Thursday

Did I just sleep through the night? A detox journey...

Did I really? Did I just sleep through the night? No hot flashes. No sweating. No body odor. For once in a very long time, my body is not sending every piece of energy it has to expel toxins.
Seven days of detox and my body is celebrating like crazy!
I started slow with my Fall Detox by adding ionized water to my regime using a Kangen filtration system by Enagic.
"A gallon a day will keep the doctor away."
The gist with ionized water is that by consuming alkalized water we can reduce the acidity in our bodies which is considered by many the basis for disease. The ionization process used by Kangen basically turns tap water into a variety of alkalized and acidic waters depending upon the users needs.
What am I detoxing from? From Life. My environs. My lifestyle. There are toxins all around and in us that we don't know. Even if we live a "healthy lifestyle" we are susceptible to many toxins around us. OK, time to do this.
Here I go...
The detox journal begins:
Days 1-3
Insomnia prior to starting program continues.
Night sweats continue.
Cramping, sore muscles.
Pain continues as usual.
Water: 8.5 ph / a gallon a day
Diet: as usual

Days 4-6
Sweats continue. Detoxing. Stink. Cog fog. Bad. Body odor! Oh man. Don't hug me.
Water: 8.5 ph / a gallon a day
Diet: remove caffeine, decaf, sugars, salt, processed foods. Aim for lighter forms of protein. Lean and clean foods.

Day 7 Tuesday.
New level of detox
Urine. Released a lot of stink.
Sweaty night then amazing clarity this morning.
Water: 8.5 ph / a gallon a day
Diet: Veggie and lentil soup, salad for lunchDinner a small, small piece of steak, some potato and green beans. continue with the lean and clean mentality. Natural and whole foods. Water at every chance.

As I sit in bed, reviewing my day, I'm feeling tired. In a good way. That way when physical and mental energy are both ready to rest. When your head hits the pillow, sleep is not far behind. And I think of the mental clarity that had come over me this past week.
Has this recent clarity been a result of the Kangen water, detoxification and hydration of the body? It's the only change I've made to a relatively stable regime. I do not know for sure. What I do know is that I am loving this feeling. My mind is thirsty once again but not for water. For knowledge.
I was driving to a meeting this morning. Usually music is playing, getting me in the mood. But today I am listening to NPR. I've had it on all week. This is reminding me of my life prior to MS. My life with a mind that could absorb like a sponge. A mind that wasn't clouded in MS related cognitive fog or "cog fog".
At the meeting my mind wasn't fighting to keep up. I was so far ahead that the questions and analyses were flying through my brain, inspiring a continued flow of mental stimulation.
Am I back? What just happened? Can it be the water?
Day 8. Wednesday.
Oh wow. Did I really just sleep thought the night? I woke once and couldn't even tell you at what time. A little moisture around my hairline but no sweat on my night shirt or sheets or me for that matter. And other then a few, sparsely positioned moments of flatulence, my body, for the first time in the past my week my body is not spending every moment expelling toxins. What a relief!
Grab another gallon of water and start a new day.
Water: 8.5 ph / a gallon a day
Diet: lean and clean. Ok. I've got this!

 have Lots of meetings today so I'll be carrying and drinking bottles of Kangen filtered water.
OK...off to conquer the day. Will keep you posted!
Days 9-10, Thursday, Friday
Well, my body has detoxed. I always love this feeling after my seasonal detox sessions. My mind is clear. My emotions stable. Physical and mental at their best possible considering conditions.
My meetings were spot on this week. The cog fog diminished to a point of manageability. A few mistakes here and there when words didn't come to me. But all in all, feeling full of life.
In fact yesterday I took the day off. Played hooky. My friend and I drove up the mountains. This is my backyard, Hwy 2 in California. Of course a quick stop at mt Wilson was on today's agenda.
Amazing views along the way over the San Gabriel's.
We need to remember to take time out of our lives to enjoy the beauty surrounding us. Even if the beauty is a curiosity, the awareness we bring to our surroundings is directly related to the amount of joy in our lives.
Every moment.
Every vision.
Every breath we take.
Soak it in.
Life.





Sunday

Talkin' about My Medicine!


Folks have asked for years, what medicine are you taking to do so well with your MS these days?
According to Dicitonary.com, there are several definitions of the word, medicine. One that resinated in my mind was this one:

"the art or science of treating disease with drugs or curativesubstances, as distinguished from surgery and obstetrics." dictionary.com

So, what are my medicines?
I'm happy to report that my list NOW only contains the following:
Water
Food
Supplements
Daily life management
and
Medical marijuana
I had been on klonopin for nearly 14 years due to spasms. I quit this summer as my regiment seemed to be working better and there was no need. But, in order to go off it, I went on an insane two week long detox, including Kangen water, and clean eating. I am still 'detoxing' from it but have only taken 1/4 pill on two separate occasions in the past two weeks.
I agree with the dictionary. And, I feel that the right mix of art and science will lead to medicine that will help us all heal.
Over the years, since my initial diagnosis in 2001, my plan is increasingly managed by natural remedies. My medicine has included many, many types of drugs from Neurontin to Copaxone, Provigil to Klonopin. I don't want to be on these drugs. Each one has or had an annoying side-effect of some sort. I want to be as clean as possible. But the pain. Oh, the pain!
At first I had seizures and dry heaving spasms. I couldn't eat. My body became emaciated, bones pulling through my skin as it hung loose. The medical marijuana helped the spasms. It helped the appetite. Slowly, very slowly, I became closer to normal than felt in years. And the pain, oh the pain!
Not much to use these days for pain. NSAIDs, well, I'd prefer not to thank you. My gut integrity is vital to my health and my body does not perform well on non steroidal ani-inflammatory drugs. I am not going to take pain pills every day. I want a clear brain. But the pain. Oh the pain!
One of my personal MS symptoms that got out of control was my instant intense fatigue. I had never experienced anything like it. I wanted to sleep and sleep. rest and rest. This scared me more than anything. Pain, Seizures, I can deal with. But fatigue? Give me my body back!
Interestingly as I started consuming the sativa variety of the medical marijuana, my pain started to subside. wow! not sure why, but it works and I am more functioning than I was before taking it. AND then I found out that if I consume the right kind, it helped with my fatigue. Really? Yea, really! There are different strands of MM that help with the variety of MS symptoms. I find it a bit of a "All-treating" medicine at times.

Combine the MM with my continual awareness and use of nutritional intake using food energies (cooling, warming, etc), a constant flow of clean water, clean eating, and supplements. I use a multivitamin that contains high doses of VD as well as nutrients such as bacopa, turmeric, pineapple and more.
vitamin mix to great results.

But no matter what I rub on my legs or digest in my stomach, it's the day to day life management skills that help more than anything. These are skills that include setting boundaries, learning to say "no, thank you", finding out how to maximize results with least efforts and lightening up on our own expectations.

We have an illness. It's not our fault and we didn't ask for it. That doesn't mean that we need to punish ourselves. This is the time to be kind. To forgive ourselves for getting this illness and time to move on.
That's a bit of my medicine!
Support, social media, friends, family, community, faith...not in that order but it all helps. That means it's all part of my medicine.
What's in your medicine?

Saturday

Caroline's MS and reBoot Journal

Welcome!
Thanks for joining me in my never ending quest for better living with multiple sclerosis (MS). I use lifestyle, nutrition, essential oils and other tricks to manage my MS. 13 years ago I couldn't walk or see unassisted. Things have changed! I still relapse. I still have symptoms. Life itself has changed much. But there are ways to help manage MS and life in general with natural healing.
9/24
Resting the body, mind and soul for rejuvenation.
How are we doing this week? With the busyness of school, work and even the holidays approaching it's more important than ever to set boundaries and take care of ourselves. Some of my priorities during times like this:
  • Take time out of a busy day to just sit and enjoy the moment.
  • Treat yourself like a newborn: eat well, love yourself and be kind.
  • Food as medicine: nourishment from inside and out.
  • Enjoy the little things in life. Take the time.
  • Reach out to friends, family and support groups.
  • Set boundaries and listen to yourself.
  • Get moving. Even the most gentlest of moves helps us restore the mind, body and soul.
  • Be kind and gentle to your body. We have been through a lot. Accept that and gently move on.
  • Find new levels of normal and start accepting them. Pain and illness is here. Let's accept so we can move on.
  • Find a healthy outlet: writing, blogging, cooking, drawing. Let's put those creative juices to work.
  • Productivity is the basis for morale. How can we produce even the smallest of tasks so our feeling of productivity is accomplished?

