Good Evening, I hope y’all had a great Friday! Today was a beautiful day with the temperature being nothing short of perfect! The sun was shining and it was cool out! I love the weather in the fall!!
I ended up changing my follow-up appointment with the Nurse Practitioner at my doctor’s office, from Tuesday to today. The NP that I met with today was actually pretty fantastic. She listened to me and made good suggestions as to how to help my leg spasticity. She is also having the doctor extend my Short Term Disability until Wednesday. She does not want me to rush back to work after the flare up and also with starting back on the Gilenya on Monday. She told me that rest is very important right now.
One thing the NP recommended to help with the leg spasticity is stretching exercises. She said it would be helpful to do stretches for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evenings. She shared with me that YouTube has a lot of stretching exercises, where you can watch videos and then try them. I have already found several, but I honestly do not know how to add a video to my blog. If any of you can tell me how to do this, I will be happy to do it in my next blog and really appreciate your assistance.
As y’all know this flare up has taken a lot out of me, but I am still trying my hardest to stay positive. I told the NP that I saw today, how discouraging it was to be on Short Term Disability, when I am only 36 years old. She was very empathetic to my feelings and told me, it is nothing to be ashamed about. She understood that it can be a little discouraging to use those words, Short Term Disability, but said that I am doing what I need to do to take care of myself. I told her about a comment that was made by someone I had once considered a friend, that I need to just quit my job and go on disability. I told her that comment really hit a sensitive part in my mine and had really hurt my feelings and kind of discouraged me. She reassured me that people say mean things like that because they really do not understand and because MS is like an invisible disease that only I feel, some might tend to make the assumption that it is all made up, but to just ignore comments like that. I do know she is right but it made me feel a lot better about things to have a medical professional not only acknowledge how I was feeling but also reassure me everything will be okay.
I hope y’all have a good evening and a fantastic weekend. Please let me know if you have any comments and I will be sure to respond as quickly as I can. Oh and please let me know if you know how to add videos to blogs. I am still relatively new at this, so I am learning as I go! Thank y’all for all you do not just for me, but for others that are on this blog and yourself. We have a very strong support system that really does blow me away! Take Care!!