chronic illness, MS

Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

It starts with a stitch A few deep breaths Then you're knitting my ribs together With barbed wool The front Then the back Swirling into my abs Then my lower back A corset of pain The cat the cow The cat the cow Stretching every way for relief Breathe Distract It's just a physical thing… Continue reading Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

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Bathroom Renovation Part 4: Almost there…

Did you hear the dude from Star Wars heading for the Death Star in the title? Every time I hear those words together, I hear it in his voice. Think I've seen it too many times, if that's possible. Bathroom Renovation: Part 1 - It’s a Go! Bathroom Renovation Part 2: It’s a Bathtub? Bathroom… Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Part 4: Almost there…

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Infrared Sauna: Flu killer

We made it the whole winter with nary a sniffle, then the first day of spring our eldest woke up with the flu. Then our youngest succumbed. It's a nasty one too, (what flu isn't), fever, dizziness, headache, nausea and a deep, retching cough. Having MS, I'm pretty paranoid about getting sick. Simply because what… Continue reading Infrared Sauna: Flu killer

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A new career – finally believing

The questions never stop Can I teach again? Should I try it? Am I just giving up? The best days are the worst The doubts eat me alive Two years I've pretended Waiting to get busted Who gets to call themselves a writer? Not me. And yet, the shift has happened The genes have shifted… Continue reading A new career – finally believing

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Bathroom Renovation Part 3: Now that’s a tub!

You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here Unlike the hobbit tub that was first installed, this is the tub I was after. Besides being much deeper, wider and longer than the flimsy all-in-one unit suggested by the bathroom place, it doesn't have the non-slip bottom that asks for grime to build up.… Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Part 3: Now that’s a tub!