Most importantly listen to yourself. Treat yourself as you would a newborn with kindness and love that only a mother would give. We are the mothers of our bodies and only we can take of them as such. Time to love and heal. Time to cherish. Time to rest, restore and rejuvinate.
How do you like to restore?
Join me doing some gentle free flow sessions to get moving this beautiful morning. Even from a chair or bed, we can sway and swing, like a tree in the breeze.
#takethatms
9/3
Community!
I live in a wonderful town that is more than just its name. It is a community and one I've belonged to for over 47 years. Last night was a great example of how this has all grown.
We had our first trail council board meeting. Nine of us with three new members. But it didn't feel new. They felt like they had been along all the time. Mainly because most of us all grew up here or have spent enough time to call La Canada our home.
The meeting was a huge success with lots of great ideas, volunteers and enthusiasm for the coming year. This sense of community has been bound through the lives we lead in our town, working together for the same goal, to keep our town small and familiar. And it's this same community that makes social media so dang helpful for folks with conditions like multiple sclerosis.
Social media is a community. Join it. Use it. Enjoy it. The support we get from talking to others in the same situation is priceless.
Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. Facebook. All can be helpful. Here are some twitter handles and hashtags to get you started on the journey:
@thegirlwithms
@mspals
#takethatms
#mspals
And so many more.....comment or ask us questions for more help and support. We are here for you!
8/21 Priorities, Adrenal Fatigue and Getting Healthy!
6:30am
Wahoo! Boy did I sleep well last night and man did I need it! Was exhausted and worn out. Body feeling run down. Last night I had water, a light dinner of healthy veggies and soup, my vitamins and a very quiet evening. In my diffuser was sandalwood, an excellent essential oil for nerve issues. I slept like a log, if logs sleep. Awakening once in the night to relieve myself then back to sleep. So strange to have such a good nights rest after two awkward nights of restlessness.
Been working hard lately, getting things done. I've been very good about setting boundaries and keeping my priorities defined. In addition to my wellness coaching and essential oils/nutrition, I'm very active in our community and helping local businesses.
Yesterday I joined the steering committee for a friend running for city council. It's a great committee, lots of active folks from our community, and our friend is an excellent candidate to keep our integrity in our little town.
Priories and boundaries: I can emphasize these enough for our overall wellness. Without these we are lost. Some folks are wired to easily define these but others, like myself, are wired differently. We are wired to go, go, go! And it's this constant going that streses our adrenal glands and makes for an unhealthy lifestyle.
For folks with ms, or any autoimmune disease, this stress on the adrenal glands is not good! It ages our bodies and diminishes our lives. We must listen to our body and rest and restore when necessary. Sometimes we can't rest. We have jobs, families, responsibilities. But if we don't take care of ourselves be won't be here for others. We must put our health first.
Have you ever heard of the Adrenal stress index (ASI)? There is a test we can take to test out the cortisol hormone levels in our bodies. From this we can tell how stressed our bodies are and if additional support is needed.
Click Here for a subjective test to get use started on stress and whole body health and see where you measure up:
There are many tricks to calm the adrenal glands and reduce stress. One trick I have is a local cold press juicery called Orchard Flats. I've always had good success with juicing but these elixirs are amazing. Little shots of wellness in a bottle. Here's one of my favorites:
Found this image and not sure who to credit. But it spoke to me and reminds me of the very importance of fragility in my life for which I often take for granted.
Today, I'm rested and restored. How do I maintain this feeling while I get work done and keep life's stressors at bay? In addition to nutrition, essential oils, a positive mindset, I also know that moving and mindfulness are huge in restoring stressed adrenal glands.
Yoga, meditation, qigong, and any other types of movement and awareness can help us restore. Often I will do a free flow in the morning. Turn on music and just start moving and stretching to get the body awake. Some yoga moves to awake and restore the body are necessary for health of mind, body and soul.
Here I am doing some casual fee flows and having some morning chats.
Now that I've distressed and restored, I'm ready to hit the day! Which will be a big one...lots to do and lots to be aware of. Listen to my body and react accordingly. If my body says slow down, then darn it all, slow down! Easier said then done but it's a goal to pursue, an awareness to maintain.
We have lots of tools to deal with stress and adrenal fatigue from medical support to friends and family. One major support I use is social media: twitter and Facebook: #MSPals #takethatMs #girlwithms
This is just the beginning. The more we can manage our adrenal stress the better our lives with MS, fibromyalgia and other annoying painful illnesses.
How are you managing your stress levels?
8/17
4:43am
Where did this week go? A bit of insomnia today but since I went to bed while it was still light out explains it. I was so fatigued yesterday. Didn't do that much but got done what I needed to do so that's good. The randomness of MS can really mess with ones agenda and plans. But this weekend it didn't!
I had a Crazy good times with old friends from the hood. It was high school type fun. Lots of memory lane and laughter. Man, That was just good and just what the doctor ordered.
Often with MS comes mood swings and depression. It's easy to get sucked into the void. For me it's vital to have family and friends around, especially times like this, to keep from going to the dark side. We don't want to go to the dark side.
I'm not very good at reaching out for help but I'm getting better. It seems my friends know it before I do by instinct. So with friends in town, some good eats and fun spirits, we journey onward through life, seizing what we can, living life to the fullest, and avoiding the dark side.
We have so many tools in our shed, such as friends and family. Let's use them to the fullest to help make our lives with MS, chronic pain and everything else we deal with more tolerable.
One of my tools: elixirs from a Orchard Flats. Straight shots of healthiness!

8/12
11:10pm
Very minimal pain today. What explains it? I'm not sure. But I did take advantage and go fly fishing I the LA a river. Always a fun escape. Escapes like these are necessary for managing our health. Spending time enjoying the little things in life helps us appreciate our life of new normals.
I didn't catch anything today but greatly enjoyed my casting and getting back into the swing of things. One of the locals, John, caught a nice carp. The other day I caught a little sunfish like this one. Today I missed quite a few but it wasn't about the fish today. It was about the process. It was about making knots. About changing flies, on the fly. It was about casting and taking what I've recently read and learned and practicing it. So glad I read this book about the arm and casting. Not sure what it was but saw things that clicked which hadn't before.
Fishing is cathartic for me. Always has been. Off to dream about drifts and tight lines...And I'm diffusing some frankincense and vetiver for so,e solid sleep tonight. I did sleep about 12 hours last night so something was up. Tonight feels different already.I am feeling much better than this past weekend. I think I was fighting a virus or bug. I took some cold sore medicine and rested. Lots of fluids. Maybe my extreme pain was from a bug exacerbated by my MS. Who knows. But today, some relief.

