About Positively Alyssa

I was diagnosed 18 years ago, when I was only 19 years old, with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I had gone to my eye doctor because I had lost vision in my left eye. Prior to my appointment, I had prepared myself to have the doctor confirm that I would be blind in my left eye and that was all. Never in a million years did I expect to hear the doctor tell me that after consulting with his colleagues, that I need to go for an MRI that day because they were thinking that with my symptoms that I had MS. Just a couple hours later I went to get the life altering MRI. I remember that phone call like it was yesterday. My eye doctor called me from his home at 9:30 at night to confirm what they suspected, I in fact had MS. He immediately referred me to a specialist he knew and I was able to get in to see him that same week. Luckily, after a round of steroids, my vision came back in my eye just leaving me with leg pain that would continue to be part of my life. Through the years I have tried numerous different medications that are meant to slow the progression of the disease down. I was never good at the injections and it wasn't because of the needle, it was because the medication burned like fire going in. Still after all these years I still go through my battles of denial, anger, frustration and sadness. However, I have always said that I would NEVER allow MS to control my life but I would control the disease. For the most part, I have been pretty successful with that. I mean we all have our bad days but it doesn't make the situation any better. With this blog I am hoping that with my experiences, endless amounts of research and a powerful fight i me that I can not only help others going through this but that I can learn from others as well. Living with the ups and downs of MS can be challenging but the power of the mind can beat anything that is thrown our way!

Crazy day with falls!

images (1)Last Wednesday was a pretty crazy day for me. First, I left work early so I could be with my husband at our older cat Chloe’s doctor’s appointment.  Chloe is 14 years old and always been very healthy, but she has been losing a lot of weight lately and we knew it wasn’t normal. My poor baby was so scared in the short car ride and even more so waiting in the exam room.  Even though Chloe was getting her blood drawn and the doctor got a urine sample from her, she was surprisingly very well behaved. Chloe has a very unique little personality and does not put up with anything she doesn’t like, but she is also incredibly sweet and lovable.

The results from all of Chloe’s tests were not horrible, but they were not great either. My husband and I did some research prior to the appointment, so we would be prepared for the results. However, there is NO amount of 293research that could have prepared us for the results. Our 14 year old sweet baby girl has early stage kidney failure. We are trying to start the new food that will help her, but so far she doesn’t like it. This is just going to take a lot of patience and persistence to get her to eat the new food!

The evening part of Wednesday was not all that great either. Well it was more the late night download (5)part of Wednesday. For the first time in my life, I had two falls. The first fall happened around one in the morning and wasn’t that bad because I landed on my knees. The second fall happened shortly after the first around 1:30 am and it was horrible. I still do not know 100% what I hit my head on, the only thing I can think of is the window panel.

I immediately had a huge lump right above my left eye. My husband was so worried he took me to the emergency room. I was still pretty out of it when we were talking to the nurses and stayed that way when the doctor finally came in. The ER doctor had me wipe the sore that was showing, I guess so he could see if I needed stitches. Thankfully, I did not need stitches. After that, the doctor said we needed to do a CT to makeER sure there wasn’t a brain bleed. I am relieved the CT did not indicate a brain bleed or anything else that could be dangerous. I was released from the hospital with the directions to rest. It seems that the only thing that helps a concussion is rest!

I was having a lot dizzy spells before the fall, but now it is every time I stand up from the couch. I am not sure if the increased dizziness is from hitting my head or from the MS. I am also having some memory issues and tend to get confused easily.

In my 37 years, I have never had a black eye or a concussion. I hate how awful the nasty 17143.jpgblack eye looks and have not been able to cover it with make-up. I am going back to work on Monday, but will be sure to take it easy. Hopefully, the nasty eye will be better by then. Everyone knows my favorite color is purple, but I do not want my eye to be all dark purple! I am trying to listen to what the doctor said about reducing screen time, but I am still trying to do some in the blogging community. I of course will love reading your comments, but it may take me a little longer to respond.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and of course feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

Pick me upHello to y’all! I am sorry to be late with this post, but it has just been an insane day! I hope your week has treated you well and you are feeling the best you possibly can. As the week will be coming to an end soon, is there anything about the week that stands out to you? I am hoping that y’all have received lots of good news and much happiness!

The quote I want to share with y’all today stands out to me so much for so many reasons. I hear people talk negative about and to others daily, and this kind of behavior just is NOT right! I hope you will find this quote uplifting and encouraging!1_-cgfWQ1evxKgmxl_PdBbIQ

I am a firm believer in treating EVERYONE with respect and kindness! Speaking out-of-turn can and does hurt others. Making fun of someone that is different than yourself is kindness is freenot only shallow, but extremely weak! Teasing someone because of their appearance should NEVER be tolerated. Unfortunately, we see this hateful and juvenile behavior anytime we watch the news or read an ignorant tweet. 

