Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today's MS Treatment

As morning sun was rising I could feel it's heat on my back as I reached half way up that dreaded hill. I haven't walked this road in three days now.  So, it was not only a challenge to reach the hill, but to get to its top, was even harder. 

It's been a long time it seems since I used this hill for my treatment againest my M S. By walking this road and hill as a part of my treatment to fight Multiple Sclerosis, in the post I have had success to contol my symptoms and stay active. I felt wonderful and energetic. 

I desire to have that feeling back. I know it's going to be hard to reach that point once again. But, I am not giving up! 

Today I had my Buddy (dog), Moose with me to keep me company. The beautiful weather outside was perfect.  I was sure to take my Recovery Drink upon my return, as it seems to help with the soreness of my leg muscles. 

I am so thankful for this wonderful weather we are having. Have your self a fantastic day! 

MS and Living Life 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hydro One Power Outage

“Cmon hydro one. get your shit together. Heat and running water would be nice I am sure your families all have warmth and water so get your asses in gear and do your dam job and give us hydro that we pay up the ass for.”  ... was a comment I reed this morning on Social Media, Facebook.

At this day and age of social media, as well as living in a small community in Northern Ontario, I was totally disappointed that people can be still so rude. The following comments on the feed where people, whom feel the same as I.  Feeling shocked and noting this behavior is uncalled for.  They where defending the hydro workers that are working hard to regain our hydro back for us.

First of all, these workers are working all hours to restore our hydro.  Possibly leaving their own families in the dark with no heat or running water either.  Yes it is their job but bashing them isn't going to help get the work done any faster.

Second of all, as mentioned in the article bellow they have also hired other companies to come in to assist in this restoration process. To try and make this happen quicker.

I am sitting here wondering how so many people can be so greedy and self centred as to think ,"they" should get things restored quicker then anyone else?  

We live in Northern Ontario where this does happen! And often!

Yes we pay too much for our hydro services.  However, these people are human and they too are paying the same rates as we are.  They do have families in the dark, no running water, cold and, so on!  I get it!

Let us get this straight people.  Compassion and a little appreciation goes a long way.  Giving these workers a hard time isn't helping anything.  I have friends who do this line work of all ages. Let me tell you some of the stories they have told of how rude people are to them, is nothing but disrespectful.

Stopping and telling them thank you for their work is an act of kindness that so many have forgotten. This small gesture not only makes them feel appreciated but helps them quickly and efficiently complete the job.

Take this outage as a  note to better prepare for the next one. Because it is going to happen.  This Ontario and this is fall and getting close to winter.  Pull together and help your nabours and friends by offering them some warmth. Those who have the capabilities of generators offer a quick shower or a supply of water. Offer batteries candles for lights. Most stories here in our area have back up generators to help provide food and supplies in these times.

Look at this as what did you learn out of this power outage?

Where you ready for it?

What do you need if there where another outage?

Do you have enough supplies on hand like; water, can foods, blankets batteries and gas for your generators?

Do you have enough propane so you can boil or cook with your outdoor barbecue?

Lets get your own emergency plain and supplies in order so you will feel better prepared for out next outage.

So ... I am thankful for having the utilities we do have that makes life so much more enjoyable. 

Leaving you today in positive thoughts to better prepare for unplanned outages.
Please share with me how you plan ahead for our northern outages.

Wishing you well.

MS and Living Life..

Updated Power outage information and image gathered from
Almaguin News

Friday, November 6, 2015

How Apple Technology with MS makes my life so much more enjoyable

I am so thankful for my Apple Products!

I just red a complete blog post, that took me five minutes and I don't remember anything about it! Have you ever had that problem?

Man, I hate it when this happens to me! So, yes I go back and try and reed it again.  Today seems okay but, somedays I find my eyes wont even focus on the letters on the screen at alone the words.  Realizing my eyes are reading but I an not taking in the information.  Also at times my eyes are jumping all over and can not focus on the lettering.   Some days making it bigger does help! It does get frustrating. So, I enjoy the days the monster within isn't trying to play jokes on me.  


I must say, apple and their I products like my; MacBook Air, iPhone, or iPad, I just couldn't want to live without anymore!  I am sorry people that are android lovers. I don't know much about android, but I am sold on Apple.  Android may have these features?

I absolutely love Apples built in function of  selecting text, then having it to read to me! This helps me write these blog posts.  Helps with my spelling as well as making the content sound the way I want it to for, you the reader.  I am sure there are programs one can use for this use as well for other systems. Plus, for myself, I now find it hard to learn new technology so I prefer to stick with apple products for now.  I started out years ago using Windows.  Apple and Mac products in my opinion at this time, far pass the functions I now depend on.

