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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!

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.

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