One thing I have learned on this journey is that while I may not be able to do everything to the fullest, I can still have new and exciting adventures!
While this may seem silly to some, my new flower and vegetable gardens have provided me with just that. About 6 months ago I began to experience a whole new MS symptom. I really didn’t think it was possible…..but I have been proven wrong. I know that I have experienced issues with walking, balance and slurring when I talk. Not so fun and I pretty much appear, at times, like I’ve had one too many cocktails. I have learned to make adjustments and changes in almost every situation that I may encounter in life.
And then, it started to affect my cognitive functions. Whaaaaaaat? Where did I put my keys? Did I take my meds? Return that phone call I meant too? Frustrating. I have been taking a shot of turmeric and pepper each day hoping that will help my foggy brain. I have been doing Lumosity in hopes that brain stimulation each day will help alleviate some of this, at times, confusion and brain fatigue in my world. I’m even enrolled in school to help keep my brain active.
So, where do tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions come in? I needed something else to take care of (apparently my 2 1/2 year old wasn’t enough ha!) so I planted a garden! I am still so excited – it seems like everyday something new is popping up or changing colors – I love it! And for those 40 minutes each day, I can focus on nourishment for my garden, pulling weeds and nothing else at all. That is “me time”. It has done wonders for my mood and productivity for the rest of the day. I’m learning to appreciate the small stuff.