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Swank Day 5, Multiple Sclerosis, And Aches & Pains

Posted Jun 13 2009 12:38am
I ate too much yesterday, but I ate too much of good for me food, so I only lost 2 #'s down to 290. I need to do a better job pushing away from the table, or taking less food and putting the rest away. Losing 2 is better than gaining 2, but I want to do better. The girl came home from school last night, so we stayed up late, and that made me sleep late, so breakfast was a banana and a plum. Lunch was a tomato sammich, yellow tomatoes, a cup of raisins and prunes, and an apple. I had steamed shrimp last night in a hot pot with onions and bok choy and a bowl of rice. Tonight I'm thinking corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, and a piece of chicken I think.

Like I said, anytime I quit anything, I feel it in my legs, this time is no exception. I also have problems with my back, they tell me it's a bulging disk. I had one doc tell me the disk was a result of the gallons of steroids I took over the years. Back when I was diagnosed in '87, if you had a problem you took Prednisone. I think it may have been the only choice at the time, I can't remember. When my back acts up, I take Skelaxin and it usally does the trick in a couple of days. The problem is it also goes to work on the spasticity in my legs. I think the spasticity is the only thing that keeps my legs working!

I can remember thinking I would never get used to the numbness, it was horrible. I wished it would just go away. I didn't appreciate at the time that even with the numbness, I still had function. Some of the numbness has gone away, but it's been replaced with pain and disfunction. I don't write much, too hard to control the pen. Small things like washing your hair is hard, that's a long time to have your arms over your head. The worse part is the shower isn't the only tough thing you do in the bathroom. That's why I don't appreciate it when potentially helpful things are delayed because politicians don't feel morally good about them, or doctors don't see the benefit of other therapies. I wish I had the luxury of both!
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