Monday, October 26, 2009

The Rich Tapestry of Life

Trinidad Art.

It is amazing how time flies by these days; a day is over so quickly especially now it is getting dark sooner.

Can smell the delicious aroma of mince pies wafting from the oven, mince pies full of currants and raisins and mixed peel.

Feel in the mood to eat a few, they are particularly nice warm out of the oven, hope that I will be able to hold them ok.

Hope I do not smash them to pieces, which do happen as the feeling in my fingers is bad, often grip too hard.

Mathilde, my physiotherapist was here at 2pm to supervise my exercises, after 20 minutes hard work, I am happy for her to relax and rotate my arms and massage when needed.

I always notice the benefits of a session with Mathilde, and it is not just the exercises.

We get on well and she teases me mercilessly, which I enjoy, so does she, we usually have fun doing the exercises.

This Thursday there will be no physiotherapy, as it is the appointment for the important fitting of the adaptation on to my electric wheelchair.

I am excited about the idea that I can start to sit up again, am very aware that it will be extremely tiring.

Will have to build up the time that I sit bit by bit, do not want to do anything that would cause the reopening of the wound.

It so0unds very obvious that I need to be careful, but it is not obvious enough that pressure sores can happen easily.

Really need to be aware of how long I am sitting and hope that I will not be tempted to extend the times because I am too impatient.

The reason the pressure sore healed is because I did not sit up, this would have put too much pressure on my bottom.

Even the Roho cushion would not have been able to cure the open sore; once it is open you can not sit up until the sore has healed.

Last year my pressure sore first showed itself as a red patch, then it opened, but each time, about 3 x that it opened before last year August it also healed up.

Then in August last year, the pressure opened again and this time it was a deep wound, one that I did not want to see, eventually Ton, the nurse from the RCA stopped showing me the photos.

Well my new resolution is to be optimistic about sitting upright, it feels a wee bit scary but that is because it is so long ago that I could sit up properly.

The idea of sitting and going outside is overwhelming, hope that I can cope on Thursday, will try to concentrate on the important aspects.

Which is the feeling that my life will be richer if I am not physically isolated in the bedroom everyday and all day.

Here ‘s to life in all it’s variety and wonders and even the downsides are all part of what a friend once called ‘ the rich tapestry of life ‘.


suejan said...

put antiseptic cream on my scar.

Over the moon thro AniaArt and Art2shirt on Twitter America going to use my art I sent via Twitpics for Tshirt for MS
Have yout ried FreeRice game on www think you will like it

Herrad said...

Hi Suejan,
Thanks for ccoming, hope you are doing well.
Great news about your art being used for MS t-shirt.
Have played the freerice game lots.
Have a good evening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Herrad!! Lovely video of Barry Pierre's work! I loved it!
I can't wait for Thursday! I giggled a bit when you said that you could prove to be impatient and want to sit longer...that is THE STORY OF MY, and I've only learned that now! Case in point, my reinjured shoulder over the last 5 years...silly, we need to just take it slowly right? Hard to do I can attest to that, but in your case, my gosh, I'd want to be outside the minute I sit down! :)
I made a great potato/parsnip/carrot/yellow pepper cream soup today, yummy! I'm starting to eat much better these days, and I'm also starting to love veggies! Not a fan of mince pies though, I can't eat cooked raisins/currants, something about the consistancy gives me the willies, lol, but I agree they smell divine!

Peace Be With You said...

Wow, what a gifted painter. Thanks for the video. I send you my best wishes for a good experience with your chair.


Herrad said...

Hi Rain,
Thanks for coming by, good to hear you liked the video.
You are right we need to take it slowly.
I have learnt that but it is amazing how quickly I can unlearn it too.
Your soup sounded really good, really yummy.
Glad you are eating better these days, and you seem to be making alot more things like the pasta and the bread.
I think it is brilliant really good.
Have a good evening and a good day tomorrow.

Enjoying the Ride said...


I'm new to your site, but I can already gather that you've been through a lot in the last year or so, and hopefully are emerging from the worst. Best of luck to you.


Herrad said...

Hi Judy,
Thanks for coming by nice to see your comment, glad you liked the video clip.
I am enjoying visiting your blog.
Have a good day tomorrow.

Hi Mitch,
Thanks for coming by, you too have been through lots.
Really recognise lots of things when I am reading your posts.

Thanks both of you for coming by.
It is good to meet new people like you and Judy from Peace Be With You.
Really pleased I have and have been able to visit your blogs and enjoy reading your posts.
Have a good day tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Dear Herrad,
it is of great joy to be able to read about your happyness and richness of life - thank you for sharing, as they improve mine as well.
A wonderful day before Thursday for you all !

Libby said...

herrad, i think patience is the thing all of us ms'rs need more of, right? see my blog, have pix of tif from 24 yrs ago, you know, back when she was!

Cranky said...

Herrad - interesting comment about your pressure wound and pictures. Skip and I just spoke about that last nite while I was changing her dressing. She doesn't want to see it and, honestly, I don't want to show it to her. They are almost as sucky as MS!

Herrad said...

Hi Robert,
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment, does me good to see it is you.
Good to know that happiness get reflected around the world.
Thursday will be good.

Hi Libby,
Lovely to see your comment too, you are right we really need lots of patience.
Something I did not have too much of before MS and still now I have my moments............

Hi Cranky,
Thanks for your visit and comment, I will never want to see those pictures of the wound.
Can totally understand that Skip does not want to see them either.
Hope Skip's wound is getting better now.
Big hug to you both.

Thanks for coming by and sharing your comments.
Hope today is a good day for you all.