taking a time-out

by tinglyfeeling on October 15, 2009

I stayed home from work today. Sick, but not so sick that I can’t take advantage of the bonus time. I need to take wellness days more often, to recharge and regain my bearings.

Time is such a swirl these days and with the holidays approaching–oh yes, they’re a-comin’ and fast–it’s only going to get worse. It’s gotten so I can’t keep track of my calendar. Either I mix up what day something is happening, even though I have written it down somewhere, or I just don’t know what day it is at all.

So, today, I’m taking care of some housekeeping items (fresh sheets, pay some bills, etc.) and taking care of myself. First order of business, eat something. It’s almost 2pm and I haven’t had any food. I’m going to blame my lack of appetite on the cold. But soon, I will be enjoying a nice, steaming-hot bowl of pho noodle soup. And maybe a Cafe Sua. I know coffee isn’t the best thing for a cold, but Vietnamese coffee is soooo good.

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  • dianejstandiford

    With Ms, looking out for YOU is job #1. (If possible! LOL) Sounds yummy.

  • http://twitter.com/CarlaRose Carla

    I'm learning more and more (from doctors) how important rest and sleep is for us MSers. Glad you were able to take care of yourself!

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com tinglyfeeling

    I'm slowly learning about how important rest is. You deserve some credit for that, actually–through reading about your experiences with fatigue on your blog, I realized that I need to make more of an effort to chillax, too. So thanks for helping me learn that lesson. :-)

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com tinglyfeeling

    Yes, you're right. It's hard when I still want to do EVERYTHING, but I'm learning to say no more often and prioritize my time so I have some room left over for rest.

    And the pho was really yummy. We're lucky to have so many great Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle. :-)

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/CarlaRose Carla

    Deep REM sleep actually helps the brain repair itself in a process called neuroplasticity – which is the repairing or remapping of the damaged brain. Some doctors feel that our MS fatigue is a result of our body/brain attempting to repair itself. I know there is a much more scientific explanation, but I have to research it more so that I can write it in a way that everyone can understand.

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com tinglyfeeling

    Well, I *do* like sleeping a LOT, so huzzah to REM sleep and neuroplasticity! How many hours of sleep do you average a night?

  • http://twitter.com/CarlaRose Carla

    I get about 8 to 10 a night depending on how I'm feeling. During a relapse, I would get about 11 to 12 but that was more difficult because I was working full-time at the time.

  • sarahellis

    Great blog! I'm a new reader, just surfing through all the MS bloggers. I'm on my way to a possible MS diagnosis so I enjoy reading about other peoples experiences while sharing mine on my own blog.

    All the best to you. Sarah

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