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Et tu, MS!

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Today was a bit weird. Contradictory.

First, I went to the gym, and it was divine. Pool 100% right temperature, plus I’m now on greeting terms with some of the other swimmers, which is nice. I swam my usual 40 lengths (1 kilometer) and for the first 20, didn’t rest in between. By far my fastest time thus far (even though I wasn’t officially timing myself). Felt good afterwards, didn’t actually need my walker. Well, a bit, but not much.

Then, I went with Michael to his parents’ for lunch. We were all sitting outside in the Winter sun. So delicious. But I know I can’t sit in the sun like that! I overheat, and all sorts of symptoms start rearing their stupid heads. But like always, I decided to test it to the limits. So when I stood up to walk back to the car, it was with difficulty, left foot dragging. We went shopping at the mini-mart, and I damn near kissed the pavement. You see, as far as I’m concerned, my brain has sent a message to my left foot to lift. Except it doesn’t. Still, no harm done. As soon as I’d cooled down I was fine again.

But for those fifteen/twenty minutes, I was suddenly rudely reminded of how a relapse feels. This is actually a critical month for me. Though I am feeling great, I have a month to go before I’ve beaten my previous space between cortisone treatments. So that will be at the back of my mind for the next four weeks. But I refuse to consciously start worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about. I’m on treatment. It seems to be working.

I’m becoming quite attached to taking my fingolimod every morning. It’s the sweetest little pink capsule. Love it!

My left ear is blocked. Think I got me a bit of ‘swimmer’s ear’. I should really go to the pharmacy tomorrow for some drops.

I did my yogalates yesterday morning. I can’t wait for this ‘whole new body’ that I’m supposed to be getting in 9 weeks time! (excluding the 3 weeks that I’ve been doing it). It doesn’t look all that different yet. (My body, that is.) But I must say, my core muscles are starting to feel…like they exist. lol.

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June 29, 2007 at 10:11 pm

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Mdmhvonpa tagged me for this meme:INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so:

1) I’m Not Carrie Bradshaw
2) Behind Blue Eyes
3) Brain Cheese
4)White Lightning Axiom: Redux
5) Maggsbunny

Select five people to tag:
Or be lazy, and invite anyone reading to do this if they want to. (I know, that’s not playing by the rules. Sorry.)

Q:What were you doing 10 years ago?

Finishing high-school. Eek!

Q: What were you doing 1 year ago?

Practically living at my chiropractor’s, I was there so much with my sore back.

Q: Five snacks you enjoy:

1) Cadbury’s
2) Beacon
3) Nestlé
4) Lindt
5) Quality Streets J

Q: Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:

1) We all stand together.
2) You belong to me.
3) How deep is your love?
4) A kiss to build a dream on.
5) Living on a prayer.

Q: Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

1) I’d have a house built that runs solely on solar energy.
2) With a bio swimming pool. And a kick-ass organic fruit and veg garden.
3) I’d buy a premises and open up my own book-shop.
4) I’d get me a full-time chauffeur
5) I’d go on holiday to Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights, followed by a trip to Hawaii. 
Q: Five bad habits:

1) Biting my nails.
2) Interrupting people.
3) Sleeping too late in the mornings.
4) Wasting time.
5) Taking baths that are way too hot. (parboiled!).

Q: Five things you like doing:

1) Talking on the phone to my mom and sisters.
2) Reading chick-lit.
3) Uh, blogging!
4) Playing the piano/ harmonica.
5) Eating chocolate.

Q: Five things you would never wear again:

1) A size 8/32, apparently.
2) High-heels/ stilettos.
3) Platforms.
4) Anything with a fringe on it.
5) Anything khaki.

Q: Five favorite toys:

1) Teddy
2) Tea set.
3) Barbie.
4) Ken!!
5) My Little Pony   😛

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June 28, 2007 at 2:34 pm

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It’s a wee bit cold over here.

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Snow in JHB! Can you believe it?! And JHB only two hours drive from us. Oh, I hope it snows here. It will only be the second time in my life that I’ve seen snow. There are funny looking clouds in the sky (snow clouds??) and the wind is bitingly cold.

And I went swimming today, call  me a nutter. Although it is warm in the gym, and the pool is heated. It was lovely, actually. Looking back to a year ago, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. It certainly rocks to be living (virtually) pain-free! I look upon it as a bit of a miracle. But then, the body of every human being is a bit of a  miracle. It has such power to heal itself.

I noticed something yesterday. I make butternut for Michael and I every day. The rest of the menu varies, but there’s always butternut. I’m crazy about it, obviously. I steam or bake it, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. But yesterday, it occurred to me to wonder if M also likes it so much? Or if maybe he’s getting really tired of it. Maybe I should ask, lol. He always thanks me for making the food, and says it was delicious, but I probably better check. Not everyone has a butternut obsession like me, heh. I could live on butternuts, I think.

On Sunday, M and I went shopping just for the sake of it, without buying anything. First time ever, I think. I was having such a good time. We went to two large shops, GAME and Sportsman’s Warehouse. It’s the first time in a very long time that I felt so free, able to walk around, browsing, checking out all the stuff without becoming exhausted and wandering how I was going to get back to the car. I don’t think I’d make it in a massive mall yet though. Baby steps, but it was a lot of fun. At Sportsman’s Warehouse, we wanted to buy a pool table. Then a table-tennis table. And a soccer-table. And I quite fancied the air-hockey-table. Then we laughed at us, because we live in a two bedroom flat. There’s not enough place to swing a mouse, nevermind play table-tennis. Although with my co-ordination that would have been a bit ambitious, anyway, lol.

At the gym today, an oldish woman stood next to me in the locker room, in front of the mirror (I was putting my cap on). She asked me if I was going to swim. I very politley repied that I was, and refrained from pointing out that as I was standing there in my swimming costume, putting on my cap, the chances were good. Then she asked me (bless her heart) if I swam in competitions. That’s the nicest thing anyone’s said to me! I can only put it down to my proffessional looking cozzie! We ended up having a nice chat. I love it when strangers are friendly to me. Just like I dislike it when I smile at someone I don’t know and they turn their head away as if I’m trying to stalk them, and not just be friendly!

My sis, Anne is coming to visit this week. I can’t wait. We always have such fun together. She better not make me sick though. She’s a bit fluey.

I’ll be off now. Gotta go make some butternut et al 😉

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June 27, 2007 at 4:22 pm

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While the going’s good…

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I better post. It’s so erratic! I posted this morning, then wanted to log on again later for the promised long post, and…nothing. But I’m logged on now, obviously, so I’ll shut up and write, shall I? ♥

What is news in my world? Let’s see. I nearly had a job! It was offered me by my fab in-laws. We agreed that it would only be until they found someone else to fill the post of receptionist/ secretary in the office. This is because I am not the most reliable tool in the shed of late, courtesy of my health. And as they are going into their busy time with the tax season coming up, it would have been very inconvenient if my MS had come a-calling right slap bang in the middle of it all, leaving them in the lurch to find someone else. As it turned out, they found another real quick, so I didn’t even pass GO, lol.

I reckon this was for the best for a variety of reasons.

1) Tomorrow I celebrate 3 months clean from the cortisone. However, in the past two years, I haven’t made it past the four month mark. And while I have confidence that this time I will, if I don’t it will be right in the middle of the hectic tax run. Not a good time for a breakdown of any sort.

2) It would have been hard to keep up with my gym sessions, while working every day. I think I can safely say I would’ve been knackered. And my back is being rehabilitated so nicely, I’d hate to halt it now. I’d rather be poor than have a sore back. Really, I was completely miserable with it, like it was. Now, it’s like I’ve gotten a reprieve. I feel like a prisoner that got life, and then masterminded a daring escape from maximum security.

3) I’m so enjoying my newfound ENERGY. I don’t really want to expend it working, for heaven’s sake, lol.

4) My optic neuritis is hovering in the background, waiting for its chance. The homeopathic drops are fending it off for now, but I don’t fancy my chances if I have to stare at a computer screen for hours every day.

Speaking of energy, my darling mom phoned me this morning and said she was coming to visit me, and she was bringing breakfast. So I got out of bed, got my pillow-creased ass downstairs, and actually cleaned up the kitchen!!! Washed some dishes, wiped down counters and stove-top and swept the floor out. I know this doesn’t sound in any way remarkable, but this is the first time I have been physically able to do this in years. (Without being so exhausted I couldn’t walk). I had such a warm feeling of satisfaction when I’d finished, I nearly kissed the newly swept floor. My mom arrived with a bag full of fresh fruit, and we made ourselves the most delicious fruit salad. We had such a nice visit before she headed off to do her shopping.

Fingolimod totally rocks! I love being on these trials.

I happen to think that God doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we expect. Not like, woep! – a miracle. Not always, anyway. But I do believe He steers us in the right direction if we ask Him. I do NOT believe that the Lord created any of us to suffer. He wants us to have a joyful existence, and is just waiting for us to ask His help.

I’m feeling more and more like my old self. And I kinda missed me. Michael and I are just having such a great time. I looked at our life together objectively today, and it’s really great. I wouldn’t swop it for anything in the world.

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June 26, 2007 at 11:07 pm

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Rockin’, no less…

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I got tagged by Gen, from Inside My World with this fantastic moniker. Thanks a mill, Gen. You totally made my day!

It is now my happy duty to pass on this funky badge to the following gals, who all have amazing blogs that make for riveting reading:

1. I have to send this one back to Gen, because I love her blog, which is really cool and chronicles her incredibly sporty family’s adventures. She’s one of those people that you just want good things to happen to. Go check her out. (Inside My World)

2. Another Rockin’ Blogger is Donna at Can You Hear Me Now? I am in awe of how fantastic Donna is. She rocks Big Time. Plus she has really cute videos of her kitties.

3. Do yourself a favour, and check out Wenchy, at The Nocturnal Wench. She writes hilariously and poignantly, all at once.

4. Even though she already has a Rockin’ Badge, I award her another one. I’m talking about my SIL Mel, aka Supermom. Her boys are cute enough to make the site worthwhile apart from anything else, but she also has a great way of putting things, that’ll make you think.

5. Also, go take a squizz at Laura’s Housewifery. She’s my idea of a good Christian, and is currently enjoying married life and her first pregnancy. She’s also really entertaining in her observations.

“If you get tagged, grab the pretty badge up top (because you deserve it!) and then list five women bloggers who are TOTALLY ROCKIN’.” (I stole that last bit from Gen, but I couldn’t have said it better)

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June 26, 2007 at 4:35 pm

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The drought seems to be over!

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I don’t know what the problem was, but it appears to be fixed! I’m too sleepy to be psyched, though. With any luck, I can write up a long post tomorrow. Sleep tight.

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June 25, 2007 at 10:27 pm

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Too weird

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This is the first time I’ve been able to log on since my last post. I’m finding this quite weird, because no-one else on wordpress is complaining. And surely if the fault lay with our computer, then it would consistently not log on, not sometimes, sometimes not. I’m mystified.

I’m finding it very hard to blog in such a disjointed manner.

Or maybe I just don’t feel like it right now. I had plenty of blog-fodder earlier in the week, but oh well. Thank you for the nice comments I received my previous post. That is what remains so charming about blogging. Sending a little bit of yourself out there, and getting something back. It nourishes the soul. Well, nice comments do, anyway.

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June 22, 2007 at 4:17 pm

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