Never give up!

Have a peaceful dayGood evening y’all! I hope you have had a pleasant day and you are feeling well! I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my site and definitely do encourage your comments, I do promise to respond as quickly as I possibly can!

No matter the pain and/or discomfort I may feel, this pesky little thing called MS will never control my life! I will make small and simple adjustments to accommodate the MS to remain comfortable in my life, but I am still determined to live my life in ways that bring me the most joy!

This massive heat wave so many of us are experiencing is causing me to feel extremely fatigued, but letting that run my life is just not an option. Like I said, small andheat wave simple adjustments need to be made at times and to not be exposed to the heat too much is one adjustment that I am willing to make! I was able to adjust my hours at work so the initial part of my day isn’t in the extreme heat, well that was not really the reason for the adjustment of my hours, but it does help other issues as well. I get to work around 7 am which is early, but the sun has not been heating the world up quite yet! Usually I will leave work between 1 and 2 when it is pretty hot and my car feels like a mobile sauna, but I will sit for about 5 minutes with the windows down allowing for the a/c to start blowing cold air! I can not drive when it is too hot because I will feel very faint, which is pretty dangerous! If I have to go to the grocery store, I always try to go do not confuseeither early in the morning or later in the evenings when the sun has gone down. These slight adjustments to handle the heat work fairly well for me at least.

On a crazy plus side, my migraine has taken a short break to allow the other pains I feel play their part in my day-to-day life. Honestly I would much prefer my back and legs to hurt rather than having a massive migraine. The pain I feel constantly in my back and legs is aggravating and makes things a little difficult, but at least I can still function. Even though it is insanely hot outside I will still use my “friend” the heating pad when I am in my chilly work office or at my house. It seems a little strange that the heat outside makes me feel terrible, but my heating pad heals my pain! Maybe it is more the humidity outside making me feel all the darn fatigue. Who knows!?

I am truly happy to say that with the migraine taking a vacation I was able to work six and a half hours for the past two days! I have made a promise to myself to never give up dont give uppushing myself to work additional hours each week. Truthfully there might be times I do not have the strength to increase my hours, but that will never mean it isn’t possible.

I hope y’all have a peaceful and relaxing evening! I hope you are feeling well and taking the time to think about your own needs, which we often tend to neglect. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love❤ and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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It is officially Summer

summer solsiticeGood evening y’all! I got so caught up with my rant earlier, I completely forgot today is the first day of summer☀. Although I think down here in the south, summer had already started a month ago! When you have warm temperatures in February, which was supposed to be winter, what can summer possibly hold for us? For the foreseeable further temperatures are going to be in the 90’s! These temperatures are nice if you are at the beach🏖 or have swimming pool, but on a normal day they can be torture!!! I think it is safe to say we are in for one ☀HOT summer!

When you live with an illness such as Multiple Sclerosis, it is extremely important to stay as cool as possible. I have heard from numerous people that cooling vests can be very beneficial, so this year I am thinking I might need to give them a chance. Also, staying hydrated is vital to everyone’s health. When you simply go outside to your car, which is normally a short walk, you can be drenched before the air conditioning has a chance to work! I am lucky that normally when I leave the house for work it is early, so typicallyits getting hot the sun☀ has not had a chance to heat things up much, but my goodness when I leave in the afternoon it is insanely🌅 HOT! I try to let the a/c start working before I start my drive home so I do not get overheated and then feel faint. When I have to do the one thing I already dread doing, grocery shopping, I try to either go earlier in the day or after the sun goes down🌛 to avoid too much of the heat. Do y’all have any certain things you do to avoid the nasty heat? Honestly with the way I have already been feeling, I might be a little worried about the summer heat! 

I hope y’all have a nice, relaxing and cool evening! Thank goodness it is almost Friday, which leads us to a two-day weekend! Even though I missed two days of work this week, I am still looking forward to two days away from waking up way too early for work! As always your comments are encouraged and appreciated. I do plan to do more posts about ways to handle the heat, so hopefully they will be helpful for y’all! As always, I am always sending y’all LOTS of ❤love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

How does humidity affect Multiple Sclerosis?

Have a wonderful dayGood morning Y’all! We thankfully made it through another Monday and now we are on to having a happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well so far and you are feeling as good as you possibly can!