8/10
11:43pm
Shark week! I love all things animals and nature. And it takes my mind off the weird extending pain in my legs. Assuming MS but intense right now. Lower left leg. Earlier it was right thigh. Misfiring of nerves around the body and screaming for attention. Well you got. And I'm going to bed!
I am diffusing frankincense and sandalwood. And drank lots of water. And rubbed deep blue into thighs earlier. Time for this thing they call sleep.
Catch y'all on the flip side!
10:07am
Oh man. I'm not in a good way. My legs are killing me. Inflamed and I don't know from what. And I had a really good day yesterday though I did go out and do things. That was it! I did things. Man if I only didn't need to do things maybe my MS wouldn't effect me. Wrong! But it wasn't even that much. A few errands, the dog park to sit in the shade, lunch on a patio, some shopping with the girls, some chores around the house, some movies... (OK, that actually sounds like quite a bit for me after I write it down). But I couldn't sleep and I'm exhausted. I turned the light off around 1:30am and finally fell to sleep. Woke at 6:00am because that's what I do.
So, today I'm physically wiped and about to become emotionally wiped. My friend Kim's husband passed away suddenly (heart attack) two weeks ago at 61. Memorial is today. Kim is a newer friend who I know through business. I have great admiration and respect for her and can only slightly imagine what she's going through.
As you may remember I lost my companion four years ago. He was an amazing gran and I'm reminded daily that he is forever a part of my life. But it's been four years. I remember the rawness at first. That gut wrenching, heart-wrenching pain tearing through the body.
And unfortunately there's just not really anything one can do but "Put of your dukes and fight it out" from a dear friend.
1:22am
Can't sleep. Wide awake. Just put Serenity Blend essential oil in diffuser. Massaged some vetiver into my feet and used basil on my painful legs. Not sure why the pain was so bad today. I did run around a bit today: appliance store, (need new washer/dryer), flooring shop to return samples, dog park with Little White Dog, met a friend, then took dogs to Star cafe in Montrose, California, a very dog friendly town. Watered, fed birds earlier. Made soup for dinner and watched a few movies. Yes, a few! Embarrassing but vision was too wonky to read and can only spend so much time on ipad.
Last night was fun: dinner party at friends and then a two hour aroma therapy yin yoga class. Ahhhhh.....so nice!
Chain reaction...doggy style
A little dirty after the dog park
It was Daisy's first time at a Dog park. Been working with this dog for nearly a year. Completely different dog then a year ago. Very smart but wasn't taught proper boundaries when younger especially around aggression. But she's a darn good watch dog a smart one to train. Socializing is huge with her so will be doing many more dog parks in the future.
Going to sleep now....or at least start the turning off process with the mind. Night all!
8/4
Monday!
Was up around 3-4am but fell back to sleep for a bit. My friend left this morning and now it's time to get back to work. I'm working on a book:
Top tips and tricks for Living with MS (or some,thing like that)
It's part way done and I'll let you know when it's ready for sale. It's an easy read and guide for those living with MS.

Banks the BIG dog and fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden
I'm working on a wellness fair that's coming up in a few weeks and then I speak on a panel at a "Women in Pain" conference at the Endowment Center of the Arts in Downtown Los Angeles.

I had to cancel a dog sitting gig yesterday. Bummer! It is a big 20 day gig at a place I love but I'm freaked about my schedule, summer weather and my multiple sclerosis. Oh how I hate to be so Unreliable and that's what this illness does. Makes me unreliable.

I'm reliable to a point. But as soon as I over commit I know it and it freaks me out. Yesterday I was freaked. I cancelled the gig, knowing I let the owner down, but I have to put my priorities first. My health is my top priority. And so it is. MS trying to dictate my life. Every now and then we just have to let it have it's say and then move on.
Grilled corn, onions, steak, fresh heirloom and burratta


8/3
10:44am
what a weekend! My dear friend came into town who I haven't seen in almost a year. My brother and his family came into town. Good food, friends and family. Lots of board games, cards, and more!

We're having some weird weather here in southern California. Rain! Love it. We need it so bad. And it calls for a good day to snuggle up in something comfy, put a log on the fire, make some nice tea or coffee, put on some good music and get to turning those creative thoughts into words on paper.

Why not join me?

Start your own blog, or journal. It brings a certain awareness to our MS, by tracking everything from food to exercise to emotions. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just start scribbling things down. Write or draw. Doodle. Make notes on a computer. Whatever is your style, time to take advantage and help your MS with some cathartic release.

8/1
11:18pm
Time for bed! Amazing day at farmers market and more. Friends. Family. Yard work and chores. A full day and more to come.
4:15am
Woke at 2am. Not sure if I fell back to sleep. Need to be up around 7:30. Wouldn't mind more sleep but thought I'd putter a bit. My mind starts a revving and trying to sleep seems a distant possibility. A good friend came over last night and we chatted and caught up. The evenings here can be so lovely. Sometimes I could use cooler temps while I'm trying to sleep but all in all, not bad.
My legs are on fire as I sit here. I'm diffusing Serenity and Balance "liquid Xanax" essential oil blends to calm my nerves and rubbing some lemongrass on my thighs. While lemongrass is abit warming and stimulating it seems to help alleviate the pain and feels like it brings life back to my deadened nerves. Sometimes I use aroma touch or other oils, depending on my mood.
August! Ok, I'm not usually this excited about August because it's Hot. But for seem reason I'm happy it is August. For some very special reasons: friends and family. A very good friend is coming this weekend whom I haven't seen in almost a year. And my nephews are coming this weekend. Yay! Good times to be had. I'm looking forward to many games, good eats and much laughter.
The importance of friends and family never ceases to amaze me. While at times I want to hide, not take my MS outside on bad days, stay hidden away, it's my friends and family that can pull me out of the deepest of deeps. And it's also friends who can hurt the most.
I've been spending almost a year working with little white dog. LWD from next door. Just found out they needed a dog sitter and they hired someone else. Wtf? This is after praising my work with the dog, her training, everyone's growing comments on her improved attitude, every thing and then the biggest slam of all, hiring an unknown to come in and care for her. After never once offering to pay me.
I expressed my anger and disappointment but she didn't want to tell the other lady no. Funny, throw a friend of 47 years under the bus over someone you have just met. Unfortunately I'm busy the rest of the year and while I offered to do this gig and let the other person do the other work, the owner still said no. I'm not available in Sept-Nov so she's on her own. I didn't realize money was even an option. I had a not so friendly discussion with LWD in the beginning and she shattered my finger. It's permanently disfigured and not 100% useful. I didn't make a big deal about this or other expenses as I worked hours to train this dog for free. But I wouldn't mind covering my expenses.
Obviously I'm still upset and probably why I couldn't sleep. How could she not know I dog sit? How could she be so rude to hire someone else? And then when she had a chance to fix it she chose not to. This is a neighbor of 47 years. Upsetting to say the least. So upsetting that in fact, when I awoke and couldn't sleep, I walked over and dropped off the dog bowl, dog poop bags we bought and some kibble. Left it on the porch.
You know what? I'm tired of being nice and then being taken advantage of. It's been happening too much lately and I'm putting my foot down and drawing boundaries. This is my life after all. Not yours or anyone else's. But mine. And I am making the rules now, baby. I am making them!
7/31
Last day of July!
Wow this summer is screaming by. Lots of fun projects going on and of course lots of down time in the summer heat that's just life with MS. Summer comes, time to turn on AC, read, computer, work, etc. it bums at times cause what we really want is to be active and fun and be outdoors and able to play and work. But summer heat takes its toll.
There are so many great resources online now for folks with MS. Websites, social media, meet ups, support groups, it all seems to help life with multiple sclerosis.
One of my favorites is the social media. And the main reason being is that folks with MS understand me and I need and want that connection. No one truly gets the disease except folks with the illness.
Check these out and become acquainted with some new friends!
Twitter:
@thegirlwithms
@mspals
#mspals
#takethatms
Facebook:
MSpals
California Multiple sclerosis Support Group
And many others! Check them out and join up.

7/29
3:03am
I guess if you go to bed by 9pm it makes sense to wake up at 3. Doh! Oh well. Actually feeling pretty rested and restored. I needed a few down days of quiet and mellowness. I did chores all day yesterday or so it seemed. Definitely get print things checked off my list. And then received tragic news.
My friends husband up and died on her Sunday of a heart attack, less than 24 hours after his daughters wedding. Not very old. In good health. So tragic and sad. I fell into a big pool of tears and figuring out how I can actually help the family at times like this. How does one truly help and not hinder? I'm still figuring that one out.
Other than the tragedy it was a quiet time. Slowly moving through the day I got my stuff done. The trick: don't be In a hurry. I even spent quality time with friends and LWD. Little white dog. It was a day of friends, support, struggles and more. A day I don't want to relive but one that showed all loving aspects of life. For that I will appreciate this day forever.
Using some aromatouch in more sore muscles and diffusing frankinsence and serenity. Ahhhh...

