Inspirational Wednesday

We have successfully made it through the first part of this week, so we just have the other half left until the weekend returns. How has your week been so far? The way I view things is, if we survived the first part of the week, the second half should be a breeze😊! My week has not been too terrible, and work has been a little slow. The good thing about my job must be the great people I work with. Of course, I have never met any of them in person, but I have made some good friends by getting to know them through email and chats. Most of the people that I work with, I would have loved to work within an office setting!

This morning I must go to my dreaded appointment with my neurologist. I know the Nurse Practitioner means well and so does the doctor, but they never offer good news and I tend to leave the office feeling discouraged. I think it must be because I am overly sensitive when it comes to Multiple Sclerosis issues☹. You would think after dealing with this for over 20 years I would be more accustomed to the random issues, and nothing would bother me, but it still does rub me the wrong way every time. I have tough skin for most things, but still have very thin skin when it comes to this. I feel like I need to go into these appointments with low expectations and expect the worst so that I am not disappointed and upset the rest of the day.

Considering we do have a few days left this week, I think we all need to find ways to remain happy and feel the inspiration to keep going. I hope you will find the quote I am sharing with y’all today as inspiring as I did when I saw it. We all deal with many challenges in life, but it is so important to find ways to be happy, no matter what! I am holding this quote close to my mind today as I am not looking forward to my appointment this morning. I do not like dealing with Multiple Sclerosis or doctor’s appointments, but there is a part of it that has given me the strength I never knew I had!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quote I shared, and it provided you with inspiring thoughts for the day! I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. Hopefully, I will do a post tonight about how the appointment went and hopefully the Nurse Practitioner will not have awful and discouraging news for me. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Motivational Monday

Welcome back to the beginning of a new week! The weekends are always way too short, but each week brings us new and amazing opportunities. How was your weekend? My weekend was uneventful and peaceful, which was nice. I did even get to sleep in a little on Saturday and the rest of the weekend I just took things slow. Sunday is always my day to get things done and I prefer to relax and rest on Saturday. I also spent a lot of time with our three cats, and there was rarely a time I did not have at least one of them on my lap.

As we have to say our goodbyes to the weekend and start a new week, which might feel long, we all need to find a way to stay motivated. I decided to share this quote with y’all today because I think we can all agree that life is complicated. With that being said, we need to find ways to learn how to be happy despite the challenges we face because there will always be something we must endure. Why not accept and welcome the challenges, instead of trying to ignore them? Sometimes facing issues head-on will make the complications easier in the long run!

Do you have anything going on this week that you are looking forward to or dreading? I have a follow-up appointment on Wednesday with my Neurologist. I know they have their policies, but I think this appointment is senseless and I do not understand why it cannot be done via Zoom. Honestly, this is probably my fault because I reached out to them after my appointment with the pain management doctor due to something I have been experiencing for weeks now. I do not think they need to see me in person to understand what is going on because I explained exactly how I will when I am face-to-face with them. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to this appointment and I am going to flat-out refuse having another MRI!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you found the quote that I shared motivating and each day gets better until the weekend returns. I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. No matter what challenges each day throws your way, never forget that you are strong enough to master anything. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Emotional Strength

Strengths we have that can benefit our lives moving forward have nothing to do with our physical strength. It does not matter how much you can lift or carry because the important type of strength is emotional strength. Strong, stable, and healthy emotional strength works as our compass for discovering personal and career success. Just like any other skill, to be able to enjoy all the benefits of emotional strength we must concentrate on the development of this powerful and incredibly beneficial skill.

Those who were emotionally strong can distinguish the difference between what they can and cannot control, and do not waste precious time on what is beyond their control. Emotionally strong people do not give up if they fail, but stand back up, brush themselves off, and try again. Emotionally strong people do not feel resentment when someone else succeeds but will rejoice in others’ success and view it as encouragement.

Emotions are powerful and we all have them. The emotions that we experience at various times can lead us down positive and negative paths. Emotional strength and stability are the main components of our success and happiness in life. Demonstrating the capability to conquer arduous obstacles by viewing them as an opportunity for growth, instead of a nuisance shows emotional strength. Those who have emotional strength have numerous distinct and unique traits that include the following undeniable traits.

Determination:

When you are faced with a problem, you refuse to give up until you find a solution or an answer.

Display Confidence:

Emotionally strong and stable people radiate self-confidence anywhere they go and light up every room. They do not need attention from others. After all, they do not need to know what they are worth because they already know.

Optimistic:

No matter what challenges you face in life, you remain cheerful and see there is hope for your future. You always hold onto faith and see promising and encouraging events moving forward in life.

Self-Awareness:

We will face many things in life that we cannot control, but the people we allow in our life we can control. Those that are emotionally strong have a deep understanding of this and surround themselves with others that are a positive influence and reflect who they are. It is not easy, but it is necessary to remove those from our lives that are holding us back from living a positive life.

Focus On Strengths:

People who are emotionally strong focus on what they are doing right and do not get caught up with what they are lacking. They understand what their strengths are. This does not mean they do not try to improve, but it does mean they can comprehend focusing completely on what they lack will only create self-doubt.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend and you enjoyed what I have shared in this post. I know there are many more traits of emotionally strong people, but I did not want to have you read a super long post. I do look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this is the last day of our weekend, but we do have today remaining to enjoy before we begin another week. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Pick-Me-Up Thursday

Happy Friday Eve y’all! I hope you are having a good week. I was unable to do a post the past few days because I was battling with a nagging headache that refused to go away. It started to worry me a little because I read about a new variant of COVID which is causing headaches and body aches. I typically do not worry much with headaches or body pains because I deal with them SO often, but after seeing there is a new COVID variant that is bypassing the vaccine, I worried a little. Thankfully, after three days of pure misery, I am finally starting to feel a little better.

This week has been painful because of the nagging headache I was dealing with, but this week is nearly over now. Of course, we do have a couple of days left before the weekend returns and I think we could all use a little pick-me-up to help us push through the last few days of this week, or at least I know I could! I hope you will find the quote I am sharing with you meaningful and that it resonates deeply with you. I enjoyed this and wanted to share it hoping it will brighten your week. I think it is extremely important to be kind, respectful, and considerate of others because we never know what they are going through in life.

Now that the weekend is so close, do you have any plans you are looking forward to? The only thing I am looking forward to is the chance to possibly sleep a little later than 7:00 AM. It does not matter what day it is, I always wake up at the same early time and never take naps. I am also looking forward to staying at home and having a quiet weekend. Considering my week has been challenging, I really need a couple of days with nothing but calmness and peace!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and I look forward to reading your comments. I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can, so please bear with me! I hope the last part of your week goes even better than the first part and you have an amazing day. Stay tuned as I have two other posts that are nearly complete, I am just putting some finishing touches on them. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Sunday Thoughts

Hello Sunday! How do you prefer to spend your Sunday, knowing that this is the last day before the work week begins again? Many people think that Sunday is a day for rest, but I prefer to rest on Saturday and get things done on Sunday because it prepares my mind for the work week ahead. Of course, my mind appears to be on a set schedule that never changes because I get up at the same time everyday, even though I want to sleep in more than I could ever explain. Since the time change, my internal clock seems broken because I still wake up an hour early, which is so frustrating!

Life is filled with various challenges that sometimes we may not feel prepared for, but we find a way to manage and carry on! None of us asked for what we encounter in life and often we may wish we did not have to deal with the struggles we face. I think it is important to remember that we are all stronger than we know and we must learn how to believe in ourselves much more than we do. The reason I am sharing the quote I am today is because I think it is extremely powerful and a nice reminder!

How was your weekend? Did you go out in the insanity of “Black Friday”? Thankfully, I worked and did not have to fight through the massive amounts of people searching for a deal that was not worth the craziness. It always baffles me how many people think it is necessary to become aggressive and rude just to obtain something they think is a requirement in life and they think the “deals” were worth it. I am just not into all the consumerism that happens because I think there are many more important things in life. I think of all the people in the world that are suffering and in need, which breaks my heart. I wish everyone around the world could live a comfortable and safe life, which would include a roof over their head, food on the table, and warmth when the temperatures get cold.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed the quotes that I have shared and they resonate with you. As today is the final day of the weekend, I hope you have been able to enjoy it and do the little things that bring you the most joy before the demanding week begins. I look forward to reading your comments and I 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

MS Hug Struggles

As everyone reading this now and who has read some of my previous posts knows, I have had Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years. This has been something I have lived with for almost half of my life, and I still find it extremely frustrating. Even after all these years, there are still things I do not understand or know about this disease. The one obvious thing is how unpredictable it can be. I do find it amazing how much we can adapt to and tolerate life when we have no other choice but to keep moving forward.

There are many things about Multiple Sclerosis and days living with this disease that can feel like things will never improve, which can make you feel hopeless. Even though I have days when I feel like this, I also believe that we are not forced to deal with anything we cannot handle! Of course, it takes a strength we never knew we had, but it is possible to keep moving forward.

I wish I knew the name of the person who thought they were being clever and humorous by naming something the “MS Hug” because this is the worst kind of hug I have ever heard of. It completely ignored the advice from the experts about social distancing and never considered getting approval before hugging someone. I have always thought that MS Hug was very disrespectful and invasive.

Even though I still do not know who came up with the name, I do know that MS Hug is very uncomfortable, but it is not life-threatening even though it feels like it is at times. The MS Hug is an uncomfortable, sometimes painful tightness or pressure around the abdomen or chest. This can last for seconds or minutes, which is the best-case scenario but can also last hours or longer.

There are two effects of Multiple Sclerosis that can trigger the MS hug to happen. One is muscle spasms in the small muscles between the ribs, known as the intercostal muscles. The second is changes in sensations known as dysesthesia, which while they can be, are not always painful.

Just like everything else regarding Multiple Sclerosis, everyone experiences the MS Hug differently. The ways that help one person may not help another in the same way. Various things can help or even eliminate the MS Hug sensation including the following:

Discover your triggers:

This could include fatigue, temperature changes, eating a large meal, feeling unwell, or being stressed. It may not always be easy to discover what triggers the MS hug, but once you do it may be a good plan to avoid or at least reduce the issues you know are your triggers. Keeping a journal with what the temperature was each day, stress level, feelings of fatigued, and what you eat each day may help to determine what your triggers are.

Loose vs Tight Clothing:

For many people tight clothing triggers, them to experience the MS hug and even makes the sensation worse. This may mean not wearing an underwired bra or removing it as soon as your situation allows. It will just seem logical to wear loose clothing if you know tight clothing causes problems. As with everything else, tight clothing helps some people to deal with the MS hug. For reasons not always understood, the grip of tighter clothing can distract the brain, making the MS hug sensation less noticeable.

Moving and or Stretching:

For some people staying mobile and stretching relieves the pain from the MS hug, but for some people laying down is the only thing that offers them any relief. This is all a matter of personal choice and what helps you the most!

The use of hot or cold compress:

Again, different things work better for each person, so you just need to play around with heat and cold compresses until you know what works best for you. Hot water bottles, warm towels, or a heating pad when applied to the affected area may offer relief. If this does not work, you can try a cold compress or an ice pack to the affected area. Please understand and be careful of both hot and cold as it is easy to cause further damage to the skin.

Physiotherapy or other physical treatments:

his can include TENS which is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. I honestly do not know a lot about this because something about electrical nerve stimulation scares me, but I have heard it can be helpful!

Relaxation, Mindfulness, and CBT:

Relaxation and mindfulness exercises can be helpful for anyone, not just those dealing with MS and the MS hug. Things like self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been successful for many people around the world. Controlled breathing techniques can be found with a quick Google search and are inexpensive. 

Multiple Sclerosis has come along way with treatment since I was diagnosed, but for some reason there still is not a cure. I wish there was a magical medication that could make all the pain and issues I deal with daily go away, but until there is I will just continue to fight and not allow this unpredictable, frustrating, and ugly disease steal the light and fire I have inside me. As I am sure you can assume, I am dealing with the MS hug right now and it has been a struggle. I am SO thankful that I work from home because with the way I was feeling today, there is no way I could have driven to an office and dealt with being this uncomfortable for 8 very long hours.

Anyone that is reading this and has Multiple Sclerosis, have you dealt with this issue before and if so what helps you? The funny thing is, normally heat is my enemy, but for this issue and other types of pain, my heating pad is my best friend. The only way I can be comfortable is wearing loose clothing because I find that to be the most comfortable. The weather has been changing each week, so I can only assume that might be the reason the evil hug is back!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information that I have shared was useful and interesting to you. I am looking forward to reading your comments because I am sure what you have to say will be helpful. I hope you had a good week and you have an amazing weekend! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Life is a Journey

Life is a journey that is filled with wonderful experiences that we will always treasure and enjoy the memories. Life is not meant to be picture-perfect because we live in the real world. The hard part of facing reality is we are forced to encounter various challenges and struggles. The negative situations we endure and may wish never occurred or desire to alter the outcomes can create a learning experience we should not ignore. These situations do not have to be a permanent roadblock and can provide us with a strength we never knew was possible.

One of the many crucial things to understand is hatred and resentment only hinder us from living a happy and fulfilling life. Of course, there will always be others that cause us pain, sadness, disappointments, frustration, and even anger, but allowing those feelings to control us does not affect the other person as much as it does us. These feelings are poisonous and painfully infectious and are extremely unhealthy and dangerous way.

Many of the things that cause us the most anger and frustration are things we have no control over. If you think about the things that have caused you the most pain or aggravation, are you truly able to change anything besides the way you react? Even if one of the issues that cause you the most anger revolves around politics, we are told if we vote we can correct the issues we are witnessing. Logically, how true is this? Politicians are going to do as they please and have a way to convince voters they have their best interests at heart, but they have their own interests above anything else.

Volatile situations we encounter in our daily lives can create a sense of powerlessness and helplessness. We need to be able to determine the things that we do have control over and focus on those things and move past what we cannot control because they will suffocate us in the long run. Wasting time trying to change something we never had any control over is wasting precious time as life is short.

Once we understand what we can control, we might be able to make a difference in our lives and those around us. Things take time, patience, and pure determination. It is important to not give up if we fail on the first try but stand back up, dust ourselves off, try again, and learn from past experiences. The only true failure is giving up on what we can accomplish. We are powerful and can accomplish anything we set our minds to!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed this post, and it made you understand what you are capable of! I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend. I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Saturday Thoughts

Today is Saturday, which I have been waiting for since Monday. How was your week? My week was rather long, and I am still adjusting to the cooler temperatures. Last week, I was unable to do a post on Monday due to the leftover migraine issues from Sunday and I also did not do a post yesterday, which was due to my lack of energy. I have had several ideas in mind of things I want to write about, and I am hoping to be able to do so this weekend as I do not have anything else pressing that I need to do besides laundry😊!

How do you enjoy spending your weekend after a long week? I would have preferred to sleep in longer this morning, but our older cat, Sundance had a different plan. Sundance did not think it was a good plan to let me fall asleep last night and kept walking on me and from what I guess trying to play. He drove me crazy for over an hour last night when I was trying to sleep, which almost caused me to just get up at 2:00 AM☹. He started again at 6:30 AM with the same shenanigans. I think overall, last night I think I was able to sleep for about five hours! It is a good thing I love our cats 😊as much as I do, or I would have been much more frustrated.

Next week is Thanksgiving (which I will talk about in another post), so I will only have to work four days, instead of five. I always say this and stand by it, but the shorter weeks always seem much longer. Honestly, last week things were a little slower at work so it is possible next week will be the same. I tried last week to help a newer person understand the work more clearly, which was honestly a little frustrating because I do not understand her miscomprehension. There are things about this person that I do not like, which is mostly due to her political views and something she said to me about it, but I was trying to ignore all of that. I know how unprofessional it is to discuss politics at work and tried to change the subject when she brought it up.

Over the years, I have realized how much common sense is lacking at least in the United States. It seems many do not know what common sense is anymore and it is not something that can be taught. I do not understand where it went or if people ever had common sense, to begin with, but it is easy to understand if people could just try! Common sense is simply just a practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge in a manner that is shared by most people. Sounds easy, right? I think politics has made people lose their ability to think for themselves and have even a smaller amount of common sense!

Are there certain things that you hold onto because you believe strongly in them? Do you find that people that disagree with you will try to change the way you feel? The most important thing that I hold dear is treating people fairly. I do not care about unimportant things, such as the color of someone’s skin, who they love, where a person is from, or anything else that is superficial and does not matter. I think that a person shows their true colors in their treatment of other living human beings! I think that letting go of anger and resentment over things you never had any control over is very important in life because when we hate, it only diminishes the light in our lives. Why let another person have that much hold over you in your life when you cannot change anything that has happened? I have a lot more to say about this, but it will be in another post as this one is getting a little too long.

Thank you for visiting my site today and reading this post. I hope you are enjoying your weekend and doing things that bring you joy! I know there are things in this post that many will disagree with, and that is completely understandable, and your personal right. Regardless of if you agree or disagree with things I have said in this post, I would love to read your comments and I will respond as quickly as possible. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

Inspirational Wednesday

Happy Midweek day! I prefer to not use the actual name of the days because it makes it seem like the week is never going to end! Just saying midweek makes me think the week will be ending soon! I think it is mostly due to the weather, but this has felt like an extremely LONG week, and I am looking forward to the weekend more than normal! I do hope your week has been great and you are feeling well!

How do you feel about rainy and chilly days? The past few days have been much chillier than it has been and yesterday was rainy and chilly! I think the rain and cooler temperatures have something to do with the miserable headache I had on Sunday night, into Monday morning. The cooler temperatures are much better than the alternative of insanely HOT weather I dealt with for too many months, but it does cause my muscles to tense, which does increase pain. Do you notice any differences in how you feel when it is rainy and/or chilly? This is the kind of weather that makes my cats want to cuddle much more!

One thing I will say is, I do prefer the temperatures to be cooler instead of too hot. When the temperatures are in the upper 90’s, I feel miserable because that level of heat causes more exhaustion and irritation. It is awful when you are unable to walk from your front door to your car without being drenched, almost like you just got out of the shower, again! When it is cooler, you can add more clothing to warm up. Of course, when it is extremely hot, you cannot take enough off clothing to cool down.

What would your perfect temperature be? In a perfect place, I would view things as not getting warmer than the upper 80’s and then not colder than the 40’s. Maybe people who live with Multiple Sclerosis experience temperatures differently because no two cases are exactly the same. It seems so strange to me that I cannot handle the extreme heat, but a heating pad in the winter helps my leg and back pain tremendously.

Now that we have almost made it through this week and there are fewer days before the weekend returns, I think we could all use a little inspiration! I hope you will find the quote I am sharing with y’all today inspiring, and that it helps you survive the last part of this week! The good news is that the weekend will be here soon, and we do not have much longer. I think the rest of this week is supposed to be cooler, but there should not be any more rain😊!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you are having a good week and you are keeping your stress levels as low as possible. I am very interested to read your comments and I promise to respond as quickly as possible. Thankfully, we are always through this week, so we are much closer to the weekend than we were yesterday😊! This is the only way I can get through these weeks as they feel so LONG! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes! 

Always, Alyssa

Tranquil Tuesday!

I honestly do not know how I managed to get through Monday because I started having this massive and miserable migraine on Sunday night, which never let up until late yesterday. Even though it did let up some last night, it was still extremely uncomfortable. I was not even able to do my normal “Motivational Monday” post because I could not think or see clearly. I hope your week started better than mine did. Somehow, I managed to work a full day yesterday. Mondays are typically busy, but thankfully, it was a pretty slow and easy day! If it had been busy, I highly doubt I would have made it through the entire day.

We all did make it through the first day of the week, which I know most of us dread. I do hope today will be another easy day, but I do not think I am that lucky of a person! Regardless, we all need something that offers us a sense of peace and calmness. I hope the quote I am sharing today provides you with a calm and peaceful feeling because even though we made it through Monday, we do have a few days of the week left. I am the type of person that tries to avoid confrontation as much as possible and would prefer to walk away from disagreements. I think arguments and or disagreements cause us too much unnecessary stress and I know what it can do to the body. Stress is the “silent” killer and makes my illness (Multiple Sclerosis) much worst!

Considering I was unable to do a post yesterday, I was not able to say that I hope you had a nice weekend! Did you do anything exciting? I did not do anything too exciting and Sunday was an evil migraine day. One of the most amazing things that happened on Sunday was our cat that NEVER gets up on the bed, did get on the bed and snuggled with me. I think she was trying to help my headache with her gentle purr. This is a picture of our cat, Willow on the day I was out of work sick with pain. She remained on my lap most of the day in a similar position! She is a sweet and precious little girl with a loving heart!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and you loved the quote as much as I do. I would love to read your comments and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can. I hope you have a nice and calm day, and you remember there is not amount of stress you can experience that is going to fix the situation and it will only make things worst. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa