Finding Calm

By Lauren Kovacs

Minus some bad ideas, let’s cope with being stuck. Exploring new things can eat up time, no calories. I know the fridge and I are now best  friends.

Try to find ways to keep busy. Read, put yourself in a “show hole” by watching something or do some yoga.

I take my scooter out and one of my sons walks with me around our neighborhood. Fresh air and Vitamin D does a body good. Soon it will be hot enough to melt an iceberg so, I enjoy the weather now.

I like to read, but it does make me sleepy. Getting lost in a good book is always good. If I can stay awake, while reading, it allows me to analyze what I read. Good mental exercise.

I play word games on my phone and that is also good mental exercise. My day does not all revolve around MS, however; I love crime shows. I do also love silence and watching the birds on the feeder. Granted, not exciting.

My boys are teens now and not into crafts anymore. The dog is old and sleeps a lot, plus hubby is working from home. Lots of time alone with a full house.

I watch things that I might have never have considered. I never would have seen the woodpecker, had I not watched the bird feeder. I like learning new stuff. I have recently gotten cozy with The History Channel.

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Comments

  • Jeanne Wolniewicz says:

    How are people dealing with humidity..If I’m out grocery, by the time I get back, I am dealing with foot drop.

    • Angel Blair says:

      Hi Jeanne, thank you for reaching out with your comment. I’m sorry to hear of the challenges you experience with MS and heat sensitivity and the resulting foot drop issues, you’re definitely not alone in this. Through the MSAA we actually offer a cooling vest program that provides ice-pack cooling garments to wear on the body to help with heat sensitivity. You can find the program information and application on our website here if this might be of help, https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/. Also, for feedback and perspective from others living with MS dealing with similar heat issues, you can connect with individuals through MSAA’s online peer support forum, My MSAA Community, https://mymsaa.org/msaa-community/my-msaa-community-forum. Your doctor may have recommendations for the MS symptom issues as well. If you have additional questions please feel free to email MSQuestions@mymsaa.org. Thank you again for reaching out and take care. Angel, MSAA Client Services Specialist

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