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Laughter is the BEST MEDICINE 5,000 steps

Friday, October 11, 2013





Yesterday was a rough day. Today is too. Hopefully my strength will improve through the day. Sometimes when things are challenging all you can do is HANG ON, try to smile and LAUGH.



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DH and I went for our morning walk. I was so EXCITED to get out of the house and walk on the new gravel trail that hugged the hills under the filtered sunlight. I LOVE WALKING. It's a PRECIOUS GIFT that I cherish the ability to do. I never take it for granted.











My body had other plans. I started on a new RX. for MS only to find I was having a reaction to it. It was only day 3 of the new RX. Unfortunately I have the kind of body that REACTS to most anything that comes into contact with it, medicine, food, dust, and pollen. I have no control over reactions.









I didn't have a clue until I tried to get out of the car to find I could barely move my legs, much less even take a step. I figured if DH and I linked our arms together that my legs would remember how to walk as sometimes they need the linking to get them going. I was DETERMINED TO WALK.









Slowly we trudged up the hill together arm in arm like a loving couple would do. It was so slow. My muscles were fighting. It TOOK ALL MY STRENGTH to put one foot in front of another. My legs felt like lead, so heavy as if they were glued to the magnetic strength of the earth. I PRESSED ON hoping that the feeling would leave.








Within a short period of time I was out of breath, breathing hard like a horse that has been in a long race. It's part of MS. When the muscles are working extra hard to move, I get winded easily, very quickly. It feels as if the muscles are fighting each other instead of working together in a coordinated fashion. It wears you out faster. I took 4 breaks on our short walk, disappointed with my body not working. It wasn't that I didn't want to walk, I didn't have the strength and ability to walk yesterday. We managed to walk 1/3 of a mile when I had to stop.


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My speech started changing, becoming slurred, hard to understand, like a drunk or someone who has had a stroke. My tongue felt heavy, slow, hard to move. I couldn't balance any longer without DH's arm. By the time we reached the car we had received several CONCERNED, WORRIED LOOKS from fellow walkers and joggers. I had to hold on to the side of the car while he unlocked the car and helped to lift my legs inside. I was loosing my ability to move, I was becoming PARALYZED. The muscles were not working. Yes, MS does that to you. If I didn't try to walk and exercise I would be paralyzed. I don't want to give in to it.









Sitting in the car I lost control of my trunk muscles. I could no longer control myself, I became floppy. When we got home I barely managed to make it to the couch with DH's assistance. I took off my Bioness and started removing my shoes, only to find I couldn't remove one shoe and sock. I couldn't move leg or bend it. I didn't have the strength to lift it with my hands. I broke down crying, shedding tears frustrated with my inability to move. DH had to remove my shoe and sock. Then he lifted me into his arms and gave me a slow, long, deeply meaningful hug to COMFORT me.















I spent most of the day in the recliner or bed, hardly able to move. I had to recline to support my floppy trunk. When I stood to use the bathroom or get a drink of water I would march in place holding on to objects. Yes, I had to get some steps in. It was super hard. I tried as hard as I could even with legs that felt like I could fall with the puff of a breeze and as heavy as lead. I moved. You see too many rest days weakens you. I have had too many of them. I am on my rebuilding journey.









I contacted the company that makes the medicine. Apparently my body was flooded with too much of a good thing which shut the receptors down in the brain which make the muscles work. The fix is simple. I have to wait until it is out of my body. When my walking returns to normal then I can resume the patches but cut the dose down to 1/4 of what a normal person would take. I also will shorten the dose to a couple of hours vs. wearing them all day. Sometimes too much of a good thing is bad for a person.








In the evening the effects of the RX. were decreasing a tiny bit. I marched off and on during the day even though it was soooo hard to move. I cheered myself up by posting funny photos on Spark. I was so sad until I saw some seriously funny photos which uplifted me. Laughter is the BEST MEDICINE. I smiled and had a cheerful attitude even though I could barely stand and walk. You see it's better to have a cheerful, uplifting attitude than to be with someone in tears, sad over what they can't control. I could control my ATTITUDE.









I couldn't even go outside due to the severe weakness. It was a furniture, wall holding day. I couldn't even get off of the John without help. Sigh. Laughter works for me. It helps me get through tough situations. Laughter is known for it's healing abilities. Laughter is IMPORTANT for health. I spread the cheer on Sparkpeople as I know what I feel may brighten someone else's day. Someone who many need cheering up as I did.