Thank you for visiting my site today! I always appreciate your continued support and patience as I adapt to this full-time and VERY busy job. It is honestly way more than the fast pace work, it is dealing with various different personalities that are very difficult to handle. I hope you have a wonderful day and it is stress-free! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

e014de7426453716c51a5bc58fc626bcGood morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful and very relaxing weekend. I was so happy that I did not have to work and had no plans at all. I do firmly believe after working 40 hours and battling with heat, it is great be able to not rush around and of course sleep in or at least take a nap, while I very seldom do! 

For some reason, I am a little shocked that we are already half-way through July. There is a HUGE part of me that is glad July will be over soon because that just means the nasty summer heat will be over too. Unfortunately, the summer heat will be around for another 3 or 4 months, but that will hopefully fly by like the rest of the year did!

I hope you used the weekend to rejuvenate your mind, body and  soul you are now ready to tackle the week ahead of us! The quote I am sharing with y’all today really says something I have been trying to spread for a while now and I do hope you are able to see and feel the meaning these short words portray.be kindThank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope y’all have a great start to the week and it only gets better! Please never forget that I am always ❤ sending y’all LOTS of        love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Let It Go Friday!

maxresdefaultHappy Friday y’all! I hope you had a lovely ❤ pain and stress free week! Now let me be honest,  just typing “pain and stress free week” almost seems like a fairy-tale or climbing Mount Everest in heals. I am not even sure I can remember a week or just a day, where there was not something that caused stress or pain. I do believe life can be difficult, but through all the difficulties ❤ life can still be beautiful. 

I think it is much better to not dwell on any of the hardships we have faced or are currently facing because all the stress in the world will never change the outcome. I find it is much healthier, both physically and mentally to just accept when it is time to just LET GO. Letting go is not giving up, it is just a way to take a time out so you can think a lot more clear. Each-time-we-face-our-fear-we-gain-strength-courage-and-confidence-in-the-doing.

Through my years, I have learned when I am overwhelmed the only way I will ever succeed is to take a short break away from my work location. If I do not walk away from a negative situation, I will probably make an ugly comment or remember something awful from the the past few days, as crazy as that might sound!images (2)

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you enjoyed and found meaning in the quote I have shared. Isn’t it better to let go of all the negative feelings from all those awful situations we have dealt with and gain much more, like strength, courage and confidence? I hope you had a great week and you are looking forward to some time. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Pick-Me-Up Thursday

163328-Tomorrow-Is-FridayGood morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and you are feeling the best you possibly can🌸! Even though our weeks can cause us stress and additional pain, we always manage to fight through anything to get to the brighter side☀! Y’all know that last week was not that easy for me. There are times when dealing with various personalities can be extremely challenging, but I think it helps to put ourselves in that person’s shoes. Everyone has something they are dealing with and they just need someone to listen to them. Once you show a little empathy🌹, the interaction can become so much images (1)easier!

I am thrilled today is Friday Eve and the weekend🌈 is closing in! I am beyond thankful that I do not work this weekend and have absolutely NO plans! This week work was extremely busy and there was always someone either coming in the office or calling the office with a complaint 🌻. Truth is, what they are complaining about I completely understand and would probably be even more angry than they have been. Seriously, living in the south where it is SO HOT ☀ and not having the air conditioner working is unacceptable and should NEVER happen!

The Pick-Me-Up Thursday quote I am sharing with y’all today is great way to look at life. The reason I find this so amazing is because it almost forces us to look for the positive in any situation we may deal with. when it rains look for a rainbow

First, I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today! I do always appreciate your endless good vibes onlysupport and everlasting kindness! Y’all are beautiful and amazing people inside and out with so much to offer everyone! Second, I wish for a wonderful day for each and everyone of you! Y’all deserve nothing but the absolute best!

No pressure at all, but I would love ❤ to know what you thought about this quote! I know that your thoughts will be fabulous!  Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

monday 3Good morning y’all! I hope y’all had a beautiful weekend and were able to enjoy every moment of it because you definitely deserve to! I think I made it clear already, last week was pretty difficult for and did change my moods frequently. It was WAY too hot for WAY too many days and I had to be out in the nasty temperatures for far too long. If someone does not understand how much heat and pain do not get along, they should try walking in my shoes for 10 minutes when10403353_10152369000532964_1324338832096924487_n it is 98 degrees and see how they feel. I know many do not understand chronic illnesses because they are healthy.

Anyways, those issues were last week and I am not going to allow them  to dull the determination and pride I will start this week with. Starting another new week can and should add great new possibilities, but we have to learn how to recognize them first. The quote I am sharing with y’all today kind of fits into not allowing another person’s behavior to cause me any unpleasant feelings. 1304c439f46d2ddfc7f1510122176295

Thank you for visiting my site today. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote because y’all always have amazing thoughts. I hope your week starts of great and only gets better. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Coping with Chronic Pain

Sunday-QuoteCoping with chronic pain while still trying to maintain a normal life seems almost impossible at times and even a little frustrating! The beginning of this week was hard for me because I was on my feet way more than I could tolerate. I was truly thankful for the two days off I had, but work on Saturday was absolutely insane!

Currently I work at an apartment community in what should be a low stress position because I am just a leasing consultant. I arrived to work at 10:00 am and at 10:02 I had my first people arrive saying they were supposed to be moving in that day. There was no information anywhere on the other Restartleasing consultant’s desk and the manager keeps his office locked, which makes absolutely NO sense!!I ended up calling my co-worker on his day off, after all this was his lease and should have been handled on Friday. I was not at all surprised that he did not know which apartment the couple was moving into or what they owed. We tried contacting the property manager, who of course did not answer his phone or return the phone call. I ended up having to explain to the couple we would have to postpone their move in date until Monday because I was not able to get any of the information we needed. Thankfully, they did still have their other apartment, so they chaouswould not be forced to get a hotel room for the weekend.

The second person arrived at about 10:30 and this was my lease, so I knew what needed to be done. The gentleman just needed to view the three apartments I had available for his move in date. Consider his move in date was not right away, I was not allowed to hold a normal apartment for him. The three I was able to hold were slightly modified to accommodate a handicap individual, which he is not. Even though I disagreed with this situation, I did this at the direction of my manager! Thankfully he was satisfied with the first one because he wanted to be closer to the front of the community. This was the easiest situation I had to deal with all day!download (4)

Once I got back to the office, after showing the three apartments, there was another person waiting because she was also supposed to be moving in. With no surprise at all there was very limited information on my co-workers desk regarding the move-in, but at least I was able to find what the apartment number was and what the new resident owed. Unfortunately, the important things that were missing were the lease to be signed and keys to the apartment. My guess is the lease was in my manager’s LOCKED office and no one informed maintenance of the correct move-in day. I was able to work around the issues by giving the young lady the ONLY key we had and asking her to come into the office on Monday to sign her lease and get the real keys.

I do not handle things well when simple things do not go well. I remember asking my co-8767492ff9e8b5334f5408fde751e388-thankful-for-grateful-for-300x237worker early in the week to make sure ALL his move-ins were completed, which would have meant walking through the apartment to ensure there were NO issues, the lease was signed and apartment keys were waiting in the file. I gave him several days’ notice to handle things properly and in my opinion how he handled them were unacceptable. I blame him and the manager for how terrible things went yesterday, but I do plan to make some suggestions on Monday morning so this kind of thing NEVER happens again! I do not think this sets a horrible feel for someone moving in to a new apartment when nothing was handled in an appropriate manner!

The entire day was a total disaster and most of the issues could have and should have been images (1)avoided. Another HUGE issue I was dealing with was, phone call after phone call with residents complaining their air conditioner was not working. The maintenance person informed me that the new management company was not allowing them to buy Freon from the vendor they had been using for years, but did not have another vendor lined up. The residents are paying to live these apartment and therefore important things like a working air conditioner when the temperatures are in the high 90’s is a priority and should Work-Quotes-Jim-Collins-in-his-book-Good-To-Great-shares-that-we-need-to-get-the-right-peoplalso be a requirement!

By the end of my day on Saturday, I was not only over-heated, fatigued and in an insane amount of pain, but I was also extremely irritated. It is not fair to force someone to pay for an apartment and then not fix things that break! If I am not mistaken, it is in the lease agreement what each party is responsible for.

It is now Sunday and my last day of the my short weekend before going back to work five days in a row. Unfortunately, even though I am trying to rest, my pain is still rather high. It seems like things have just continued to add up for me and I almost feel like I am trying to walk uphill in quicksand! At this point all I can do is hope this upcoming week will go much better and things will start to ease up.download (4)

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I am sorry this was a bit of rant, but my goodness if only people could act right, I would not have to go on rants! I always appreciate you and your amazing comments! I hope you have had a lovely weekend and you are able to enjoy the last day of it. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