First time for Everything!

be-thankful-to-your-bad-days_516Today was my appointment with my MS Specialist and it went very well! The Nurse Practitioner I saw actually took the time to listen to my concerns and did not dismiss any of my fears. To be perfectly honest, I went into this appointment with low expectations to protect myself from disappointment and frustration. I am so happy to say that even though this appointment lasted a longtime; I left the doctor’s office feeling much better about the issues I have been struggling with. The NP took time to actually talk to me about the headaches I have had for so long and come up with ideas to hopefully eliminate them. We talked about the pain issues that have increased over the past few months and she had some very valid thoughts about why that was happening. She helped relieve the stress I was putting on myself about my illness progressing by reassuring me I am doing everything I can and feels that I am controlling it the best I can. She told me to not over think what could happen and just live in the moment. I thought that was great advice because I do tend to think everything and go to worse case scenarios all the time, which really is not helpful to me or my mental state. Moving forward I am going to stay on the Gilenya because it is the best choice for me and did control my illness for 6 years before I decided to try something new. I was thinking the Gilenya was causing my headaches, but the NP today pointed out that I had headaches way before Gilenya was a factor.  My appointment today was by far the best and most enlightening appointment I expectationshave had in a long time and gave me a new perspective on things!

As I already said, I went into my appointment today with very low expectation, which was helpful overall! I have found over the years if you set your expectations for others too high there will always be a high probability of disappointment. Therefore, if you just keep your expectations lower you will never be disappointed because you are not presuming anything! This may seem like a pessimistic way to live, but it saves a lot of heartache and frustration. In our hearts we know who we can count on in life and who we question counting on. Others must prove to us that we can rely on them and live up to the standards we have. I do believe we all need at least one person that we can truly count on and that person will never let us down. There is always at least one person you confide in and know they will always be there to support you, no matter what! Trust is a very delicate thing that can be destroyed quickly and take a very long time to rebuild, if it is even possible.

Of course I am delighted my appointment went as well as it did today, but now I am hoping the appointment I have next Thursday will go just as well. I will go into the 2-quote-about-no-matter-how-impossible-unattainable-or-unim-image-background-imageappointment next week just as prepared as I was today, but also go in with no expectations at all. I believe that being prepared and having notes with you can be extremely beneficial because it is easy to forget important details. I think being in the exam room can be a little stressful which makes it easy to lose track of what you want to discuss. Doctors have busy schedules and have a limited amount of time allotted to each patient. So I found having set topics you need to talk about ready will make the appointment much more useful to you and not waste any time! I know that if I did not prepare last night for this appointment and have my topics written down, I would have missed a lot of important information. 

I hope y’all had a great Friday Eve and I hope y’all are feeling well! I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my site today and I look forward to reading your comments! All of your comments are very meaningful to me and I will respond as quickly as I can. I hope y’all have a lovely evening!! I am always sending each of you lots of love and comfort! 

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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Organizing the Clutter!

Happy Saturday 1Have you ever thought, I have so much to do and do not know where to start? We sometimes have a tremendous amount of things on our minds and it makes hard to get motivated to start anything at all, so we may just sit back and let everything pile up. All the clutter within our daily lives only ends up causing us to feel overwhelmed and stressed to a point that nothing is getting accomplished. But, there are simple ways we all can get some control over that disorder and chaos.

Calendars are not always just for decoration, they serve other wonderful things as well. Here is where you write down all appointments and other important dates, so they do not get accidentally overlooked by everything else that swarms our life. You can have a calendar hanging on the wall that you see every day, use the calendar on your phone which allows you set alerts so you will not miss anything or utilize your computer and tablets calendar!

Once you have your calendar process in place, you can actually make your life even easier by making to do lists! You already know what needs to be done, so write it all calendar (1)down or enter these things in a list on your phone. Once you have written down all that needs to be done you can go back over that list and prioritize based on urgency. You will soon find that some of the items on your list can be postponed until the following day, so you are not overwhelmed and in a panic to get everything completed! Here is an example!

To Do List:

  • Grocery shopping

  • Laundry

  • Clean house

  • Pick up prescription

  • Take out the garbage

  • Plan for dinner

  • Pick up movie from RedBox

  • Clean out liter boxes

  • Decide on Christmas gift for step father

  • Get gas in the car

To Do ListAfter spending a few minutes looking over what I think needs to be done today, I can see there are some that can wait until tomorrow! My new to do list for today would simply be:

  • Laundry
  • Pick up movie from RedBox (considering it is for tonight)
  • Get gas in the car (which can be done when I pick up the movie)
  • Plan for dinner (well we all have to eat)

My to do list for today suddenly went from 10 to 4 because I realized that all of those things were not urgent and could wait another day. Tomorrow it will be easy for me to go to the grocery store and pick up my prescription at the same time, considering the stores are right beside each other and I do not need the prescription today. I do have a little while longer before I have to make a decision about Christmas gifts; Christmas is still 2 weeks away! As for taking the garbage out and cleaning the cat liter boxes, it is perfectly fine to wait just one more day. 

Being able to set priorities to things that need to be done can be very beneficial at work as well. We all know what our jobs entail, so we know how our days will play out. Even if things during our work day changes slightly, we still know what needs to be completed. It takes being able to strategize, focus and commit to all of our tasks in life!

Thank you for reading and commenting on my thoughts for today! I hope you are having a great weekend and staying warm and dry. I prefer to stay inside today because it is both cold and rainy again! Tomorrow is supposed to be a warm day with some sunshine that is much-needed! Much love y’all, stay strong and positive!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa