I Can Hear You!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I am still here…fighting a few MS issues but plan on getting back in shape for the 2014 season. I am still working on the training schedule and hope to run my usual spring half marathon, The Capital City Half Marathon, in May.

This afternoon I was reading an article my brother-in-law sent me about updates on marijuana for treating MS and noticed another article to the side related to hearing. The past year or so I have developed hypersensitivity in my left ear when the left side of my face goes numb so the article caught my interest. I was not aware that hearing hypersensitivity was indeed a “common” symptom of MS. I just thought I was weird…well, weirder then I already thought. 🙂 Has any one else experienced this symptom? What have you done to deal with it or treat it? I would love any suggestions. Since I am inside sales I don’t really have a quiet job. It can sometimes be really irritating and painful when the hearing hypersensitivity starts.

Here is the article if anyone wants to check it out!

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Shout Out!

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to a woman who has MS, is fighting cancer, running, knitting like crazy and a mother all at the same time. Her name is Danelle and she emailed me a week or so telling me her story. Definitely check her out sometime at wipninja.com! You can learn how to do all this and kick ass all at the same time! Wish her luck with her fight against cancer! (You can take care of the MS next :-))

Little False Advertising Here

As we all know I haven’t been running. However, I decided to be a spectator tomorrow at the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio and cheer on my friends. I decided to take a half day at work today and a friend invited me to go with him to the Expo to see if that would help put me in a better “running mood”. Well, one of my other friends running the race said I needed to look at the back of the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon sheet because he thought I would find it funny. I walked round the Expo (found $10 arm warmers!!) but I didn’t see their booth until the end. I looked at the back and I didn’t get what my friend found funny. It just seemed normal to me. (He is a guy so I had in my mind it was some stupid joke that usually guys enjoy but usually us ladies don’t care for, you know the ones.) I texted my friend and he told me what he found funny.

Flyer For The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

Flyer For The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

For those of you who don’t remember or are just recent readers, I ran the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in the spring of 2012. I started out great but the hills at the end of the course killed me. Majority of the race is flat but where there are hills…there are hills. I thought the elevation chart was pretty misleading or not detailed enough. So, knowing this he thought I would find their first line fairly funny (or at least he did). I looked at their website and the course is still the same but it looks like the elevation chart is a little better. A little better. What do you think?

I am still here…well, kind of…

I know I have been quiet for quite a while now. I have been trying to find the time, energy and right mood to actually write a post. This hasn’t been an easy thing to come by the past few months.

After my quarter marathon and marathon relay in May, I decided to take some time off to heal the knee and other minor injuries I was fighting. Well, that time off was suppose to be about a month. Right now it is still indefinite. The first month or so I was feeling pretty normal and had a lot of things going on. I went to the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Tennessee in June and I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding in July. It was in July when I started to notice some MS symptoms really staying around and not going away. Of course work did get more stressful in July which has not helped the MS situation either. To this day I am still having MS symptoms everyday, usually in my left arm, left leg and left side of my face. We have increased my meds (again) but I am still having issues. I go back for a check up in a little over a week and something needs to change. I can’t run or workout which takes away one of my big stress relievers and mood boosters.

It’s been hard staying positive but hearing every once in a while from my readers (aka you 🙂 ) lifts my spirits. Keep running and moving! I hope to be out there with you again soon! 🙂 Until then I will try to check in every once in a while to update everyone on my status or to share some interesting MS info. Good luck out there!

It’s Been Rough…

Hello, remember me? It’s been a while so wasn’t so sure you would remember me. The past few months have definitely been a roller coster which is mainly due to my lovely frenemy, MS. This winter was pretty rough. It seemed like I basically crashed after my Europe trip and struggled to recover for a very long time. I even had a day with the family at the Air Force Museum and I spent the entire day in a wheelchair due to issues walking. It was a fun day but a hard day for me emotionally. I actually cried shortly after I sat down in the wheelchair for the first time that day.

There were a lot of times I thought “I need to sit down and write about this” but I think the depression and exhaustion won over. Now I feel there is so much I could have written about and now I forget most of it. I guess in a way you could look at that as a good thing, but you always want to remember what you have survived so you know in the future what you can conquer.

This spring I was finally able to pull myself out of the depression, get my MS back on track and start running again. Running does wonders for my state of mind but right now I am struggling with what it has done to me physically. I was originally planning on running the Capital City Quarter Marathon on May 4th, a leg of the Flying Pig Marathon Relay on May 5th, and Grandma’s Marathon on June 22nd. Well, the first two happened but I will have to pull out of Grandma’s Marathon this year because I developed a knee injury the last mile or so of my leg at the marathon relay. Not what I wanted to have happen on my come back from one of the worst winters of my life but that’s life. My knee isn’t horrible, I can still run shorter distances however my knee is not happy with me afterwards. I am going to take about a month to work on this injury and hopefully come back strong for the Air Force Half Marathon and possibly the Columbus Marathon in the fall.

Europe…that has been a hard looming subject of things I need to write about. This winter I was in a fairly dark place so I decided I wanted to write about that when I felt more like myself and could have fun with it. I felt if I wrote about it in the winter I would just want to rush it because I was in pain or I wanted to go to sleep…not what I wanted to do on something big like that. I hope in the next month or so I will be able to write about my trip to Europe in my normal voice.

Well, that is enough typing on the back porch for once evening. I think even my three huskies are starting to get a little bored. Guess there isn’t much going on in backyard here tonight.

My Flying Pig Marathon Relay team below. (As you can see I am rocking the ice on my knee already. 🙂 )

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Status report…

Numbness: Still present
Pain: Comes and goes
Depression: Mild
Frustration: Still present
Stress at work: Still present
Paris post: Still unwritten
Knitting project: Unfinished
Hair: 6″-8″ shorter

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3 Siberian Huskies: Crazy and shedding
Running: Going Ok (Over slept this morning :-/ )
Swimming: Ok, need to work on breathing
Feelings about stepping down off of Gabapentin which might cause more numbness: Not looking forward to it
Feelings about finding something that might work: Hopeful
Current overall feelings: Maybe I need another vacation or even just time off…

Self prescription to maybe forget it all for a night: Turn the music up as loud as I can and dance it out.

My Ode To Numbness

Numbness…I never asked you to stay
Yet here you are day after day
You started in the leg, then the arm and now the face
I really want you to get the hell out of this place
I really wish you would leave so I felt better
I would even promise to write you a letter
It would even be great if you just let me run
I know most don’t believe me but it can be quite fun
I don’t mean to be rude but I really wouldn’t miss you a bit
Actually…if no one was looking I would probably give you a punch and a hit
So I really would like if you thought it over, the part about you leaving you see
Because you really aren’t nice to live with, but that could be just me