Hello everyone, sorry it has been so long since I have last written. Mark and I have been tackling my nervous system issues head-on ever since the weather warmed up here in Montana. That means we have been out and about a LOT lately. A few weeks ago we packed up our camping gear and we headed south for some warm weather and fresh air in hopes that it would improve my condition, and it did in many ways.
We started out with 2 days in Utah’s Moab area, then we headed south to Cortez, CO & into Arizona, then back up into Utah to visit the Snow Canyon Area. From there we went to Valley of Fire in Nevada, then Death Valley in California. All that was done in one week time!
For our second week we headed north, through California and out to the coast to see the redwoods and (aahhhh…) the ocean. As our week was winding down, we moved up the coast and inland toward the Walla Walla, Washington area to see my youngest son Cody. We haven’t seen him since he left Montana last June and I needed my kid fix.
When we finally arrived home, I was exhausted! I needed a vacation to recover from my vacation. So I spent much of last week cleaning up the camping gear and sleeping. I learned a lot about my condition though. First and foremost is that warm temperatures, sunlight and fresh air help tremendously. Secondly, we learned that sitting, overexertion and stress are triggers for my dysarthria and dystonia. This is way more than the doctors know about my condition and best of all, we learned it while having fun and saving thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
This has lead us to expand on my physical therapy and include bicycling into the mix. Yesterday, upon the encouragement of my 6 year old grandson, we went out and purchased two new bikes. We took them out last night for a ride around Warm Springs Lakes and they got terribly muddied, but I felt great. This morning was the second morning in a row that I was able to get out of bed without pain, muscle weakness or dizziness! I am psyched! For the first time since last October, I can see a light at the end of this terrible tunnel.
On the artistic side, I have been working on another dish drying mat. The embroidery on this one is not as nice as the last few I made, but it will do just fine. I am hoping to have it completed by the end of the week.
So this is why I have been missing from cyber space for the past month. Hopefully I can start actively participating in my life again. It has been an exhausting journey for me these past 7 months, but I am hopeful that the worst is behind me and the best is yet to come.