Selecting Text to read to you! 

You see, often when people with Multiple Sclerosis, M S, have vision and comprehension problems. Sometimes due to a flare up or even just being a symptom, the M S monster within is trying to toy with us on that day. 

I still have so much to learn on this lap top with the new technology of these times. Only if I could have had this when  I was in school, like they do now! I think back, and remember all the struggles I had. Which played with my own self worth and confidence.

I remember, one grade being an exceptional student.  I was reading and writing learning so much then, BAM! Starting the next school year not being able to read a thing. Not remembering what I reed and was struggling with Math. Thinking there was something wrong with me.  I am thankful my teachers noticed, my struggles and gave me the extra attention I needed.  But non of us had a clue it was, possibly,  M S!

Another function I love about my iPhone is  that I can talk into it and it types everything out. Then if it is an email or text, Siri will send it off for me!  Although I haven't figured all my functions on my MacAir, I am happy with the iPhone and iPad being capable of doing what I use it for. I mainly use my iPhone. Looking things up on google, it is a treat to have my phone read all the information for me.  On my bad days it actually helps me remember what is in the article.

Sitting at my MacAir, or what some may call it, [Lap Top] I do find while creating my blog post, I am more creative using my fingers to type. It gives me a more hands on feeling that I am speaking to my readers. 

Speaking of speaking to my readers.  Just as most phones now have the capabilities of creating videos.   Which honestly, is something I would like to implement in my blog posts in the future. For those like me that have bad days, and would rather watch the video instead of trying to reading an article.

I would like to hear how technology has helped you! Please feel free share this with me by commenting in the comment section bellow this post.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

MS and Living Life. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 5th, Thankful the Beautiful Fall Weather

Today I am so thankful for so much. The weather was so beautiful.  This morning we woke with the sun burning the fog off the water and trees around our pond.

I sat on the porch to drink my coffee as the sun beamed through the tree tops. The birds where singing welcoming its, presence.  The warmth reached out and started the day off just right.  

Oh yes! I got out for my walk!  I managed to push myself up this gigantic hill, without stopping!

Reaching the top always give the beautiful view of Lake Bernard!  Gives a great since of a achievement for myself.  My legs where killing me as I pushed myself not to quit. 

Not to mention I had the company of my daughter with me.  She always seems to be there to push me to exercise and keep my legs moving.  Which is great, because she doesn't allow me to give in to the MS monster within, who seems to think I shouldn't be active.  It is like a constant battle with MS to keep it from laying around on the couch. 

I am so thankful for the sun and beautiful temperatures today of 20'C/62'F.  Also for the company because I am sure I wouldn't have attempted to walk to the top of that hill if I where by myself today.   This did allow me to complete my old three and a half mile walk.  I am also thankful for the recovery drink I consumed after I got home to repair my leg muscles. I know it always helps for the evening and the next days activities.

What did you do today in this wonderful weather? Please let me know in the comments bellow.

Have a wonderful day!

MS and Living Life.

November Thankful Challenge 2015

November Thankful Challenge 2015

November Thankful Challenge with msandlivinglife

This November I have decided I will do a Thankful Challenge.  In which I will be posting things that I am thankful for in each post. Soon the holiday season will be near.  Not everyone has a wonderful holiday.  I am thinking this challenge may help prepare and help those face the season with a positive outlook. 

I have learned that we must exercise focusing on the positive things we see and have in our lives, to help fight depression.  It is much easier for people to fall into the routine of seeing the negative things that we experience day to day.  Which then can put us into a down word spiral that never seems to stop.  

It is a fact, you can google, that we can retrain the wiring in our brains to see the positives we experience and see.  I don't mean, ignore the bad things we face in our lives. But, I truly have become to believe that all things happen for a reason.  That reason can be good,bad, Positive, or Negative.  It is a choice, I have learned to make.  I admit it, it can be a hard task to do. With time it has become easier when carried out.

When I feel down or just plain bummed out, I often go to my gratitude journal. Start each day to write three things each day down that is positive that has happened.  Even, if it is the smallest of things.

Like; "I woke up this morning. The sun was shining and I managed to get dressed."

This can be our last thoughts while we lay down each night as well.  Just trying to lay there and think of three things that happened to you that day. Even the smallest of things count!

Within time, you will find yourself finding more important things you will be thinking of pointing out. For instance; "So and so called me today, I actually got allot accomplished today. I had a good laugh today! I am so happy I didn't go to the gym today.  There was a fire there today."

Try this and let me know in the comments bellow how you make out?

Have a wonderful day,

MS and Living Life... Sherry