Welcome to the Carnival of MS Bloggers, a bi-weekly compendium of thoughts and experiences shared by those living with multiple sclerosis.
Good Ol' Summertime
by Ivy at Life with MS and EDS
In a modest white house,
There was a fridge with blue containers
Stocked with hated Rebif shots
and a woman sick of dealing with…
Evenings wasted each week – three
The need to drink water til the constant need to pee
Heat packs and popping two Aleve
Itchy shot spots nothing could relieve
Shot spots that were also black and blue
Constant fears of waking with the flu
An auto-injector that’s too powerful
A medicine’s whose effectiveness is rather doubtful
Goodbye hate and fear.
Goodbye drinking til my pee is clear.
Goodbye time thieve.
Goodbye auto-injector contraptions.
Goodbye injection site reactions.
Goodbye flu-like side effects.
Goodbye mounting skin defects.
Goodbye six full sharps containers that live on top of my fridge.
(Oh wait, I’m stuck with those since no one will take them from me!)
Here I come, Gilenya! Hope you and I get along well!
(Obviously inspired by, “Goodnight Moon”)
by Karen of Meandering...One moment please
You know what I've been thinking lately...
by Patrick of Caregivingly Yours
(re-posted from August 2009)
Accessible fruit! Who would have thought?
With Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis progression holding and eating some of her favorite foods has become too challenging. As her spouse caregiver, I am always on the look out for solutions and options that can enable her.
Stopping at a road side fruit stand I discovered Donut Peaches (aka Saturn Peaches, aka Angel Peaches, aka Chinese Pan Tao Peaches).
Patti loves peaches. However MS progression was making holding and eating a peach next to impossible. That is until we tried “accessible” donut peaches! They were a hit, easy to hold and easy to eat!
Don’t just take our word for it. Mother Earth News offers the top reasons to eat a Donut Peach:
1. They taste better than other peaches. They're sweeter, with almond overtones.
2. They are lower in acid than other peaches.
3. The pit doesn't cling to the flesh, so it's easy to pop out with your thumb.
4. The fruit's thin, red skin has little or no fuzz.
5. Their small size lends itself to being eaten out of hand.
You just have to like a snack high in Vitamins A and C and only 37 calories per peach.
Thank God when nature lends you a hand.
... and unlike the summer of 2009, this summer they are readily available in the produce section of Giant Food grocery stores at least here in Pennsylvania.
This concludes the 94th edition of the Carnival.
The next Carnival of MS Bloggers will be hosted here on August 18, 2011. Please remember to submit a post (via email) from your blog of which you are particularly proud, or which you simply want to share, by noon on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.