7/26
8:23am
Been awake since 3am then 5am. What is it with MS and sleep? I find it's difficult to get both the physical and mental energies dialed down at the same time. And this heat! It's not even that warm yet but my body is feeling it. Well, Ok, the internal heat is probably from the food choices I made last night.
I really wanted a nice lazy Saturday morning with a black cup of coffee and nice eggs and bacon. Unfortunately it's all too fatty, salty and warming for me right now. Bummer! But I must listen to my body or pay the price. I'm paying a bit for last night as we were at a Tournament of Roses happy hour fundraiser and I ate so poorly. All the appetizers were fried, processed, salty. I devoured some celery, my body crying out for cooling, clean eating food. But generally it was not a meal for MS and here I am, Saturday morning NoT drinking my black coffee. And with that whine I'll be cooling the body and nerves with Mamaki tea from Hawaii. Love love love this stuff and off to make a cup. Hold this thought.
Time to start over...
Good morning!
It feels so darn good to be writing again, the cathartic release rushing through the bloodstream. It's only been a couple of days but the real pleasure comes with being able to sit down, relax, and fall into ones writing, putting all other concerns aside. I have been too hurried lately. And that's not how I want to live my life. MS taught me that much. And I have already made major decisions that will positively change this in the coming months. As we know with MS it's essential to set priorities and boundaries and to stick with them. I recently excused myself from a couple of positions to lighten up my load and I am taking a much needed vacation at home and spending time with friends and family - the important things. AND, Being mindful and growing ever more aware.
And I am ever so mindful of the lovely Mamaki tea I am drinking. And aware as my body begins its shift from the MS blahs of this morning to a new level of clarity and inspiration. And check out the nutrient factor. Pretty cool: from www.miraclemamaki.com. I don't understand why crushed leaves would have no iron but whole or ground does. That will require some more investigation. In the meantime, it's interesting at least.
Do you know the Hawaiian Legend of Mamaki? Here's an earlier post about it on my blog: click here for GWMS and Mamaki Tea
Honestly after just one cup, I am feeling much better now than when I first woke up. In fact you can probably feel the energy of my writing change, from slow and sluggish to zippier with a touch of sunshine! I'm blaming the tea. Wow. OK. Sometimes it's easy to forget how little things, like a cup of Mamaki tea, can help tone the blood and mind pretty quickly.
I am also diffusing Serenity essential oil blend in my room. Ahhhhhh! And had several glasses of water. Feeling tons better than When I woke up.
Now of course I'm feeling much more excited and ready to hit the day. So much for my lazy day? Off to yoga, farmers market and anything else I can get into trouble with today.
We don't have tall buildings where I live but the weather isn't too bad today especially now that my internal heat just dropped by a few degrees.
7/24
10:40am
Well, my detox went great! Needed a few days to cleanse out the system. Just clean eating and lots of water. Nothing too serious but a focus on veggies, fruits and healthy grains. And then my brother gave me a surprise visit last night!
Now that was just fun. We haven't had a real conversation in years and we have always been very close. Nothing changed except marriage, kids, a growing career and very busy life. So the visit was a wonderful gift for God. So many gifts lately. How thankful I am!
One of my favorite easy breakfasts: Bob's Red mill gluten free breakfast blend, hemp milk, nuts, seeds dried fruit, cinnamon, whatever my little heart desires. Some detox tea and lots of water and lemon.
I'm a little slow this morning but it was worth it. To stay up late and catch up with family. Time I wouldn't exchange for anything in the world.
I planned this week as a medical break. All week except for dinner with a friend tonight who is passing through LAX from panama to Oregon.
Until then, my chores are done, little white dog has been walked, brother off to see his family, and I'm off to bathe and yoga stretch.
7/22
8:00am
Well, what a weekend and a week! Last week my MS was creeping toward a relapse. Weak and miserable I slogged through the days leaning on a cane and leaning on my friends for all of their help! And that was before the fair. In fact, at one point on at hursday I was running an errand in town at our local print store, Printefex. And I was leaning on the counter thinking, I could have brought my cane in. Then I see a CHP drive In next door to get lunch, which he did, in the comfort of his car parked right next to mine.
No big deal right? Except I was so wobbly I was walking like I was three sheets under. And I had no cane. How was I to get from this counter to my car without this CHP pulling me over for a DUI? All I can say is his food from Taco Deli was amazing (as always) and he had no interest in seeing me hobble and lean my way to my car. Whew. Two more errands and maybe a twenty minute rest before my marathon tonight with our Christmas in July chamber /City mixer. I'm in charge of the business expo.
Friday, my first night at the fair, I was so wobbly that I had four bottles of water and waited in car until my friends were ready to go. I could clearly here the AC/DC cover band singing Dirty Deeds. All was right in The word. I saw AC/DC live years ago. Brought back fun memories.
The fair was cool. Only 80F. And I got a last minute ride with a friend. And my friend needed some help with the pig. The perfect storm created the perfect weekend.
I helped corral the pig into its pen and we went for some gentle exploration by foot. Slowly and carefully. Then, that evening I got a second wind and pushed through an amazing day with my friends daughter, who is the closest I have to a niece, including mutton bustin, wall climbing and the Ferris wheel! Click here for my day at the fair
Here are A couple highlights from the fair and recovering afterwards:
Meeting inflatable service men, trying to win a gun at the National Wild Turkey Federation, taking a selfie with my girl Izzy on the Ferris wheel, tucking in the Pig for the night and so much more...
After the nice long weekend at the fair, a feat I never would have been able to do until the perfect storm of situations hit, I took advantage of some down time and had a very mellow Monday and plan to have the same today, Tuesday.
With MS it's imperative that when we do activities that we save some time for recovering. Time to rejuvinate. Time without deadlines, without demands and without stress.
I used my oils all weekend. From serenity at night for sleep to MS blend during the day, to various oils to help throughout: lemongrass for my burning legs, melaleuca for the cold sore trying to evolve, to wild orange and protective blend to get going healthy and strong in the morning. I carry this little container with me everywhere I go. I always have an oil to help!
And time for restorative yoga! I'm really enjoying attending classes at TheraYoga Studio in Montrose California, and took one yesterday to help me feel better.
In addition I made some major changes to diet. Fair food is not MS friendly! I made whole grains, vegetables, salad, fruit and all things natural. Removed some fat, sodium and cheese and kept it clean eating. My body is so much happier today!
This morning I'm sipping chamomile tea with Mamake leaves from Hawaii. Delish and so soothing!
