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Back in my school days, there were two types of copies: the ones with the lines and the ones with the squares. A protractor was about as sophisticated as my pencil case got - although, I was ecstatic to find lethal weapons (set-square and compass) therein! Things have gotten much more complicated...
Published by Joan Jordan on Thursday August 28 2014 11:00 AM
I think I have an aversion to the World Cup. In July 2010 I ended up in hospital, and was subsequently diagnosed, with MS. Roll on 4 years, and I was back. I was in a different hospital, and the relapse was totally different than my previous one, but the drill was the same. In the 4 years ...
Published by Niamh McCarron on Thursday August 21 2014 11:00 AM
Recently I took a trip with some of my fellow bloggers to Lisbon. During a chat over coffee with one of the ladies the subject of "When I was diagnosed" came up. It inspired me to go rooting though my college boxes when I got home and I found a notebook I had while I was going thr...
Published by Aoife Kirwan on Thursday August 14 2014 11:01 AM
The View From Here: Opinions From a Life With Multiple Sclerosis *While some of the fun others experience from an Irish summer can be lost on us, there is no reason people with multiple sclerosis can’t enjoy a good summer read * A dip in the cold sea, the sting of salt & vinegar ...
Published by Trevis Gleason on Thursday August 07 2014 11:00 AM
Three years ago, my computer died a sudden, premature and grizzly death. No warning! Just gave up the ghost during a Google search. I lost EVERYTHING! Apart from teaching me the hard way to make regular backups, I had to embark on a treasure hunt to recover any paper copies of important documents...
Published by Joan Jordan on Thursday July 31 2014 11:00 AM
We need 'focus' in our everyday lives to achieve our goals or targets. We need self-discipline to stay on track. Our battle with Multiple Sclerosis is a never ending battle and there are very few lulls in the fighting and because of that we need focus more than most. The need for focus begins wit...
Published by Declan Groeger on Thursday July 24 2014 11:00 AM
Back in my school days, there were two types of copies: the ones with the lines and the ones with the squares. A protractor was about as sophisticated as my pencil case got - although, I was ecstatic to find lethal weapons (set-square and compass) therein! Things have gotten much more complicated in the year of the loom band with all kinds of paraphernalia to be bought before September the first. I spread the Back to School chores out over the Summer holidays this year. I had a stressful few days late last August when I witnessed the manic look my fellow parents get in their eyes when they realise that the last B4 Handwriting copy available in the county is up for grabs. I saw two grown women almost come to blows over the queue in the bookshop and it was not pretty! You need to be at the top of your game and having an illness like MS does not marry well with stressful situations. I always start out the new school year with good intentions. We will NOT be late! We will NOT forget it is P.E. day! We will get the homework done as SOON as we get home. We will be MORE cheerful than the von Trapps. We will ENJOY tasty and nutritious lunches (even though one child only likes garlic bread and the other is always way too busy chatting to eat anything in school). As the school year goes on - things start to unravel a bit. New shoes get scuffed. Knees get grazed. Tears fall and get wiped away. The unachievable makes way for the “good enough”. It’s important to rejoice in those days when nothing in particular happens. When we are just living. When the homework gets done eventually and we all go to bed happy-ish! The kids are of an age now where they understand a bit more about my MS. They know I like to take an afternoon siesta and quite often I say the wrong word when I meant another one. They know I am not one for long walks and they will probably never witness me running (unless I have caught sight of the last B4 Handwriting copy!). Sometimes, they ask me if the doctor has made me better or if I “still” have the MS. They have gotten used to my illness, as I suppose, have I. This isn’t a prescriptive blog. I’m not telling you about a white paper I have read or a pill you can take to improve your life. It’s about daily, beautiful, boring life going on - despite MS.
Community blog nominated for award Blog Awards Ireland works to celebrate the best in Irish blogging! There are over 32 categories and the competition was fierce but we are thrilled that our ever-growing community blog, MS and Me, has made it to the short-list in the Blog Awards Ireland Best Group Blog! This is an incredible achievment thanks, in no small part, to our talented and dedicated blog team and wer so proud of everything we have achieved with this blog so far. A list of finalists will be announced on the 19th September and the overall winner will be announced at the award ceremony in October. Keep your fingers crossed for MS & Me! Find out more: MS & Me community blog Meet the team Blog Awards Ireland website MS & Me Blog Team
'The realities of using a wheelchair' Declan Groeger, person with MS, accessibility activist and one of our MS & Me Bloggers, spoke with Alison Curtis on Today fm about MS, accessibility and how his life is affected by using a wheelchair. Podcast of Declan's interview is now available>> Meet MS & Me Blogger 'Declan>>
I think I have an aversion to the World Cup. In July 2010 I ended up in hospital, and was subsequently diagnosed, with MS. Roll on 4 years, and I was back. I was in a different hospital, and the relapse was totally different than my previous one, but the drill was the same. In the 4 years after diagnosis, I didn’t have any full-on relapses. I have symptoms all the time, I often feel like death warmed up, and there are days I can barely put one foot in front of the other. But, I’ve been able to live with it and, for the most part, get on with life regardless. Winter time is my friend. When its cooler and dark, and I can stay indoors wrapped up and in front of the fire. I usually don’t feel too bad during winter. The worst time of year for me is when spring turns into summer. That time of year when the rest of the country is hoping for heat and sunshine, and to lie out in parks during their lunch, you can usually find me skulking indoors. This year I started feeling “off” in April. It usually takes me a few days to cop on to the fact that I don’t feel well, but I can remember feeling the onslaught of exhaustion at Easter. My leg was annoying me; my arms were heavy and awkward. I was off-form in general. I was still able to do my normal day-to-day stuff, but it was getting slower and laborious. I wasn’t overly worried, telling myself and others “well, this happens every year” and ploughed on. Six weeks of feeling unwell later, in the last week of May, a full-on relapse hit me smack in the face. On the Wednesday evening my eyes were unusually sensitive to light. After work we’d headed off to do our grocery shopping and the lights in the shop were too bright for me. I was walking around with sunglasses on, like an eejit, squinting and making faces at everything. It’s grand, I thought, I’ve been busy at work, the pc has left my eyes tired. Thursday morning I woke up feeling ok. My eyes were a bit sore, but my house is dark and working from home means I can keep the blinds down on a sunny day. I worked all day, feeling a bit uneasy, but nothing I could put my finger on. After work, my husband came in to the room, and when I turned my head to look at him, he was blurry. Isn’t that funny, I chuckled, I can see you in soft focus. The blurriness stayed all evening, and I headed off to bed early. By the Friday morning, I had complete double vision in my right eye. I convinced myself it was tiredness that I needed a BIG cup of coffee to wake up. I sent the hubby off to work as normal, and set myself up at the pc to start checking my emails. Two BIG cups of coffee later, and my eyes were still banjaxed. I was sitting at the pc, typing with one eye closed. Not very productive or sensible. I have been told I am stubborn when it comes to my MS, but on Friday 30th May, I gave in. I called the GP, got a referral letter, and packed my bag to go to Sligo. On the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend. Hey, if you’re going to do it, do it right! I’d never had Optical Neuritis before, it was a new symptom for me to deal with. It’s a pretty hard one to ignore too. It’s very unnerving not being able to see if something is in front of you. The journey to Sligo was awful. The double vision meant that instead of just seeing cars on the opposite side of the road, passing us, I could also see them coming towards our car at an angle. It also made me nauseous, which isn’t pleasant on a 2.5 hour drive. I got admitted into hospital for 5 days, I had to have an IV steroid. Once a day, I’d get hooked up to a drip for about half an hour. The rest of the time I slept a lot. I was exhausted from the relapse and from the heavy dosage of medication. After feeling off for two months, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed to rest and recover, and as I couldn’t escape the hospital, I took advantage of the time away from normality and rested up. When I got home after the 5 days, I wasn’t back to myself at all. In fact, I felt worse. My eyes took another week to clear up, and I was still on heavy medication. It’s only now that my family members have started commenting on how much better I look. I can honestly say I didn’t realise how unwell I was until I started to get better. I sometimes think I don’t have MS, that I’ve imagined it all and that I am spoofing everyone. The relapse made me realise that it’s not all in my head. I had a follow up appointment with my neurologist last week, who said other patients have made similar comments. I guess when we’re all functioning as normal we don’t realise how hard our bodies are working to fight this illness. And sometimes we have to give in. But, I am a stubborn article, who doesn’t give in easily. So, yeah, I blame the World Cup. Niamh
Join longtime MS Ireland supporter Deric Hartigan as he leaves the 3e studios to MC a charity night for us in Balbriggan. Joining him will be a set from singer Joe McCaul and band Proper Order in what's sure to be a night for your diaries! Where: Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan Date: 27th September Time: 8pm onwards Tickets are available from the event organiser Olivia: 086 804 9821 Tickets will also be available from several shops in Balbriggan so kepe an eye out!
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