ok, so recently I just celebrated an anniversary. It was the 20th anniversary of the 30 birthday. I do not celebrate birthdays because I refuse to have any more. 30 is enough and I don't want to be greedy by taking all of them. You are welcome to them. No cost, completely free.
As some of you know, I still work full time for the Texas State Marshall's Service in Intelligence. This is the only job I have ever had and it was offered to me as I was doing my dissertation of my PhD in Criminal Psychology. This is how I deal with MS symptoms.
Brain Fog: Your brain is like any muscle in your body. It needs exercise. I play mind games every day to remain sharp and fight off cognitive decline. You can find some on lumosity.com They can be fun and frustrating, but it track and see how you have improved. The more you play, the better the results.
Pain: We all know that there is nothing medical science can really do for our pain. I will tell you that I have learned that "perception is reality." You should sit and really think about your pain and change the way you feel about it. Just accept it as something your body does and it doesn't need you looking over it's shoulder why it's doing its thing so just add it as some your body does, like breathing, our beating hearts, out digestion. Ignore it and succumb to things that make you happy or make you laugh. Do that. Don't let yourself start a pity party because you have a little pain. Just try to remember that there are people who are a lot worse off than you. Quit being a baby and go hug a baby or watch videos on utube of things you like. I watch laughing babies. I feel that a baby is proof that there is a God.
Bladder issues. Wear protection. There are a lot of products you can but that are low profile and unnoticeable. You put them on like underwear. Those of you who don't wear underwear, watch a video on how to put them on or ask your mother. haha
Falling. This is something you are going to have to learn how to do because falling can be bad. When you are going to fall, do NOT try to stop it and DO NOT put your hands out to stop your fall. Tuck your arms in and roll over to land on your butt and back. That way you are already in position to laugh your ass off at how ridiculous you look staggering into church like you have drinking all morning.
Change your perception, change your world. If your friends want to do something and you don't feel like going out. Then invite them over. Tell them to bring wine, play some music, and just be together. If they are real friends, they won't hesitate.
Finally meditate. Get into a comfortable position. No it doesn't have to be cross legged on the floor with your hands on your knees with your thumb toughing your middle finger. haha Get comfortable, close your eyes and stop thinking about everything. Shut off your mind. When you do that. Then just imagine what you want to change. Only that. Nothing else. Not success nor failure of changing them. Not even why you want to change it. Just imagine changing it. When I meditate, I usually can not shut my brain down. So I start a metronome and listen to it slow steady clicking and that help. It does take practice so don't get discouraged.
Also do low impact yoga or go to a place that knows how to exercise for our condition.
Laugh at your failures, no matter how big.
Celebrate your victories, no matter how small.
If you are tired, take a nap. The cleaning can wait. it won't go anywhere.
And LOVE the friends you still have and forget about the fake ones you don't. LOVE your family who love you and support. Also tell them everytime you talk to them or just call them to tell them you love them. Hug them everytime you see them.
That is all, you may now resume your regularly scheduled programming.
Aaron from Hell (aka Texas)