Exercise with MS

Happy Wednesday,

The entire MS community is promoting the importance of regular exercise to help your MS.  This is physical, mental & social.

I have given talks attended by people who are in chairs or walkers.  They claim they cannot exercise until I break out a can of soup & necktie.  They can raise their arms & do curls with the soup while watching TV.

The necktie can be used to stretch the legs even if they cant lift their legs, they can use their arms to lift their legs.  The key is: Move your muscles!  The other thing is I usually have people stand up & stretch their arms.  I do these things throughout the day.  You must never over do it or over exert yourself or cause pain.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Dealing with stress while the world goes crazy

Happy Monday,

With devistating hurricanes, terrorist bombings, riots because of court rulings, it gets more & more difficult to not be stressed.

Having MS means that we already have enough stress in our lives so we can’t avoid everything going on, but YOU need to worry about YOU!

I get just enough news to know what’s going on, then I avoid the news.  The news is so negative.  How can I remain positive if I am surrounded by negative?

Enjoy your day,

Ray

SOMEONE ALWAYS HAS IT WORSE THAN ME

Happy Friday,

With all these natural disasters, I am reminded that someone always has MS worse than me.  That helps me keep a positive attitude.

No matter how bad your situation is, someone ALWAYS has a worse situation.

Be safe & Enjoy your day,

Ray

Overcoming MS requires a lifestyle change

Happy Thursday,

What I have figured out is that to put my MS at bay requires a whole bunch of small things that combined make me feel infinately better.  This involves Mindset which includes daily meditation, stress reduction & having a focus in life.  Exercise which includes the pool, weight machines & stretching. And Diet which includes no dairy, limited sugar & carbs &  lots of fruits & vegetables.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Does medical marijuana help relieve MS symptoms?

Happy Sunday,

Yes, it helps me with foot pain, leg & body spacisity & sleep.  Medical grade is not the same as off the street.  In CT the owners of desensaries must be licienced pharmacists.  You meet with the pharmacist & discuss what your symptoms are & the pharmacist makes suggestions.  You can smoke, vape, get oils, edibles & topicals.  CBD (pain relief) & THC (euphoria feeling) conent is what matters.  Smoking is immediate, other methods take a little while to kick in.

I take pure CBD oil in the morning (legal in all 50 states) I’m never high during the day or when driving & smoke a 1:1 blend before bed.  This is what works for me.  Everyone is different so you must experiment.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Don’t isolate yourself!

Happy Tuesday,

MS can be very lonely.  Once you experience symptoms, you may lose friends for various reasons. My solution was to make new friends in the MS community.  What I found is that my new circle of friends are the niciest, friendliest group of people who get what we go through.  I woke up at 2 A.M. because I had medical MJ before 9 P.M. so I went on FB & was contacted by a friend who says their are no support groups near her. Unfortunately she is right.  Even though he are 100’s of support groups in the US, we need more.  There are many MS support groups on line and 100’s of MS dinners every week.  I make it a point to meet as many fellow MSers as possible.  MS events  & online groups are great ways to do this.

Jen messaging me at 2 A.M. from Wisconsin made my night/day.  Thanks Jen.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Someone always has it worse than me.

Good Morning,

Talking to fellow MSers around the country, I realized that no matter how bad I feel, someone always feels worse.

Talk about putting MS in its place!  I just keep sticking to my diet & exercise regimine because I know it helps.

My advise to you is to fgure out what works for you & Just do it!

Enjoy your day,

Ray

The passing of David Moreau, a fearless MS Warrior

Hello,

The MS community lost a leader yesterday, who may or may not have realized how many fellow MSers he touched & inspired.

He had the MS hug for a couple of weeks which subsided the end of last week.  He said it was back on Monday, his death may or may not have been MS related, but in typical Dave fashion, he had another lesson for us.  That is not to believe every synptom or ailment we have is caused by MS.  Just because we have MS, doesn’t mean we don’t have other health issues.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Don’t forget you have MS

Happy Saturday.

I forgot that I have MS & overdid it.  May have brought on a mini-exaserbation.  I couple of days of rest, I back at it, just going slower & staying cool & hydrated.

Enjoy your day,

Ray

Hello Dr. “YOU”

Happy rainy Monday:

The more that I learn about MS, the more I realize that I have to try different things to help my MS.  You always want to keep your healthcare team informed & follow their recommendations, however speak to as many fellow MSers as you can & try to figure out what works best for YOU & try different things as far as diet & exercise (mental & physical).  When you find something that helps write yourself the mental prescription to do it!

Enjoy your day,

Ray