I am posting these facts because someone thought the photos were silly, not related to health. Laughter is the best medicine.














Laughter is a Blessing in our lives.







You see, I could of stayed in a bad, gloomy mood all day. It would of made the home feel gloomy filled with bad vibes, the kind no one wants to be around. OR I did what I did. I chose to laugh, be cheerful, to do healing things for my soul.



It was my way of fighting back. Dusting myself off, changing what could of been a gloomy day to a positive attitude. I did MINI SPARKS ALL DAY LONG instead of giving up. They were very tiny sparks, but they were sparks.








I FOUGHT MS all day. I fought hard. I got in 5,000 steps over the day. Yes most of it was holding on to the BACK OF THE RECLINER. I didn't let my reaction to the RX. stop me. I FOUGHT AS HARD AS I COULD. DH said I should rest, take it easy. Yes, I agree. But Sometimes the temptation to rest comes too often for me as the body has good days and bad days.







If I never got up and fight as hard as I can often my step count is only around the 3000 range. Days of 3,000 turn into weeks of 3,000 steps a day. I want more. I don't want my muscles to atrophy. When I only do 3,000 steps I go backwards in strength, my muscles on my legs shrink.









I had set a goal of 5,000 steps every day a while back. Since making it No matter how crappy of a day I was having I got in 5,000 steps. I met my minimal workout goal. I have higher goals for normal days - when I feel good.










Yesterday was super crappy in my ability to move, but not my Mental mood. I got up and fought. I fought hard for ever single step.








FIVE THOUSAND PRECIOUS STEPS !!!








Well, I have to RUN. It's time to make some wheat grass juice combined with a zucchini, green apples, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger.

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SUGARSMOM2 10/15/2013 9:53AM

  love all the things you show in your blogs . emoticon

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SIRENALEANNE 10/14/2013 5:25PM

    Very inspireing! Thank you friend! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/14/2013 9:39AM

    Excellent effort--you will overcome this--at least enough to live with it for a long time!!

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NITTINNANA 10/13/2013 4:14PM

    Your real SparkFriends are always rooting for you. I've never had a negative comment, but I rarely bare my soul in a blog. You're a better person than I'd be tempted to be. If I had one like what you refer to, I'd probably not delete it. And if it came as an e-mail, I might even copy it and then post it as a comment on the blog this person referred to. That way, other people could see what was said.

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GARDENQE2 10/13/2013 4:07PM

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SUGARBABY60 10/13/2013 3:22PM

    What a lovely blog. You have a wonderful DH in your life too.

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RANDOMLY_HONEST 10/13/2013 10:59AM

    Wow, you are such an inspiration that no matter our fitness level, we can always push a little more.

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AJDOVER1 10/13/2013 12:53AM

    Thanks so much for your blogs! You bring so much to this journey we share.
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BRENDA_G50 10/12/2013 10:49AM

    There will always be nay sayers (like the one I read yesterday complaining that when you post your blogs on SP they should be centered on health only). Apparently she had not read many of your blogs to get to know how emoticon and inspiring you really are. One of my nieces has MS, so I know what you are talking about. She struggles with it on a daily basis and also has a wonderful husband that really loves her just like your DH. I'm so proud of you for never giving up. More of us should have just half of the determination that you have shown.

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/12/2013 1:50AM

    Thanks!

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PHOENIX1949 10/12/2013 1:15AM

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COCK-ROBIN 10/12/2013 12:11AM

    Thank you! I needed a laugh after a rough day at work.

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/11/2013 9:43PM

    Fingers crossed the medication works when decreased, instead of the overcoming with goodness thingy. You are a remarkable woman emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 10/11/2013 9:08PM

    What an exhausting and scary ordeal! I wish I was able to reach out with a big ((hug)). You're totally incredible in that you can think of laughing when many would remain overwhelmed with tears. Keep up the good fight and feel better!

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4RASCALS 10/11/2013 8:43PM

    You are a warrior, you are also a winner. I am so inspired by your determination to push yourself forward. Hope the change to your meds will help

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JACKIE542 10/11/2013 6:52PM

    So inspiring!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2013 6:02PM

    You are a she-ro! I am so proud of your "can do" attitude. So sorry it is so difficult for you with medicine. Hope that cutting the dose down does the trick for you.

HUGS sweetie.

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MAGGIEVAN 10/11/2013 3:24PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am always amazed that people with the best reasons not to move is fighting so hard to do just that. Congrats with choosing a good attitude.

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/11/2013 2:33PM

    Good for you for fighting back! It is not the easiest way, refusing to let your limitations define you and refusing to let them control you. This blog reminded me why I am here at SPARK and doing challenges and sticking it out - because we all deserve to be as fit and healthy as possible and that takes committment from each of us to do what is right and follow through.


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BIGPAWSUP 10/11/2013 2:25PM

    OMG. You are an amazing inspiration!!! I'm sitting here reading this asking what my stupid excuse is? Power, strong, wonderful, amazing - that is YOU!

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SANDRALEET 10/11/2013 2:14PM

    There is nothing that some how we do not get trough God be with you and give you strength

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SEAJESS 10/11/2013 1:44PM

    Oh, sweetie.... emoticon

You are facing so many challenges from a cruel and harsh disease. You wouldn't be human if you weren't sad, discouraged and afraid sometime.

You ARE an inspiration by your practice of gratitude and your determination to do what you can with what you have. Thank you for being so much bigger than your challenges, thank you for the inspiration and the example. You're a miracle.

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JPVALPO24 10/11/2013 1:37PM

    Awesome blog, you are so inspiring and sweet! I love your pictures too, you definitely brought a smile to my face and reminded me that every day is preicious and to not waste it on negativity. You see the positive in everything and it is so awesome. I agree that laughter is the best medicine! Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing your inspiring story emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIGER_LILY_613 10/11/2013 1:31PM

    Your determination leaves me speechless. You are a true fighter. I doff my hat to you.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/11/2013 1:18PM

    Wow, you brought tears to my eyes and goose bumps to my arms. You are one very motivated individual. We should all have your Fantastic Attitude. I do believe in Laughter as the best medicine and I have used it during some very bad times. I also am grateful I can walk and when I see someone wheelchair bound I almost always say a thank you prayer. I am thankful and I wish you the best.

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DIGIRO 10/11/2013 1:15PM

    You are so positive & uplifting - I truly enjoy your blogs, share them with all my friends & family - even the off-color portions. You know what works for your body - keep pushing for your goals with a huge smile on your face. Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/11/2013 1:14PM

    You are so inspirational. emoticon

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CELEST 10/11/2013 1:13PM

    love this.

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GERIKRAGH 10/11/2013 1:03PM

    I love your blogs. You can tell you are creative and take time to think about them.

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DS9KIE 10/11/2013 1:01PM

    I love it how you STILL get 5,000 step in even when you can't walk and your holding on to walls...just so emoticon

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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 10/11/2013 12:57PM

    Such impacting words, ones I needed to hear. What really got me was when you talked about the things you can't control but you can always control your attitude! What a powerful message this was. Like the person who posted below, this blog also made me realize the importance of a good attitude, laughter, and being thankful.

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PGHP31CK 10/11/2013 12:53PM

    Woohoo!! You got your steps in!! Your attitude is amazing, and your courage and enthusiasm are inspirational!! You're right -- there IS some good in every day. What a blessing that you choose to focus on the positive!

Thank you for the courage & honesty to share your journey with us. Praying that the RX will sort itself out soon, and that today and tomorrow will be better days.

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Also sending a hug for your DH-- sounds to me like you have a strong, amazing man in your life!

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3016DEBRA 10/11/2013 12:53PM

  What a great blog! Thanks so much!!! emoticon

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-BLESSINGS- 10/11/2013 12:52PM

    another AWEsome Blog... thank you sooooo much for sharing with us...

~HUGS~

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RICKI157 10/11/2013 12:45PM

    I think it is great you have such a positive attitude and it has to be very hard to keep up sometimes. I have been feeling bad for myself because I was recently diagnosed with diabetes Type 2. I have been trying to eat right and better and I have been walking every day for 30 minutes like my doctor said to do and using my insulin but have been depressed. Reading your blog made me realize I need to change my attitude and be thankful for all the good in my life. Thank you!!!!!
My father had MS and I know it is a real struggle and a harsh disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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KAB7801 10/11/2013 12:35PM

    OMG! You are my hero!

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