Saturday, August 29, 2009

Is MS As Common As It Seems?

Multiple Sclerosis seems to be everywhere. It doesn't matter where we are, what we are doing or who we talk to, it seems like there is always someone around us that is personally affected by Multiple Sclerosis. We have met individuals on vacation, in the airport, at the grocery store, at businesses and all sorts of other places that after talking to them, they either have MS or know someone personally that has MS. I don't remember the disease being this common when I first met my wife and was trying to figure out what Multiple Sclerosis was and how it affected people. Now, it seems like we run into people constantly that are in the diagnosis process or have been diagnosed with MS.

I have no idea why this is, but it does concern me that MS seems to be more common and more a part of the general public today. I know that studies have been done that show demographics and research where and why people have MS, but I wonder how accurate any of that is today. With our current genetics, diet and general health issues, is it any wonder that it seems like more and more friends I know have diseases ranging from MS to Cancer to Rheumatoid Arthritis to Alzheimer's. My own family has a hodge-podge of diseases that are slowly taking away their ability to move, think and just live. What really worries me is the lack of medical help with many of these diseases. My wife and I often wonder why there isn't more help with all of the technology and money being poured into the research of these diseases. I know for my wife and I that we will continue to research and learn about MS and make decisions based on our experience and the knowledge we can glean from all of the voices that supposedly have the "answers".

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Struggling With Multiple Sclerosis

Why is it so hard to do the things that we know will help with our health? We struggle daily to make good food choices and take care of ourselves, and more often than not, we make poor choices. My wife and I have a decent enough understanding of Multiple Sclerosis to know what to do make life better and easier. We know how to help her have more energy, have less attacks, feel better in general and yet we find ourselves slipping into the rut of bad choices and poor habits. Good intentions and great planning only works if you have follow through and make it a daily habit.

Our lives are so out of sync with what we know right now and we almost laugh at the craziness of it all. My wife is having bladder issues again, which we can always trace to lack of care and lots of stress. She is also having some fatigue and memory issues, which are also signs of high stress and lack of care. Again, we know what to do to help and yet we don't do it. What a basic human struggle to find ourselves battling against our own selfishness and will, and choosing the feelings of the moment instead of seeing the full picture and winning the war. This is nothing new, and we will continue to struggle, but I guess that is the way to victory. When we quit struggling is when we know we have lost the fight.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Gotta Go Right Now

This last week has been very tough on my wife. She found out her father was sick last week and then she caught a stomach bug herself. Our daughter then had the stomach bug and all the while my wife was stressed about her father's sickness. A few more hard days and a lot of stress and now she is having bladder issues again. The stress seems to have triggered the MS bladder issue, and we know that we need to take the time this week to have a chiropractic visit and for her to get some rest. This time has started the same as most, where she has to immediately go to the restroom when she has the urge to go. She can't wait or she may have an accident.

She has gone through this before but luckily we have stopped the problem previously with Bowen therapy, chiropractic and rest. She usually will start with the urgency issue then she will start to have less and less control. We know the progression so we will make sure she takes care of herself this week and begin the other protocols. For my wife it is as much an annoyance as anything because we have found a way for her to stop it and reverse the problem. Today was the perfect example with the bladder issue because she felt the need and had to run in as soon as we made it home or she would have had an accident. It was a "gotta go right now" issue.