to talk to him! Stay tuned!
God’s miracles of nature are found in the simplest of things – the baby birds are getting ready to leave their nests, the flowers are bursting with all their beauty, and our groundhog babies will soon appear. All reminders that with a little tender care and nurturing, it’s possible to make the necessary changes to reveal your true potential. What will you do?
All information discussed and blogged on So I Have MS…Now What? represents my personal experiences and opinions only. It's my recommendation, should you have any questions or concerns, to contact your neurologist or physician to discuss what is best for you. Please note, I am not financially compensated by any company or manufacture. My sincere thanks to Motion Therapeutics for helping this non-technological MSer set up this blog! Have a blessed day!