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And the cloud lifts…

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I am feeling pretty mellowed out again. Much more my normal self. Thank Heavens for that.

I hope it wasn’t all for nothing. My feet are feeling worse than they did before all the cortisone. And my eyes are not what they should be. Still, I just had a strong sense of deja vu that I have said this before. My motto is to give it a month’s grace after treatment before I judge whether it has worked or not. Plus of course I need to do some re-myelinating of my nerves, which takes a while, too.

Usually, I’m in a panic that it hasn’t worked and that I’m stuck with permanent damage, but inevitably, after the passing of a month, I have forgotten about it because it quietly got better and I didn’t even notice.

It’s easy to be philosophical about these things in theory, but it’s a bit harder when you’re actually living the symptoms. They remain very disturbing indeed. I have gotten used to some of them, but some I never will.

I really hope that this is the last of the relapses. Even if just for six months will be great.

To that end, I’m prepared to commit to a few things to help out where I can. I have noticed a trend in my relapses. They are usually caused by one of the following three: a)sensitivity to chemical smells, b) overdoing things physically, c) stress.

Sensitivity to chemicals is the worst by far. Obviously, I can’t avoid them totally, because we live in a chemical world, but sometimes I put up with fumes that I don’t strictly have to, to avoid offending people. No more. From now on, if something is bothering me, I will simply leave, if possible. I have bought an air purifier for my home and if I am in someone else’s home and they have poisons or harsh chemicals there, I will leave, post haste. I know it affects my MS quite violently and I’m not going to subject myself to it anymore.

As for point b) I will be stricter with myself not to overdo things. If I feel myself getting overtired when exercising, I will just simply have to stop that, too.

C) is the easiest to control. I don’t generally get too stressed up about things, except maybe for point a). lol.

Apart from that, I want to start eating a bit better from tomorrow. I have noticed a definite dip in how I feel if I have a lot of sugar and it’s just not worth it. Michael and I had some Gino Ginelli’s Vanilla Fudge Symphony ice-cream after lunch, and it was a good send off from the world of refined sugar 😉

I really enjoyed watching the finals of the rhythmic gymnastics in Beijing. I am in awe of the strength and talent that those gymnasts have. It is so beautiful to watch. I was especially taken with the bronze medallist, Anna Bessonova, from the Ukraine. So charming. She executed her routine with the ribbon near faultlessly and did it with such charm and obvious enjoyment. She is strikingly good-looking and has such a natural smile, not the forced one that many of the gymnasts have. It was a real pleasure to watch her perform. Obviously the crowd thought so too, because they were rooting for her all the way. I will definitely be following her career in future. Hope she gets her Olympic gold next time.

What a pity the Olympics are over – I was just getting really into it, and becoming the sports fan that M wants me to be. We watched the semi-finals of the men’s table-tennis last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ve decided that if there is enough room in our new house, we are going to get ourselves a table-tennis table. We were both fanatics when we were younger and I think we’ll have a lot of fun together playing. I warned him that he must just know if we get a table he will have to play a game with me at least once a day. Luckily, he says that he gets just as obsessed with it, so it should be fun.

When M and I were just getting to know each other, (before we were dating) I invited him over to my parents’ house to play table-tennis. Actually, I fancied him quite violently and that was the best ruse I could think of to invite him over. So he came over and we played endless games. I remember thinking he didn’t like me that way because when I bent over to pick up the ball, he didn’t even appear to sneak a peak at my rear. And I was taking notice of whether he was checking me out, but everytime I looked, he was gazing up at a bird in the tree!

He (much) later told me that he had indeed been looking at my behind but didn’t want to get caught in the act! lol. Actually, he said it was quite a fond memory of his, and that he’d thought I was very cute 😉

And look at us now, married nearly eight years and contemplating getting a table-tennis table of our very own.

Written by Maggie

August 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm

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