As y’all can probably tell, I live in the south and down here I swear we only have two maybe two and a half season, all of which are pretty warm! Now that it is “spring”, but really the weather feels more like ☀summer, it is always either HOT ☀or HOT and RAINY🌧! I know all the doctors say that heat is the worst thing for those with MS, but honestly I use a heating pad for the majority of the day and do perfectly fine for the most part when I get to go to my happiest place the beach🏖! I feel strongly that the brutal humidity is WAY worse for me than any hot temperatures I have experienced! Not only does the nasty humid air cause my hair to do wild things, it trump-bad-hair-day-e1436799992357also makes me feel absolutely terrible including SO much additional fatigue! This picture is how I feel like my hair looks on the humid days! Pretty tragic, isn’t it??! I am sorry to bring him into this, but it seemed to fit perfectly when talking about hair doing crazy things!

Many people with Multiple Sclerosis do experience a worsening of their symptoms when the weather is either hot or humid. The elevated ms and humiditytemperatures impairs the ability of the demyelinated nerves to conduct electrical impulses. The good thing is though, the adverse effects of temperatures and humidity are typically a temporary issue and will get better once you are cooler off. However, the bad news is it can and does take longer to recover from these issues if your body gets overheated. There is always that annoying good news bad news scenario! This time of year, that lasts about 10 months is really quite frustrating for me, but I always make it through!!

How do y’all deal with humidity and heat? Does it have an adverse affect on your health? Do you have any good tips that work well for you? I have heard the normal tips, like avoid extreme temperatures, which is pretty impossible when living in the🌻 south. But, I have also heard about cooling vests, which I honestly have not tried yet. Also the obvious, stay inside with air conditioning but staying hydrated is extremely important as well! This actually helps me drink more water, as normally I really do not. I know that is not a good thing, but I have never been the best at drinking water. 

Thank y’all for visiting my site! I always appreciate you taking the time to read and I LOVE your comments as well, which I will definitely respond to as quickly as I can! Please always remember that I am sending y’all LOTS of ❤love & comfort! 

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Rainy Sunday

have-a-peaceful-good-evening-52650-14376Good Evening and Happy Sunday❤!  I hope y’all have had a nice and pleasant weekend. It always amazes me how fast the weekend flies by! I hope y’all were able to rest up and are prepared for a new and hopefully amazing new week!

Do you notice increased pain when it 🌧rains? Have you ever wondered why the rain can be so soothing to hear, but yet cause all you SO much additional pain at the same time? Well, I of course became so curious to get some real true answers considering all Mother Nature wants to do right now is rain I had to do a little of my own research.

After reading on several different websites including https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52133, I have found it is all pretty much due to barometric pressure. When the pressure in the atmosphere is low, rainy days are painful daysclouds and rain is much more likely. Dampness has a tendency to increase our pain and stiffness because of the reduction of pressure in the atmosphere which allows the bodily fluids to move from blood vessels to tissues and in turn causes swelling and pressure on the nerves in those tissues.🌧 Also it causes an increase in fluids on the affected joints. Pressure on the nerves and joints will naturally cause an increase in pain and stiffness

Let me just ask, how do you handle these 🌧rainy and painful days? Does the rain🌧 cause you more pain and stiffness? I try to stay inside, but what about tomorrow when it is going to be raining once again and I have to leave the house for work? I just tend to keep my trusty heating pad with me at all times and it helps some, but it is not as magical as I would like it to be!

I want to thank y’all for visiting my site today. ❤I appreciate all of your support more than words can even begin to say! I hope you had a great weekend and I hope you have a great start to your week. I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can! Remember, I am always sending you LOTS of ❤love, support and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Half Way There!

Wednesday SmileGood morning Y’all! It may not be where you are living, but so far where I live it has been a 🌧rainy week with no end in sight. I thought a happy thought this morning would make y’all smile, even it is just for a momen that is worth it for me. I want y’all to have happy days!

Y’all already know that I have been experiencing a lot of pain for over a week now, so you know the rain is not going to help that at all! I will hold onto my hopes for some pretty sunny days in my future! I think that ☀sunshine brings so much happiness to our lives and it gives us all some natural Vitamin D which is good for our health! 

I know I have already asked you this before, but I am needing your amazing advice please! Do any of you know of any good leg stretches that may help my leg issues? I am willing to try just about anything in order to get some kind of relief!

I hope y’all have a wonderful day and hope you are feeling great! As always I am sending y’all LOTS of love❤ and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Happy Friday!

GoodmorningwishesonFridaypictures3-compressedGood morning Y’all! I hope you had a wonderful week and you are looking forward to a beautiful weekend! It is amazing how fast the weather has changed from being pretty chilly, to sunshine and warmth! I am so thankful for the natural vitamin D the sunshine has to offer us all, I just hope y’all get to enjoy this as well!

I try to not make too many plans over the weekend and just use weekends as restful time. We spend the entire week dedicated to our jobs and often neglect ourselves, so the two days we get for the weekend should be spent doing what makes us happy❤! I also avoid making plans for the weekend because I never know how I am going to be feeling so instead of disappointing others, it is just best to play things by ear! If myself and my husband are both feeling well we can set up something that we want to do, but if one or both of us is not feeling our best we do not have to do anything at all! It works for us and most people do understand this! 

I made a decision today that I am going to try my best to increase the hours I work each failure not an optionday from 6 to 7 hours starting Monday. I am hopeful that I will be successful with this goal, but if for some reason I am not I will not be too hard on myself and just keep trying. I think it is extremely important to set goals and try your hardest to achieve those goals, but also not beat yourself up if it does not work out on the first try! Not achieving goals you set is not failure, giving up is the only way to really fail yourself! 

I hope y’all wake up and feel great today so you can enjoy your Friday! Maybe feeling well on Friday will pave the path for a fabulous weekend! I certainly hope y’all are feeling great today and I hope you have a wonderful day! Remember to be easy on yourself and take care of your needs everything else will just fall into place! I always appreciate you visiting my site and value your comments which I will always respond to as quickly as I can! Never forget that I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa❤

Dreary Sunday

Well spent SundayGood afternoon Y’all! I hope you have had an incredible weekend! I do believe it is important to live each moment to the fullest, as we do not know what tomorrow may hold for us. I am not saying to dwell on what could happen, but love others and life-like tomorrow does not exist, so there is not anything to regret! No one wants to live with the feeling of regret!

Do y’all do anything special on Sunday in preparation for the week ahead? Is Sunday your day to catch up on rest or get everything done you are not able to do during the week? In the past, I made Sunday my day to get all the cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry done, but now I am making Sunday a day to do things I want, no matter what that is. It may be resting or it may be cleaning, but regardless of what I do, it is not planned like the rest of my week! I think we all need a day that is completely unplanned and definitely not full of chaos. 

Lately I have been once again dealing with some extreme pain and as difficult as it is I am trying to not allow this pain to consume me! It is not easy to fight against the pain, but it does not help matters to give up and sit around crying about it. Tears may fall, but there is no amount of tears that will stop the pain I feel. 

Currently, I have been experiencing something new and I am not sure if it is related to Thoughts arrive like butterfliesthe MS or not. I have lost some of my abilities to taste, which seems a little odd. I did read about this and it can occur due to lesions on the brain. Considering I do not want to think there are new or active lesions, I am choosing to ignore this very mild issue. I am not one that enjoys food, so it does not matter that much! I am just accepting it and moving on!

I have heard from so many people who there must be some kind of special diet I can do for the MS to avoid any new issues. I have to say that is a pretty obnoxious thing to hear so often. In all honesty, there is no special diet that is going to cure MS or prevent further issues from happening. It is very clear for everyone that a well-balanced diet is healthy, but it does not offer a cure for anything! Everyone should already understand that over-eating is not a wise thing to do and will cause weight problems. We can all figure out if anything we eat causes us to feel worse and then we can avoid those specific foods. I am pretty stubborn, so when people are constantly talking to me about what I should eat I do the opposite. My doctors have been on my case for years about what I should weigh, but I hover around the same no matter what I do. I do not normally gain any weight and depending on what I am going through lose weight. Even if according to BMI calculators I am under weight, I feel like I am fine! 

Throughout life we are confronted with so many decisions we have to make. Sometimes we might make the wrong decisions, but that does not mean we have to stop living. I believe that the decisions we make that were not the best choice actually makes us Whispers of your heartstronger. Most of us learn from the bad decisions and hopefully do not make them again. I am a pretty emotional person so most of my decisions come from the heart. However, the bad decisions I make come from  negative feelings and maybe some angry feelings I have! Previously all my decisions surrounding the MS were solely based on fear, but now I am able to make rational and logical decisions about my health care because I educate myself on everything the doctors suggest. I do believe that if we listen more to what our heart is telling us, we will feel happier and more satisfied with life! Our heart knows what is right and wrong! 

Thank you for visiting my site today and I would love to read your thoughts! I learn so much from y’all because you are all so insightful! Most of us are battling with an illness, but we handle it with nothing but grace and strength! Who would have ever thought we had resilience and strength to continue fighting even when we are in so much pain? Not allowing an illness to take control of our daily lives is not easy, but we are all doing it every day and for that we should all be extremely proud! I know this post was a little all over the place, but I had a lot on my mind! I hope the rest of your Sunday is spent doing what makes you smile! A smile can make a big difference in everyone’s life! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa