Motivational Monday

Whether we are ready or not, it is Monday again. I do not think anyone is ever 100% ready for Monday morning because the weekends are too short. Although, my weekend was not much of a weekend at all because of our cat, Sundance having issues with his asthma. At least I can hope, this week will not be anywhere near as stressful as the weekend was because that would be awful. I had intended to work on a few posts this weekend, but unfortunately, I was not able to do so. On a more positive note, tomorrow is another day so, I will try again to complete at least one of those posts.

How was your weekend? I do not know about you, but the time change always confuses my poor mind. It causes me to either feel behind or too soon and hardly do I feel like it is the correct time. The time change that happened over the weekend normally gives us an extra hour of sleep, but I do not feel rested at all. That might have something to do with worrying about our cat and not getting near enough sleep.

Considering Monday is unavoidable, we must try to find a way to start the week in a positive mindset and be motivated! Many of us experience pain daily and have come to terms with this. I am hoping the quote I am sharing with y’all will provide you with a little motivation that will start your week in the best way it can be and that your week will only improve as each day passes until the weekend returns again! I think we can all agree that pain is not fun to live with, but maybe it does make us stronger to handle everything else that life has in store for us!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you found the quote I shared motivating and it helps you find comfort in the week ahead of us. I do look forward to reading your comments on how your weekend went, the quote, and how feel about time change. I promise to respond to all comments as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

My Weekend

The weekends are meant for rejuvenating and recovering from the previous week. Unfortunately, this past weekend was filled with stress and worry. It was not the typical stress and worry people, including myself struggle with and yet was very similar to something I had shared not too long ago.

Our sweet, loving, and amazing older cat has gone through many health issues over the last several months. As soon as we think we are in the clear and he is okay, he shows signs he is not feeling well. Sundance is full of personality and expressions, so it is easy for us to know how he is feeling at any given time. It is heartbreaking when he becomes ill because it leaves us feeling helpless, especially me. After all, I have been the caretaker of our cats.

Sundance was diagnosed with asthma shortly after we adopted him about nine years ago. Since his diagnosis, he has experienced a few asthma attacks, but after the first major episode, I demanded he has an emergency inhaler. We have done everything possible to keep our sweet boy comfortable and happy.

It started on Saturday afternoon, Sundance started coughing and displaying signs of respiratory distress. It was obvious the issues he was having were related to his asthma, so I did give him his inhaler on Saturday afternoon and hoped he would improve. When we woke up on Sunday morning, he was behaving like himself, taking his medicine, and eating his breakfast.

At around noon, he started having abdominal and open mouth breathing. My husband had worked Saturday night, so he was awake when I called him asking him to come into the living room because I needed help with Sundance. Thankfully, my husband can remain calm when I am panicked about our cat’s health. Sundance is feisty which makes giving him the inhaler challenging, so can take both of us to do it correctly. Once we gave him the inhaler, his breathing improved.

I am so glad that my husband can keep me calm when I am terrified that something awful is going to happen to any of our cats. I have always been that type that can go from calm to freak out in less than a second, so it is wonderful having someone that can keep me grounded and balanced. When the temperatures start to get cooler, it causes issues with Sundance’s asthma which is why we have always had humidifiers, but they had not been brought up from the basement yet. They are now cleaned and set up in two rooms in our house and hopefully, that will keep Sundance from having any further asthma scares.

I guess it is safe to say, since we lost Chloe in early February I worry even more. I do not think either of us could handle another loss like this again, especially so soon. We both love our pets very deeply and think of them like they are our children. We are a family of five and cannot imagine life without one of the five. I think the reason why I worry as much as I do is that I love that much. We have all heard that saying, it is better to have loved and lost rather than never loved at all, but seriously, a loss is so painful, and it never gets any easier.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and you had a better weekend than I did. Whatever your weekend involved, I hope you remained safe. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

It is finally Friday

We finally made it through this week y’all! Happy Friday and I hope you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. It has without a doubt been a long week, but it was not too terrible. It could always be worst. Right? This afternoon is my routine follow-up appointment with the pain management doctor, and they are always the same. Nothing changes with the appointment or my pain level, so I am just doing what the doctor orders.

Over the past week, there was a drastic change in the weather. I think y’all already know how much the insane heat bothers me, but the cold tends to have a negative effect as well, especially when it includes rain. I think it might be more to do with when the changes go from extreme heat to cold that my body does not react well to. Of course, the heat does cause my symptoms to be worse than normal. Then the cold forces me to tense up which in turn causes pain to escalate because of the tension throughout my body. I think it would be perfect if the temperatures could be in the low 70’s year-round, but I know that will never happen. A girl can dream though!

Do any of you have plans for the weekend? I know you will not be surprised that I do not really have anything planned. My husband works all weekend and I do not. I will hopefully sleep in past 6:30, but that is if the cats allow it. The little girl that sleeps with me thinks it is her job to wake me up early and has reinforcement from our older cat. They just want treats and to hopefully get comfortable on my lap.

I am not violent in any way shape or form, but there are a few good UFC fights this weekend that we will watch on Sunday morning. In two of the fights, I have my pick of who I want to win, but we will see what happens. I am a huge fan of one of the female fighters, Rose Namajunas. After listening to her story, I learned that we have a few things in common, and through her story she gives me hope to move past events from the past.

There are a few things I want to write about and have had in my mind this week, but I will not make any promises. I am going to try though. It is always challenging to do the posts I want to do during the week because of how exhausted I am after work. So, the weekends are the time I try, and I am not always successful and often fail with this.

I hope you had a good week, and you will be able to let go of anything that happened during the week that caused you to feel negative emotions. The weekends are too short to allow for those negative emotions to impact your weekend. Life and weekends are short, so we need to be able to do what brings us the most joy. I found a pretty quote that I wanted to share and hope it helps you to leave the week in the past and enjoy your weekend! I would love to know what you think of the quote I am sharing!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. Whatever you have planned for the weekend, please do so in the safest way possible. I want to believe there will come a day when the virus is in the past and we can live our lives in a normal way again without fear of getting the virus because I know how hard this is. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

The Five Wishes Game

I have good news for y’all, we are halfway through this week and so close to the weekend. How has this week been for you? I hope it has been a good week and you are feeling well. It often feels like the weeks get long or just drag by and then the weekends fly by in the blink of an eye. If only the weekends were five days, and the weekdays were two. As children, most of us wanted to be adults, but we did not understand what that meant.

Has anyone ever thought about what it would be like to have a genie in a bottle that could fulfill five wishes? I think that would be an amazing thing and it could do some wonderful things for the world. Of course, now I am going to ask you what your five wishes would be and why? I think this can be a fun thing to do and allow everyone to get to know one another because wishes can say a lot about a person.

I think it is only fair that I play along and share what mine would be with you. My first wish would be to end the pain people in the world feel. The reason this would be one of my wishes is that I know how awful pain is and what it does to someone’s mental health. No one in this world should have to suffer from something so detrimental to one’s being. Pain can make someone feel alone, down on themselves, sad, angry, and a load of other negative emotions.

My second wish would be for there to be world peace. Life is already challenging enough without all the hatred that fills the emptiness in a person’s heart. Everyone should be treated fairly, equally, and with respect. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the way things are because there is still way too much discrimination in every place around the world. I never saw things being this bad before, but that is probably because I was naïve and or too blind to see things the way they were.

My third wish would be that no one would ever go hungry. The United States where I live has so much wealth, but it is not evenly distributed. Some people have more money than they could ever spend in five lifetimes, so if they could share a little with those that are less fortunate no person would ever go without being fed. I know some might argue that those with ridiculous amounts of money worked hard for it and maybe some were not able to. But what does it matter?

