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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"But, What about the MS?" What about it?

I kind of tend to forget that my blog posts appear on a group post with other bloggers who have MS. Would I prefer to forget this disease? Damned straight. And, much of the time I'm able to push it to the bottom of the list of things that bug me. Which is wonderful because it plagued me big time for the better part of two decades. Now, I wasn't as sick as many people but I was a whole lot sicker than many others. My eyes crossed on their own, my face hurt, I lost my sight many times. The fatigue was so bad at times, I'd have to be driven home from work and head straight to bed. When my legs were affected, they felt as heavy as the legs on my dining room table. And when I needed to bring my cane with meto work, that spelled the end of my career. In Human Resources. I know..I could have brought a discrimination suit against them. But I was fed up with my boss and the nasty "corporate"  atmosphere at work anyway and had a young stepson who needed me at home. What about now, almost 30 years after I was diagnosed? Most of the time, I eat way better than the average American. I don't mix Cheerios with Lucky Charms because, for the most part, I don't eat wheat, or oats or any grain at all. I try not to eat sugar except on special occasions. I've used no fat to cook except butter or olive oil for almost 15 years. Now I mostly use coconut oil. I eat beef (finally found some grass-fed that I can access easily), organic chicken, wild caught salmon. I put my pasta sauce on spaghetti squash instead of macaroni.  I eat plenty of vegetables (not corn) raw and cooked and I treat myself to a light beer with my husband every evening before dinner. I exercise at my local YMCA doing their water workout. I got orthotics which helped my balance (we work on balance at the end of the water workout also - it is helping a lot). I try to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep. I cheat (ice cream!) once in a while and my digestive tract lets me know later on. I don't know how much my life style affects the MS. I haven't noticed a direct correlation. I do know that I didn't get any worse when I stopped taking the Avonex, then the Betaseron injections. After I stopped taking them (mostly because they were so constipating) I had a few years of IBS before I got my gut flora straightened out. I think the meds caused the IBS. I don't advise anyone to stop their medication. I just know that, for now, I'm holding my own without it - against my own doctor's advice.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Accident and Summer Spinning

A happy accident took over my little garden. It's so light I'm guessing it's a white pumpkin. I think if it were going to be orange, it would be greener. I'm guessing since I've never planted pumpkins.

I did, however, plant sunflowers last year. I dried the heads and popped them on the fence posts for the birds. A few came up and I moved two of them where passersby could see their faces.

An extra patio tomato plant ended up in the herb garden with the Echinaceas.
My first hand-spun skein of Merino wool. I think it's going to be a little toy.
Blue faced Leicester and silk My first real attempt at spindle spinning. A little thick and not too soft but very shiny, nonetheless. I love summer colors.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet Summer


It's not just the colors, the fragrances and long, warm evenings that make me happy. It's that we don't need an excuse to play together in the summer. The food is easier to prepare and everybody's ready to bring something to share. The clean-up's a breeze. The kitchen that I love dearly, stays clean and cool - the oven's off for now. I'm harvesting and freezing big plump blackberries to use when this summer's just a sweet memory.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I am a Corvette - What are You?

I've been exercising on a fairly regular basis again since February. Recently, I've gotten more serious about keeping my Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule of 45 minute sessions of water exercise at the Y. I've tried more strenuous activity in the past and ended up hurting myself. The water in the pool helps me with my balance issues and it's great for those of us with MS. I'm also well aware that I turned 62 last month. That said, I've come to believe that there's a big difference in the way people "age" and quite a lot we can do about what we've come to think of as inevitable. I read an article about treating ourselves as well as we treat out pets and I completely agreed with that. I read the labels on her food, make sure she gets walked and all her visits to the vet. Her haircuts are more frequent than mine and cost just as much. She even has special shampoo for her sensitive skin. And the vet does not let me out the door with a $15 co-payment. I love my dog, but I'd rather think of myself as an expensive sports car. Would I leave it out in the rain or the sun with the top down for days on end? The leather seats and shiny paint job wouldn't last long. Would I leave it sitting for months or years or would I take it out for nice long drives to keep all its fluids and gears moving smoothly? A car left to sit for long without moving ends up with flat tires and a dead battery. Why do we humans think we can put cheap gas in our tanks and get good mileage? Our tires go flat, our paint gets dull and we end up with too much junk in the trunk and then wonder why we look and feel the way we do. Reality check. I was in the pool today, holding in the tummy, working away to the music. A very nice, very round 70ish lady remarked, "I've been doing this exercise every week since November and I don't see any difference!" I told her I thought I might see more of a difference after I lose 20 lbs. And I really think I will.