Tag: health

in which we talk crone week

It’s Crone Week, y’all. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about all of this, but I’m also trying not to be overly concerned with how I’m “supposed” to feel right now. I have enough on my plate without trying to jam my feelings into propriety. I’ve spent my day engaging in active comfort; a long early morning walk, flea…

onion skins and playlists

    We’ve had a really wonderful summer so far this year; plenty of rain, with lots of bright, clear days and the cool, crisp New England evenings I remember from my childhood. Good for evening bonfires, great running and hiking weather. I’ve been taking long country drives, collecting plants for dye work and soaking it all in. “I’d love…

on possibility and perspective

I had one of those weird moments this week in which I was so completely misunderstood, I thought maybe my brain might be misfiring. It happens every so often; there will be break somewhere between my mind and my mouth and I’ll intend to say one thing but something completely different will be what actually comes out. So, for example, the other…

in which there is always room at the table

This weekend so so so many people tried to get in contact! (Hi, y’all!) I’m very grateful to have heard from all of you, but I wanted to take a quick moment to do a little housekeeping and make sure that I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings—- Sam and I informally observe a sort of secular Sabbath, so if you tried…

in which we get greasy

Right, so that title is going to bring me some interesting guests, but I’m not changing it now. Before I even get started telling you how to make a high- test muscle- rub at home, I need to give you a warning: whatever you do, please remember that coconut oil doesn’t stay solid, okay? I mean, it melts in the…

in which there is just gratitude

I have been lucky in the last few months in that having MS has really been pretty uneventful for me. Most days, having MS has just meant taking pills, disability activism, and watching my lifestyle. This morning, having MS meant crying in my kitchen over a UPS package, because a doctor I haven’t seen in over two years bent over backwards…

in which even I am surprised by how much I had to say

  Let’s talk about drugs, therapies, and approaches. I’m overdue! I’ve put up a new page to hold a running list of medications, supplements, etc. I’ll update it as necessary, but folks have asked, so there it is. There are a few disclaimers up there that I really want people to pay attention to and I’m going to mention them…

in which you get my weekend thoughts only somewhat edited, you lucky dogs

Random, scattered thoughts on dogs, people, movement, and bodies: A couple years back, I started taking this new medication, a night- time “muscle relaxer” called Requip. This isn’t actually a muscle relaxer: that’s just what it does for me. Requip is a non-ergoline dopamine agonist frequently used for Parkinson’s, RLS, and SSRI rebound syndrome. If you’re a neuro/ medical nerd,…

in which I finally see that this has all been a bit of a disappointment

  I was doing some back- end maintenance this week when I realized that I have been seriously disappointing some folks in a pretty major way: apparently, a LOT of people are coming here wanting to know if you can take gabapentin (Neurontin) with topiramate (Topamax). This isn’t some weird, outlier search, either- many, many different people have searched those…

in which I am hoping my feet don’t fail me now

It’s been a big month. I’ve been in and out of my house more than I can remember. Between my trips and his job, Sam and I are in a haze of gratitude for the time we do get to spend together. Kiddo turned 21 this month, which seems both absolutely natural and utterly impossible. Where did my sweet little mop-…