7/17
6:00am
Uh oh. It's morning on a long day and I'm already wiped out! Have a meeting in 30 minutes. Where's my cane? Going to need it today. Actually should have taken it yesterday to doctors appointment but I didn't. Marathon day today!
Tonight is big chamber mixer, Christmas in July, that I've been working on for month solid now. Great event but looking forward to so,some else running it next year. It was the straw that broke the camels back!
I made it through the day and night but this maxed me out. My energy. My health. It's all waning. Time to take control of my health! I see some nice rejuvenation and rehab time in my near future. That's what's keeping me moving right now, Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
7/14
10:15pm
What's in your diffuser? I be inhaling some Serenity...time for bed!
A good day. Almost forgot a meeting though. Was already to melt into a yoga session and my calendar alert went off. Luckily I had set an alert. Meeting was great but no yoga. Had a few projects to work on. Grateful I did some bathtub yoga first thing this morning.
My body felt pretty good. I didn't drink any caffeine this morning, a good thing for me. I have gone years without it but got back into the coffee habit again. Honestly, I love the taste of black coffee. But my MS and spasmodic torticollis can't stand it. Soooo, time to ease back into only herbs and teas.
The pain in my neck from this spasmodic torticollis is really bugging me. My neck is so tense and tight. Using Some sandalwood EO on the spasms tonight as well as on the soles of my feet. Sandalwood is calming on the nerves. I also used my usual lemongrass EO on my thighs and calves, the sore muscles. It all helps, or at least makes me smell like a Thai restaurant. Actually the oils I use are pure and are not perfume like at all. That's why I can use them.
As for nutrition, well, the day was fine but not really. I had some little baked goods at a meeting (ie including gluten and sugar) and a handful of Doritos (yes, the nasty nacho ones) and then steak dinner with friends and big glass of Merlot (yes, Merlot). Not my usual whatsoever. Granted I had fruit, nuts and cheese during the day, which work fine with my body, but the processed food wasn't a good idea. At least I've had about twenty glasses of LemonEO water since then so I should be pretty clean by now!
Tomorrow is another big day in a way. Several meetings, two of which I'm leading. One is a workshop on reinventing ones medicine cabinet. These are always fun! I'll be sharing oils and meeting new folks. The other is a marketing brainstorm session with a committee I volunteer. And I love marketing!
Bottom line things for us to remember:
  • Manage energy and activities
  • Manage what We have control over - diet, stress, exercise, friends, time spent
  • It is what it is.
  • Be positive. It's worth it!
7:21am
Happy Monday!
Time to reboot this booty into some healthier living. Had amazing weekend seeing lots of friends, new and old. My MS was acting up horribly and almost fell over numerous times. I'm blaming the heat and doing a bit too much. It was a long week. And the 90F and increasingly warm summer temps are doing me in. Time to spend the day in the A/C and reducing stress load.
Some pics from the weekend. Family, Animals. Friends. They all complete my support group.
I have a few items that need doing today but first, I'm off to do some free flow and get moving. I feel sludgy and slow like the decaf coffee I just drank. And way too much salt yesterday! My face looked like a puffer fish this morning. I took a shower and did so,e bath tub yoga to get started this morning. Now it's Back to water for this girl. Water with lemon oil to help cleanse from the weekend. My hot list for the day:
1. Take care of me. Bathe, reade, yoga, water, healthy eating. Whatever works.
2. Take care of commitments: what must get done today? What can wait?
3. Connect with family and friends. Always.
Off to move this booty...join me!
7/12
11:15am
Yesterday was a tough one for me. It's a been a long week. Mentally in marathon mode I mucked through the week and events knowing Friday would be a down day. And man did I need it! I was so weak I almost fell over several times. I had one event in the evening, retirement party for our minister, and it was tough. Dad wanted to dance. He's 81. I made it barely through one. All I could think about is how drunk I looked and all I had was water all evening. Four bottles of water. I was thirsty! And I had Gumby legs! I definitely felt like a weeble holding on to every table, chair or person I could find.
I had been debating on taking a nap but really didn't want to be up late in the night. So I did an MS battery recharge: lie down in a resting pose, on back, on bed or sofa, wherever it's quiet and not too bright. Using a diffuser and a balancing essential oil (EO), either a blend or a single oil, fall into a peaceful space, calming mind and body. Possibly an eye pillow if it's too light. I also use EOs on the soles of my feet. I used Balance EO blend - one of my favorites for weak and wobbly days!
The mental focus is on recharging the battery. Sometimes I use a relaxing APP on my ipad to play raindrops or Tibetan bells. Actually yesterday I listened to a Native American flute. If my mind wanders or gets busy I bring it back to my breathing. Breathing. So important for managing life with or without illness. I extend both inhale and exhale, filling the empty spaces in my body and relaxing my bones to the floor, releasing to the power of gravity. And if my mind needs activity I visualize a battery recharging in its station, then turn to my breathing.
Tip: Use an alarm so You can relax fully and if sleep happens, it happens. You won't miss your next appointment. Even just a few minutes in this position calms the flare ups and helps preserve the battery.
Before I left for the event I massaged Balance EO into my feet, used Peppermint EO on my legs, and EO blend, aroma touch, on my neck. I was a mess. Weak legs. Balance issues. Tremors in my neck. Pain in my neck. Body sagging tensely to the ground. But it helped! I had recharged my battery as much as possible. Had comfortable clothes on, drank water with Lemon EO in it for restoration and cleansing.
Got home, went to bed. Diffused Serenity EO to calm my nerves further and to help fall into a deep sleep. The night before I had terrible restless legs. I diffused lemongrass EO to help with that. But last night I just needed a solid sleep. I rubbed lemongrass EO on my leg muscles and some Serenity EO on my neck.
Felt much better this morning! When my MS flares up my whole life feels wonky. And today, much better. I needed a day of rest and taking care of me. I did wake to some inflammation. I could feel it in my legs. So decided to use my new White Fir EO in the diffuser and EO Deep Blue Lotion on my calves and thighs. Ahhhh. Relief!
Loving the white fir and how it cleans the air and so much more! I chose it for my pain and for fighting off a cold and fatigue. Diffusing away....
After a restorative night sleep and a restful morning I spent some time with Blue the horse and Daisy the dog. They belong to my friends. I borrow as needed for mental therapy. Today I almost fell over a couple of times with Blue. Just walking around, not riding. Silly gumby legs are still there bu not as bad. Body balance isn't great but if I take it easy today, it will improve. I know that.
I love having my journal back! Here are some quick notes on EOs I've been using. This is probably more for me than you as it's scribble:
My MS Essential Oil Diary

7:9
12am. Nite nite.
Orange is new black on netflix.
Long day. Rested.
Club for dinner
Angry. Angry and frustrated. Diffused Wild a orange for attitude adjustment.
7/8
1:30 am. Bedtime
Long ass day.

7/7
1:15pm
using some melaleuca oil on some odd bug bites I got yesterday.looks like I ran into a spider fest.
played with food in kitchen. made hummus. can sit down in between steps. today my legs feel like what a drunk frog might look like, trying to dance. they hurt. nerves quivering. i was on them too long. we had some fruit that was going bad and wanted to cut it up. it was a push. ready for a nap and haven’t even worked yet…just have one project to work on. that’s enough for this tired girl. fatigue…still not used to it.

7:00am
Mind games to keep fit. Lumosity for one.
Diffused with protective blend. Preventing colds etc.
off to feed a friends horse.
Tired today! Long weekend....catching up.
Time to work.

7/6
10pm
Used balance on feet and neck for a warm day of fun and friends.
Music n the park
Brunch w the birthday girls
Diffusing protective blend and using on bottom of feet at night.

7:00am
Playing lumosity
Diffusing lemongrass to wake up

7/5
Played with food
Lamp chops
Panzanella salad
Amazing dinner and BBQ with folks. Cards and wine.
Used basil on legs to help with pain and fire.
10pm lights out.

7/4
8:43pm
So tired
Legs quivering and on fire. Numbness and tingling left leg. Fingers working intermittently.
Diffusing lemongrass and frank. Putting on soles of feet.

9:00am
Diffusing protective blend this morning while working on projects. Some folks have been fighting colds so putting on the defense on.
Woke with a bit of cough and popped some peppermint beadlets. They knock it out right away! Little pops of peppermint. Will also try protective blend beadlets. Very easy to take and use.
Taking an easy day today. It's almost 80F and only 9am. Going to be a warm one.
Off to take my vitamins. Can't wait for new essential oil order coming soon. New oils and more vitamins!

7/3
Oops. Didn't record bedtime.
Celebrating fourth early with friends and family. Overindulged a bit. Slept hard!
Diffused lemongrass during the night.
Had a busy day and diffused lemongrass while working. Really like the clarity it brings often mix it with frankincense.

7/2
10:21 lights out.

9:50pm
Orange new black
Diffused lemongrass
Made oil business
Relaxed

7/1
10:10 pm
Bless this family and friends
Diffuse frank. Lemongrass
Diffus calming blend

6:00am
feeling good. wanting to stay in bed but inspired to hit my first meeting.
morning diffusion with lemongrass and frankincense.
time for motivation and visitation. slow stretching into child’s pose.
6/30
11:00pm
Orange is the New Black season 2 @Netflix.
diffused lemongrass & frank.
Vetiver on feet
Business dinner with friends.

6:00am
Had some leg cramps in the evening - rubbed basil oil on them. cramps could be from new yoga routine/lack of hydration.
6/29
10:10pm
MITP
Mellow eve. 2w
2:30am. Woke up - eventually fell back to sleep.
Diffused protective blend
Detox blend on feet.

6:28
10:30pm
Night night.
Water. Wine. Etc.
Family here
Whew. Tired. :).
Diffused protective blend

6/27
9:29pm
Difussing and using basil. Vetiver
TofR happy hour fundraiser

6.27 8am
So tired and inflamed
Wimbledon. Fifa. Procrastination.

6/26. 12:56am
Night night
Heartland
Wine
Exhaustion
Kpcc
Second wind























































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