Monday, March 14, 2011

Patience Is A What???

According to the MS website, many people with MS experience fatigue, hypersensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and other symptoms that can drag them down during the day. It suggests that MS patients should plan outdoor activities during times of the day that are cooler (during warm seasons) or warmer (during the winter). It states that if you know you usually get tired in the middle of the afternoon, schedule the work that requires the most energy in the morning and save less strenuous tasks for the afternoon. Also, be open to not getting things done right on schedule all of the time. Sometimes you need to give yourself a break and realize that the world isn’t going to end if you don’t get a particular chore done.
That sounds logical.  It is also, at times, impossible to follow.  Sometimes there are things that need doing and you just have to try and do them whether you feel like it or not.  That is when many MS patients have accidents.  In trying to push ourselves to “be normal”, we often get ahead of our bodies and end up with broken bones or stitches.  There are days that putting one foot in front of the other is the hardest thing I do all day.  On those days, if I try to do things that require me walking from here to there very much, I am putting myself in jeopardy.  It just is not worth the risk.
There are days my mind goes crazy with things I want to do.  Those are the hardest to deal with.  Patience is not an MS virtue!

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