My fourth wish would be that cures would be found for all the illnesses that plague the lives of so many. Heart disease is the #1 killer and Cancer is the #2 killer of people around the world. Other illnesses such as Dementia, Huntington’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and the list goes on brings so many awful things to a person’s life, and they did nothing to deserve this kind of cruelty.

The last wish I would have would be that no child would ever experience child abuse of any kind. This abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect. The effects of child abuse can be a lifelong battle this child will experience into adulthood. Children are innocent and should be protected because they are not able to do much to get out of the abusive environment.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared today, and I look forward to reading what your five wishes would be. I thought this might be fun to do or at least interesting. If only our wishes could come true, the world would be much easier to handle. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

One Day Down & Four To Go

We have made it through one day of this week and only have four left before the weekend arrives again. Yesterday was a busy day at work, which made the day go by quickly. To be honest, even though I do prefer my days to be busy it did cause my pain to increase drastically. I guess it is probably because of the way my desk is and how my hands and arms are for 8 eight hours seldom taking a break. I should know better by now and get up to step away from the desk for at least 5 minutes every 30 minutes. My reason for not getting up walking away from my workspace is because I do not want to lose my focus, especially since as the day progresses, I become more fatigued.

I do have a doctor’s appointment on Friday with my pain management doctor. This is just my routine follow-up I must do every three months, so it is not a big deal. I like the Nurse Practitioner because she is nice and easy to talk to. Considering I live about an hour and a half from the office, she allows me to do my appointments every three months, instead of every two months. I really hate driving on the Interstate because the road is away, and the traffic can be terrible as well. It amazes me how some people got their driver’s license because they never should have!

The weather has been getting cooler with only a few off days when it is warmer than it should be in November. Of course, this week rain is expected at least one day, which always makes things worse for me. The rain causes pain to be much worse and other issues to escalate. Has anyone else noticed changes in the way you feel when it is rainy and or cold?

I hope you had a good day yesterday and you are feeling well What is the weather like where you are living, and do you like it? I know this is not the normal way of my posts, but I am trying to keep up with daily posts and I think writing about things I am going through might be helpful. I also want to get to know y’all better and think this might be a good way to do so. What do you think?

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared, and I am looking forward to hearing from you. I promise to respond to your comments as quickly as I can. I know things with COVID are getting better, but I think we still have a long way to go. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes.

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

It is Monday again! Are y’all ready for another amazing week? I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend. I do believe we need a weekend to prepare us for another week. Last week was a little unusual for me because there were more changes at work. Thankfully, my job did not change and I did not have to decide move to another role or be laid off. The mortgage industry can be an uncomfortable position because there is so much uncertainty. I am thankful for my job, especially because I can work from home and do not have to worry about going into an office with COVID still being a HUGE issue.

A new week comes with new opportunities and challenges. I do think we are all strong enough to handle pretty much anything that is thrown our way. However, I do still believe we should start the new week with a little motivation. This is a good way to begin the week with an optimistic mindset. I hope you will find the quote I am sharing motivating and it helps your week start in a good way, and your week gets better with each day that passes. I do look forward to reading your thoughts on the quote I have shared with y’all!

I do not know about you, but I cannot believe it is already November. This year has gone by so incredibly fast and I only hope next year will not only be better, but safer from COVID. Even though the year has gone by fast, it has been an exhausting year. Most of us are still feeling like we are on house arrest because we are rarely going anywhere or doing anything we used to consider normal. Now when we leave the house, we must wear a mask and that gets a little suffocating. Masks are annoying, but being a little uncomfortable for a short time and living another day makes it worth it.

Thank you for taking the time to visiting my site today. As always I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and I appreciate your continued support. I have been trying to get back to my normal blogging schedule, but it has not been easy. After working 8 hours and starting at a computer screen, I am normally very fatigued at the end of the day. I will continue to keep trying to do better. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Challenges with Multiple Sclerosis

I think y’all already know that I have had Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years and for the most part I am still going strong. Honestly, some days are worse than others and most issues are triggered by either the weather or stress. I do not like having a pity party but wanted to quickly explain what I think are some of the most challenging aspects that come with this illness. Thankfully, over the years I have been able to get a much clearer understanding of what MS is and what it can do to a person. Crazy as this might sound, this has been good because when I was diagnosed, I was very ignorant to this illness and had an immature mind, but I was young and that is my excuse for my childlike thought process.

Of course, I do know it could always be worse and I am thankful it is not any worse than it is, but that does not mean it is not challenging and frustrating. The issues I am going to explain are not in order because I cannot say one is more challenging than the other, as they can all be grueling. No matter how challenging and or frustrating these issues are, most can be managed or at least I try to ignore them.

Multiple Sclerosis can be incredibly unpredictable, which can be burdensome. Never knowing what to expect or when it is going to strike is unnerving. It is embedded in my mind to have things planned but living with the unpredictability of MS can force plans to be altered or cancelled. Of course, with COVID there have not been many outings planned and I work from home, so life just keep moving along.

This illness is not something new and even though there have been vast amounts of research done, a cure has not been discovered. I dream that a day will come when I wake from the nightmare of Multiple Sclerosis and I will not have anymore pain, weakness, numbness in my legs and feet, dizzy spells, or any of the other awful symptoms caused by MS.

Another issue that can be exhausting is the constant pain I feel in my legs and mid to lower back. This has been something the MS caused since I was diagnosed, so I try to not allow it to impact my daily life too much, but it does still cause difficulties. I would say the leg pain is a lot harder to deal with than the back pain because leg pain makes moving around extremely laborious. The back pain is awful, but most of the time a heating pad helps relax the muscles.

I also experience neuropathy in my legs and feet, which causes an annoying tingling sensation. This issue is not easy to ignore because it is constant. It does not bother me as bad during the day but gets increasingly worse at night. The tingling feels like spiders crawling around my legs and feet and not too much decreases this issue. The neuropathy issue makes falling asleep and staying asleep very challenging.

Another issue I battle with is fatigue. It does not matter how much sleep I get, which is never as much as it should be, I am always tired. I have noticed this gets worse towards the afternoon and I start losing my focus because I am exhausted. I arrange my work tasks, so the most in-depth things are handled in the morning when I am the most alert.

The hug I never want is called the MS hug. Thankfully, this is not something I deal with daily, but when I do it is miserable. It kind of feels like there is a snake wrapped around my abdomen and continues to squeeze. It is uncomfortable and painful. For the past few days, I have been battling with this and ignoring it is not making it stop. However, I do think my specialist is on a need to know and I do not think she needs to know about this because I do not want her trying to force steroids on me as that alone makes me feel terrible.

Although I have lived with this disease for over 20 years, some of the fears I had in the beginning do still haunt me. I wonder will there ever be a cure, how much longer will I be able to walk for until I am in a wheelchair, is this disease going to end my life someday, and many more questions run through my mind. Even with all the unanswered questions, I am still never going to give up and allow the MS to win the war we have been fighting.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and you were able to do what brings you the most joy. I hope what I have shared with you today will be give you some comfort and help you with something you are dealing with. I do not normally share posts that might come across as complaining, but I do want everyone reading to know that no matter what you might be struggling with, there is someone that understand. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

How you can stay comfortable during colder months

Multiple Sclerosis is a unique and frustrating illness to live with. When you add in the effects different temperatures can create, Multiple Sclerosis can become three times as frustrating. Each season seems to be followed by different challenges. Of course, the heat acts like kryptonite for Multiple Sclerosis and can cause symptoms to worsen. Unfortunately, extreme heat can also create new symptoms to be exposed. When someone with MS is exposed to heat, they may experience fatigue, numbness, blurred vision, tremors, confusion, weakness, and balance issues.

When the seasons change from hot to cold, those with MS are forced to battle with other issues. Cold weather causes people with or without MS to become tense. The increased tension of the muscles can cause increased spasms, muscles feeling tighter, and difficulties moving limbs.

I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years, and I live in an area that seems to only have two and a half seasons. This may not make sense, but I say this because the temperatures are either insanely hot for about nine months, slightly chilly for about one month, and mildly cold for two months. Some people are fortunate enough to have four true seasons and hopefully experience at least one season where they are comfortable.

When seasons bring on various challenges it is crucial to discover ways to stay well and as healthy as possible. First, we need to allow our bodies time to adjust to the differences, especially when going from extreme heat to bitter cold. This is something that cannot be rushed and will play out according to how it does.

For anyone that lives with the same medical issue as I do, Multiple Sclerosis, I am going to share a few tips that can help you stay both comfortable and warm during the colder months. If your symptoms worsen with colder temperatures, please know this should be short-lived discomfort. The following tips may be helpful for you even if you do not have MS and deal with another medical issue. I have experienced issues with temperatures more than I care to admit, but these tips helped me stay as comfortable as I can.

The first tip I have, please understand will not always be easy. Sometimes when we make simple alterations, it can make hard tasks a little easier. Even when it seems impossible, try to keep moving. Try simple and moderate physical activities, such as short walks or stretching. This tip helps you to burn energy and keep you warmer.

The second tip might take experimenting with different types of clothing. Dressing in layers helps you to stay warm and allows you to remove clothing when you get too warm. The challenges involved in determining the right clothing will be how many layers is not enough, too much, or finally just right! Wearing a hat will keep your head warm. Wearing lined boots or socks will keep your feet warm. Hats and socks will not allow heat to escape from your head or feet, which assists with keeping the rest of you warm.

The third tip I am going to share is that it is important to keep your hands and feet warm. For those of you with Multiple Sclerosis, doctors believe that MS causes blood vessels in the hands and feet to overreact to cold temperatures. To protect your hands and feet from negative effects from cold temperatures, try using hand warmers or a heating pad. REMEMBER to use CAUTION when using a heating pad and to avoid blisters, do not apply heating pad directly to your skin.

On a side note, if you do have MS, you may be at risk for Raynaud’s phenomenon. This is a condition that causes your fingers and toes to lose heat. This can cause your fingers and toes to turn from white to blue to red as the blood starts to flow again. With this condition, you may feel numbness, pain, or feel as though someone is sticking you with pins and needles, which is an awful feeling.

The fourth tip to staying comfortable during the colder months is to warm your insides. During colder months it is easy to have a hot meal, such as soup. Plus, you can sip on hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and pour whatever your preferred beverage into an insulated mug. This will keep your drink warm longer and reduce trips to the kitchen to warm your drink.

Lastly, even on those crisp fall days or bitterly cold winter days, getting sunshine can warm you up. Simply walking outside for a short time to soak in some rays from the sun can be beneficial. Getting a little such sunshine can warm you up, allow your body to absorb some much-needed Vitamin D, and may boost your mood.

I am sure there are many other ways to stay warm and comfortable during the colder months, but these are the ones I know work for me. I would love to read any other suggestions you may have of things that have helped you. It is not too cold where I live, but I am sure it will happen in the next few months. Honestly, the temperatures are comfortable right now, if only the rain would not come back. Even if it is not cold, the rain always makes me feel terrible!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you found the information I have shared helpful, and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I promise I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can, but it will probably be once I am out of work. Please continue to do everything you can to stay safe from the virus that continues to plague the world. I do know the numbers are decreasing as more get vaccinated, but it is still a little terrifying. I hope you never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Welcoming Monday back is not an easy thing to do, especially when the weekend went by fast and you might have not felt well. It is exceptionally difficult for me beginning the week because as I already said in my last post I felt awful all weekend because of getting the 3rd COVID vaccine, which I still do not regret getting. The truth is sometimes in life we must do things that are not enjoyable, but do them for good reasons. Our lives are full of choices we have to make and we should make these choices to the best of our abilities and try to never live with any kind of regrets.

I am sure none of us are completely ready for a new week, but that choice is completely out of our control. However, what is within our control is the way we move forward with the week and the way we view each day. Our attitudes whether positive or negative can be extremely contagious. This can be difficult to remember on Monday or if you are not feeling 100%. I decided to share the quote I did with you to help you never forget there are only a few things in life we have control over and those are the only things we should always try to make the best we can! Of course, the way we feel about certain circumstances is hard to view in a positive light and all we can do is try because the only time we will fail is by not trying! It is also important to not be overly hard on yourself because that does not do any good for you or anyone else in your life!

I do hope you had a good and safe weekend. Unfortunately, the weekends go by so fast and it can be challenging to accomplish everything we want. Try not to get too upset about what was not done because you can always try again next weekend or another day during the week. Always do your best to remain positive and know you can do anything you set your mind to.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a good day and that you week only continues to get better with each day that passes. I know I say this in every post, but I hope you never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes.

Always, Alyssa

Third Vaccine Successful

I have already made it well-known how upsetting I have found the COVID-19 virus and those that are refusing to get the vaccine that is free. My husband and I both got the first two vaccines as soon as we were able, which was at the beginning of the year. On Friday after work, we both got the third vaccine/booster. After the first two vaccines, the only side effect that was felt was fatigue. Of course, I received the 2nd vaccine shortly after we lost our cat Chloe and that could have been where some of the fatigue was coming from, or it could have been the vaccine.

I am not sharing the following information to deter anyone from getting the vaccine but am going to share my experience. I felt fine on Friday evening and only had a little soreness on the arm where the injection was given. Unfortunately, starting first thing Saturday morning I started feeling fatigued, had a massive headache, and body aches. I think I might have slept on and off all day Saturday, which was good to allow for my body to heal. Thankfully, on Sunday morning the headache and body ache started to ease, but I do still do not feel 100%. In a strange way, I think this is a good thing because it shows my immune system is reacting to the vaccine, which did not do as much with the first two.

I did share before that I get the anti-bodies test done, which showed that I did not have any antibodies to the COVID virus several months after I had the first two vaccines and that was upsetting. It was frustrating that I was doing everything possible to not only stay safe and keep others safe but had NO antibodies. We have all heard on the news about people that were fully vaccinated ending up in the hospital or worst losing their life from the virus. However, it is far more likely for those that were not vaccinated to end up at the losing end of their fight with the virus. I hate to sound so harsh, but those refusing a free vaccine that loses their life due to the virus is no one’s fault but their own.

Even though I have felt so terrible all weekend, I do not regret getting the vaccine. I think it is much better to suffer a few days of feeling bad rather than losing my life. I am feeling a lot better today than I did yesterday, so I think I did the right thing by getting the 3rd vaccine and would still encourage everyone to do so. My husband did not experience the same side effects that I did and only battled with fatigue. Considering I am immunocompromised because of the medication I take for Multiple Sclerosis; I strongly feel we needed to take all precautions.

I cannot force anyone to get the vaccine, but I also know y’all are kind, caring, and compassionate people that would not want to get this virus or cause anyone else to deal with it. So, with that said, I will encourage you to get fully vaccinated! We all hold the power to do what is right and save lives by getting a vaccine that is free and easy to do. I do understand that it can be a little uncomfortable and scary, but the vaccine does not typically kill people and the virus continues to do so.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know the topic I discuss is very controversial, but I think it is very important. Of course, I was not able to do a few things I wanted to do this weekend because I have not felt well, but at least I did something I feel is important and there will be other weekends where I can do other things, I was not able to do this weekend. I do look forward to reading your comments and will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa