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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Crazy week of change!

busy weekY’all may have noticed that I have not been all that active with the blogging community because last week was pretty crazy for me. There were many changes, but they were all positive changes. I often don’t care much for change, but they are going to happen whether we want them to or not. To make life a little easier I decided to just embrace the changes and carry on!

You probably remember that my previous job was not working out for several very valid reasons. The main reason was how expensive insurance was going to be for just myself. images (1)The person that hired me, may he rest in peace, knew why I needed to have insurance, but he never told me how ridiculous the cost would be. I was not necessarily lied to, but I also was not provided with appropriate information. I do not think this experience was all that fair to me, but it is what it is. I guess we live and learn, so there is no reason to dwell on the negative feelings from that experience.

On a much more positive note, Monday I started a new job. In the past I worked as a leasing consultant, assistant manager, marketing manager and a property manager for beauty in changeapartment communities. I have been out of this type of work for many years, but I was able to adjust rather quickly. I guess somethings are like riding a bike! I am working for a nice community and my co-workers so far are great! The entire staff gets along rather well and we are able to have a little fun! Working a full-time job means we are working 40 hours a week. Working 40 hours a week seems like we are at work more than we are at home, so it is important to enjoy what we are doing and our co-workers. It has only been 5 days, but I find the people I work with a little crazy in a good way! The new jobother great thing about this new job is insurance for both me and my husband is far less than it would have been for just me at my previous job. The insurance also will start on July 1st and at the previous job I would have had to wait three months. It will be a stress relief having insurance again!

The car accident I had about a month ago was scary, frustrating, time- consuming, discouraging and sad! My car ended up being totaled and the only good thing about this was what the insurance company paid out for the loss of my car. I was forced to try finding something to replace my irreplaceable car. This was a little emotional because that was the car my husband and I left our wedding in, but we will always have 38b54588f572221f762636ac3fc4671cthose amazing memories. Unfortunately car shopping was a real eye-opener to how dishonest people can be. Thankfully my husband was extremely helpful with this aggravating process. My husband did n great job searching for what I wanted and made sure all my requirements were met! I was able to travel with him a few times times, but he did on his own as well and he even went with his mother to once. I am very thankful for everyone that helped find the right vehicle for me. We did finally find the right one at the end of last week and brought it home late Friday night! I had been awake more than 24 hours and it did a number on me. I am still trying to feel normal and alert. My new car is actually an SUV and it so pretty and I just love it! I wanted a Chevy Tahoe that was a dark grey or black, had a sunroof and heated seats, which the one I ended up with had it all! My Tahoe is an unusually pretty dark grey that just sparkles! Even though I understand this SUV isn’t accident proof, I am thankful it is a lot safer than my little car was.

I am slowly getting adjusted to working full-time, getting enough sleep so I do not get sickdownload (3) and or run rundown and of course the nasty southern heat. Honestly I am not great at the getting enough sleep thing, but I am trying. The temperatures have been very hot, which causes my energy level to be rather low. It is not even summer yet, but it has already been in the high 90’s, which means summer might be more like hell!

I definitely want to try to figure out how to continue blogging while working full-time. I have always heard that when you really want to do something bad enough, you will find a way to do so. I am very behind right now, so please forgive my late responses to what you share and my own site. There are no doubts in my mind that I will get everything figured out and I will be back on schedule!

Beautiful Sunday Morning Quotes and + Beautiful Good Morning Sunday Messages - FreshmorningquotesI hope you are having a wonderful weekend and you are feeling well! I think you already know this, but in case you forgot, I appreciate you taking the time to visit my site! I promise if you leave a comment, I will respond as quickly as I can. With the weekend coming to an end soon, I hope you are able to enjoy what is left to the fullest! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes.

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Things I didn’t know about Gluten Intolerance!

good-evening-images-63Good evening y’all! I hope you are having a good week so far and hope it stays pleasant! Just think, we already made it through two days of the week, so we are almost half way there!

Y’all already know I have been battling with what I thought was a nasty stomach bug, but after doing a little research I do not think that is the case anymore. Of course I haven’t seen a doctor about it because I do not have insurance, but I think I figured it out on my own. I am about 99.9% sure I have developed Gluten Intolerance. I guess that is actually a good thing because understanding what is images (1)going on and understanding how to handle it will provide me with some relief or at least I hope it will! Obviously I am not a doctor, but I think I am familiar enough with the body I have lived in for almost 38 years. I am going to share with y’all what I have learned and please if you have any other helpful tips or ideas, please let me know!

Wheat-Gluten-IntoleranceI first want to clarify a few important details I have learned! Gluten Intolerance is often confused with other issues, like Celiac Disease or food allergies, but there are some differences and similarities. Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat, barley and rye. This protein can cause digestive problems like gassiness, abdominal pain or diarrhea. With food allergies, the immune system overreacts to a particular food causing various reactions and levels of severity. Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestines, but Gluten Intolerance almost mimics this.

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  1. Bloating: This is when the belly is swollen or full of gas after eating. This is very common and does occur in 87% of individuals with Gluten Intolerance.
  2. Diarrhea, constipation and smelly feces: About 50% of individuals with gluten intolerance deal with diarrhea and 25% experience constipation. This is when you would experience inflammation in the gut after eating gluten. This damages gut lining, leading to poor nutrient absorption.
  3. Abdominal Pain: This is something else that is very common with Gluten Intolerance. 83% of individuals living with this intolerance experience abdominal pain.
  4. Headaches:  About 10-12% of the Western population experiences migraines. People with Gluten Intolerance are prone to migraines. 
  5. Feeling Tired: This is also being very common, leading to 60-82% of individuals with Gluten Intolerance experience this. People with this condition are prone to Gluten-Intolerance-Symptoms-Do-You-Have-Themfatigue and tiredness, having very low energy. Gluten Intolerance can cause iron-deficiency anemia. This is a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues
  6. Skin Problems: There is a blistering skin condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which is a manifestation of gluten-sensitive enteropathy, commonly known as celiac disease. This is not as common and can improve once on a Gluten-Free Diet!
  7. Depression:  Depression is not as common and only affects 6% of those living with11246-health-1-1 this intolerance. People with digestive issues seem more prone to both anxiety and depression.-Even though depression is not too common, there are a few theories for how Gluten Intolerance can lead to depression.*Abnormal  serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter allowing cells to communicate and is commonly referred to as “Happiness” hormones.

    *Gluten Exorphines, these peptides are formed during digestion of the gluten proteins. The gluten proteins may interfere with the Central Nervous System, which may raise the risk of depression.

    *Changes in gut microbiota. This is increased harmful bacteria and decrease beneficial bacteria increasing the risk of depression.

  8. Unexplained Weight Loss
  9. Iron-Deficiency Anemia: This causes symptoms such as low blood volume, fatigue, 6-signs-of-gluten-intolerance-300x165shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, pale skin and weakness.
  10. Anxiety: This can affect anywhere from 3% to 30% of people worldwide. Involves feelings of worry, nervousness, unease and agitation. People with gluten intolerance are more prone to anxiety and panic disorders.
  11.  Autoimmune Disorders: Even though Gluten Intolerance is a separate issue from Celiac Disorder, I thought it would be good to share this as well. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder causing your immune system to attach the digestive tract after consuming gluten. Typically people with gluten intolerance also have another autoimmune diseases to cope with.Gluten-Intolerance-Symptoms
  12. Joint and Muscle Pain: There is a  theory that people with Celiac Disease have a genetically determined over-sensitive or over-excitable nervous system. Gluten exposure may cause inflammation in gluten sensitive people. This inflammation may result in wide-spread pain, including joints and muscles.
  13. Leg or Arm Numbness:  Neuropathy symptoms involving numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.
  14. Brain Fog: This issue affects up to 40% of those with Gluten Intolerance. Forgetful, difficulty thinking, feeling cloudy and mental fatigue.

After learning more about this the things I deal with almost make more sense in  a way. Battling with stomach issues for over on month, numerous headaches/migraines, ud6zQ3sJTmewbULOd0n7_Beyond-Gluten-Free-Article-2018-1280x720-1constant feeling of fatigue, obnoxious levels of anxiety, nervousness, worrying and quick agitation, dizziness at random times, weakness, joint and muscle pain, numbness and cloudiness in my mind. I always blamed so many of these symptoms on Multiple Sclerosis and maybe that is still the case, but maybe it is a Gluten Intolerance causing more of it. 

I am doing my best right now to change my diet, but it really isn’t easy. I bought several gluten-free products at the grocery store, clementines and carrots, but honestly have not seen much of a change. Logically, I have only been trying this for a couple of days and I know it takes time for this type of change, but at least I am trying! Do y’all have any advice you would be willing to share? I know you always have great ideas and fantastic suggestions that I do appreciate!download

Thank y’all for stopping by my site today and I am sorry this was a little longer than most of my posts, but there was so much information to share. I hope you have a lovely and relaxing evening and of course I hope you are feeling well! I know it often takes me longer to respond to your comments, but I promise to respond as quickly as I 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❤

 

New job and LOTS of fatigue!

butterfliesGood afternoon y’all! I hope you had a good week and you are enjoying this beautiful weekend! It is finally trying to warm up where I live and no rain at the moment. Rain can be relaxing when I am at home and even though it does increase my pain, it also provides a calming sound. I definitely prefer to not be out or at work when it is raining only because it makes me even more tired than normal.

I am sorry that I didn’t share a pick-me-up Thursday this week, but I was way too tired totired-cat do much of anything after being at work in front of a computer for 8 hours. The new job is an actual full-time thing and it is pretty exhausting. I know my previous job was also full-time, but I was salary and it wasn’t actually 40 hours. My energy level has been rather low as I am getting adjusted to this, but hopefully I will get there soon and be able to be active with my blog way more than I was this week.

saltines-and-ginger-aleNot only did I start this new job, but I am also still battling with some kind of stomach issue that has been here well over a month now! Considering I do not have insurance yet, I can’t really afford to go to a doctor that will only want to run a ton of tests on me. I knew I would have to deal with my chronic illness without insurance for 90 days, but this stomach issue I wasn’t expecting. Currently there are only a few things I am able to eat, so my diet at the moment is crackers and ginger ale, not very exciting I know!

The people I am going to be working with seem rather nice and laid back, but we will see how long that lasts. I have gotten to know one girl and we like the same kind of music, sowallpaper-full-hd-x-smartphone-music-pic-mch0111838.jpg that is always a good talking point. The person that hired me understands what MS is because his sister battles with this as well. He has actually been great and told me to take breaks when I needed to. Typically breaks are every 2 hours, so  at least I know I can do them more frequently if needed. 

I am very behind with reading and commenting on all of your incredible posts, but I will try to catch up this weekend. I am not going to make any promises though because I am not sure how much I will be able to catch up on or what I am going to be capable of moving forward, but I will tell you I will do my positive-energy-feat-740x494best. I always enjoy being able to blog because it really is the best therapy ever!!

Thank y’all for taking the time to visit my site today and I do appreciate your understanding during my adjustment period. I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend and you are able to do what brings you the most joy! Please remember, even though I am dealing with an adjustment at the moment, I am always sending y’all LOTS of ❤ love, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

More talk about MS!

ms march awarenessMultiple Sclerosis is a very complex and frustrating battle to face. Unfortunately, this illness does impact everyone’s life in  so many different ways and to the point it’s almost hard to pinpoint what is what! There have been various names people choose to use when referring to  MS; such as the snowflake disease or invisible illness. I think these terms can also be used in many other chronic illnesses as well because they are fitting. I mean if you think about it, there are no two snowflakes that are exactly the alike,  just like no illnesses experiences the exact same symptoms. Also, there are so many of these illnesses that are completely naked to the eye, so they are pretty much invisible in the bigger picture. 51209211_2039825619447292_5206443739896197656_n

Let me ask my wonderful fellow bloggers, whether you live with MS or know someone else that does, what do you already know about this not so fun illness? Honestly,I think the only thing everyone knows to be 100% true is this illness can vastly differ for each individual! There might be times throughout the years each person with MS will unfortunately have a new symptom emerge and they need to learn to cope with this. While no one wants to deal with anything additional and all symptoms can be daunting, there  really are always ways to carry on with life!

symptomsI know there may be countless responses to this, but what are your top 5 most challenging issues you have been forced to accept during your journey? One thing I find very challenging and the most aggravating is how completely unpredictable this illness is. I have and probably always will be an obsessive planner! It drives me crazy for any unplanned issues to appear without any warning! Over the years, I have learned to expect the unexpected and be willing to rearrange my plans.

Another part of my MS life I find challenging, but am learning to accept is there are th-26-300x111NEVER any real answers for the numerous questions I ask my doctor. I would have never thought my questions were so difficult that my specialist can’t answer them. I mean these doctors go through enough schooling they should have a wealth of knowledge to match this. I am sure the schooling for many years is very expensive and probably more money than I will make in MANY years! Maybe while in school they should have a class in good bedside manner because most neurologist have a terrible personality. I think they have a godlike and ego maniac demeanor. 

flat,550x550,075,f.u4The third challenging aspect of this life that I have almost accepted is, the complete ignorance and total lack of empathy most people have for others. The ugly glances and degrading comments I have seen and heard over my years, especially when I park in a handicap parking space are nothing short of hurtful! Even though I have lived with this for many years, these glances and comments still can bring me to tears. This really doesn’t have anything to do with me, but is all on them! These people probably believe that misery loves company and try to bring me down to their level, which I try to avoid!

It doesn’t matter how long I have struggled with this illness, fatigue still tries to kick my Worst-MS-symptombutt daily! It was always complicated for me when I was working full-time because it never failed at about 1:00 or 2:00 if I am lucky I was exhausted! I have accepted this issue and try my best to conserve my energy so I am not ready for a nap at lunch time!

Lastly and to keep this from being too terribly long, the final challenging thing for me to accept is the constant pain I feel. It often seems like I am going to always to battle with pain and with little to no relief. I do know that dwelling on this pain only causes the pain to worsen instead of lesson and this just  isn’t an option for me! I do try focusing on the positive in my life instead of the negative hoping these thoughts will trick my body into healing! I also believe acceptance is half the battle and laughcan help keep my stress in check which will in-turn lessen the pain.

I would like to thank y’all for stopping by my site today. I told y’all on March 1st that for MS Awareness month I wanted to shed more light on this illness because knowledge is power! I am looking forward to reading your comments and do hope this was helpful for you!

I hope you have had a good week and of course hope you are feeling well. The weekend is finally here and  I hope you enjoy every moment 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❤

Week with a cough isn’t easy

away-from-the-blogI never meant to be away from blogging for the entire week, but this unrelenting cough has been torture! Coughing all day, everyday, plus working full-time, has caused me more fatigue than normal, so I have not had the energy to write at all. Besides dealing with this nasty and evil cough, last week was extremely busy for me.

As I already mentioned, I have been dealing with a cough for well over a week, hell it has been well over a month now! I already know that it takes my body FOREVER  to get over a simple cold, but honestly I haven’t even been to a doctor. Healthy ingredients for strengthening immunityMy reasons for not going to the doctor might be silly, but in my opinion they are valid. One reason is I am in a new city and haven’t established an actual doctor yet. I know this is something I should have already taken care of, but it just isn’t easy. Hell I know there are not many MS Specialists where I am living, which is frustrating! Another reason I haven’t gone to just some random doctor is because they ALWAYS try prescribing an antibiotic and ALWAYS ignore the bright red warning sign that shows up due to the Gilenya. Gilenya interacts with many medications and it can be very dangerous. I just do not want to deal with all the ignorance that comes along with healthcare in the United States. 

home-selling-6Another major thing that happened last week was we closed on the sale of our townhouse! I had mixed emotions about this because it was the first home my husband and I bought together. There are many memories within the walls of that home, some are great and others are horrible, but it was our home. I am beyond happy the townhouse sold in only 3 days, but it is still bittersweet! The  great thing about this is, we are down to only one mortgage payment!

With so much going on, good and bad, I am thrilled we have a three-day weekend! I am hoping that having these days off without any “must do’s” I will get over this pain in the 1264359-georgia-may-jagger-quote-drink-lots-of-water-get-lots-of-sleep-andass cold and start feeling human again! I never would have thought a simple cold could take this much out of me. I mean I haven’t even had the energy to do much of anything, which is very unlike me. For the past two days I basically get out of bed and move to the other side of the house to the couch, where I typically fall back to sleep while watching TV. 

I am making an effort to get over this cold, but my goodness it is taking way too long! I already take a Vitamin C supplement everyday, so I am not sure what more to do. All the congestion that has come along with this cold has completely killed my appetite, but I am staying hydrated, so I guess that is a plus. Let me ask y’all a question, when you get what should be a simple cold, does it take a long time to go away?

I hope y’all are having a nice and restful weekend! I am working on getting through emails, comments and your posts, which hopefully I will be caught up by the end of the long weekend! Playing catch up while my head is feeling very foggy isn’t easy, but I am trying! ❤As always I do appreciate you stopping by my site and your patience with my catch up time. No matter what I might be dealing with, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and positive vibes!

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Never Giving Up!

When Life Gets BusyTo simply say that my life has been busy lately and it has very hard to make the necessary time to do what I enjoy is a poor excuse and a HUGE  understatement! Moving to a new city and starting a new job has been exciting, but also VERY overwhelming. I honestly haven’t worked a full-time job in a while because of the constant pain and other issues I struggle with daily, but I have been doing just that for one month now! Yes, the pain has been difficult to deal with, but at the same time I am actually enjoying the job so I just accept the pain for what it is and I don’t dwell over it. I feel that my job helps those that are struggle with making ends means, but they want to improve their lives. In my personal opinion, people who struggle with life but do what is necessary to provide for themselves and their families are pretty amazing and admirable. There are so many that just give up because they feel helpless and feel as there isn’t anything they can do to improve their lives, which this just isn’t true! It may not dc-may18-600seem like it, but I do believe that we can all accomplish ANYTHING we set our minds to!

Like I have said already, I am pushing myself to work a full-time job and lately with the weather change hasn’t been easy at all! Even though my body is on overdrive and going a little haywire, I know things will improve in time it just takes patients, which I tend to lack. It doesn’t matter if the temperature changes from hot to cold or cold to hot, I still react the same way, NOT WELL! It still seems a little crazy to me that I feel horrible when anything goes on with the weather, even just rain. For the first few weeks of every season, I just feel like I was hit by a truck and the mean driver backed over me just for some added fun! You would think that after living with Multiple Sclerosis for almost 19 years I would be immune to these issues or at least be able to tolerate them better, but honestly it is always produces the same troubles!

878da42dde1a95a17c88e6759c5fbcf1I hate that I have been a little MIA for weeks now, but the life changes has been a struggle for me. I still need to find a MS Specialist near me, so when I do have issues, which hopefully I won’t, I will have a doctor to contact. It would be terrible to drive 2 hours back to the doctor I couldn’t care less for, but that might be my only choice for short-term, we will see. We did find a vet for our cats to go to that is really close to our house. Only one of our cats really needs a vet due to his asthma. A lady I work with said she has a great dentist, so I might need to check them out. It isn’t any fun starting all over again with doctors, but maybe it is actually a good thing and I will find better doctors that I mesh well with. I don’t think I am a difficult patient, but I need to feel like the doctor I see, no matter what type they are have required knowledge and the MS Specialist needs to be compassionate. Do you think I am asking too much and I am a little difficult? Of course I want the MS doctor to be honest, but not too harsh like my current one. All doctors should have good side manner, which seems to be hard to find!

daily-fitness-motivation-keep-pushing-your-limits-when-you-accomplish-your-goals-set-new-onesIt feels like it has been WAY too long since I have actually been able to write a post from the ❤ heart ❤ when I wasn’t too exhausted. It is really shocking how difficult it is to work full-time. It seems like there are too many hours away from home relaxing and enjoying life by working, but I guess we all make sacrifices and at least I like what I am doing! I am still continuing to learn and have more responsibilities, which I ❤ LOVE! If I am forced to work, I much prefer to stay busy and be challenged!

I hope y’all are having a great weekend! It is sunny, windy and a little chilly where I am, but it isn’t as bad as yesterday. It really seems that the seasons changed over night. We went from the high 80’s to low 50’s in just a few hours, that might be exaggerating a little, but that is how it seemed! I hope y’all are able to do anything and everything that brings you joy this weekend! Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I will respond to any comments as quickly as I can!! I promise I am working on getting back into blogging again, it is just taking longer than I would have expected. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤ and comfort!

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