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Redbanks, South Australia, Australia
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Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds

Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds
Ananka knows how to enjoy life - catch and eat birdies!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I need to care more for my body

The past few days my Wii Fit program is stumbling a little. For the past few weeks I was easily doing 30 minutes of Wii Fit exercises and more. I've struggled to get to 30 minutes for the past few days though.

I'm not sure why exactly that is, but I'm still putting the time in. I just take a short rest in between exercises as needed. My body knows what it needs and I need to listen to what my body says.

I went to a funeral today, and only did what I easily could. But I won't congratulate myself too much, because I forgot to do some things to help myself. It would have been good if I'd brought cold water with me. It would also have been good if I'd worn my special cool scarf.

I got this scarf from the MS Society, two of them actually. They soak up water and stay cool for ages. Tomorrow, if I go out, I'm going to wear my scarf! It goes around my neck, looks good and keeps me cool, who could ask for anything more?

Anyway, tomorrow morning, I'll get up and do my Wii Fit exercise. I have no expectations of how it will go, I'll just have to see how it goes. At least I'm doing something to help my body to help me!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Life isn't always Sweet and Rosy

The other day I had a bit of a collapse after getting home and parking on my front lawn. I couldn't get up by myself and had to wait for my son to get home from school and get a neighbour to help. The wait was about 30-45 minutes, but I was in the shade of my car, so it wasn't too terrible, just uncomfortable. (and to be honest, a little bit scary).
I wasn't kind enough to my body that day and I paid the price. I'm being much kinder to myself now, hoping to ward off another collapse. I now have had a vivid reminder of what can go wrong for me with the effects of my multiple sclerosis (MS)and heat. It's summer in Australia where I live, my first summer after being diagnosed with MS nearly a year ago.
I have notice if I get too hot when I'm out, I don't drive my little maunual Holden Barina as well as if I'm not tired and hot. I have a little trouble keeping the right amount of pressure on the accelerator. My foot wants to ease off and I have to carefully put just the right amount of pressure on. I've had my driving ability assessed though and I was deemed to be good enough to drive, so that's a good thing.
We have two cars, the other is bigger, an automatic Holden Anventra, with cruise control, which makes it easier to drive.
If I really need the automatic, Graham is happy enough for me to have it. Tomorrow though, he's driving into Adelaide to do our fruit and veg shopping at the Adelaide Central Market, and he wants the bigger car and I've said that's OK. I have something happening in Gawler tomorrow afternoon. If the weather's OK, I should be OK, but if it's too warm, I'll just stay home. Such is life. I'm all right with that.
So yes, there are less than pleasant things that happen in my life, but overall, I know I'm lucky, and I have a good time. I hope you can say the same thing.

Waiting for night to come

Waiting for night to come
I love sunsets