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It just sucks.

This morning I awoke with the same gluey eyes that  greet me every morning. Between allergies, age, an over active sinus condition, and macular degeneration in the left eye that plays with the cataract in the right eye, it is not surprising that my vision is not totally clear. But today it was different. Even after applying liquid tears and blinking to cover every nanno section of my eye balls, my eyesight was still incredibly fuzzy. I put on my eye glasses for reinforcement and found no improvement what so ever. When I closed my left eye, I had a fairly good clear view with my right eye; but when I alternated this little exercise, my left eye absolutely refused to clear at all.
This just figured. My prescription changes yearly if not more frequently, but I just acquired new glasses two weeks ago in preparation for the new school year; plus it was time for the yearly change. My insurance would NOT agree to another eye exam without me even inquiring. And the deal I got on my new frames…

Oww!

It is such a shame that our MS symptoms and side-effects do not come with an absolute warning so that we can plan our daily events and life experiences around the inconveniences of the disease. It would be so very wonderful to at least be able to depend on a fair indication of an exacerbation or annoying symptoms so that our social and professional calendars ran more smoothly.
My brother’s girlfriend has a talking parrot who often gives him all the parrot love that she is capable of, rubbing affectingly against him, perching on his shoulder, or staring adoringly on to his face. When they first became acquainted he fell under her spell and didn’t realize that her attention was a false sense of security in her devotion. Aftera few “bird attacks” his attraction to her waned drastically and Abby was relegated to her cage when he was in the room. He learned that there is nothing as painful as being bitten by an irate parrot. But then, he started paying close attention to the bird’s behavior…

Flop Drop Giggles

Just call me an over achiever, but I have experimented with a variety of drop foot eliminators, including one of those wire-controlled devices to elimate my drop foot and I just could not get along with it. I think it is probably a wonderful tool for folks can afford it or that their insurance recognizes it as a viable treatment for MSers. Mine, unfortunately, does not; but, I could diverse very quickly onto the topic of what the "real" world views as important. We have all experienced this. Because we cannot understrand MS and because it cannot be categorized in black and white terms as far as definition, then there is no true documentation to make it a "real" disease and funding for this imaginary condition is not justified with the powers who hold the purse strings. Whoops! Showing my cynical persona. Sorry.
It's me. I'm back; Miss Positive.
This Flop Drop thingy sounds like an interesting and affordable idea. Sure, it's another money maker for some…

Purple Dragonfly Award Winning Book!!!!

Abby Wins Coveted Purple Dragonfly Book Award

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2014) – The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, andAbbyby Lisa A. McCombs, won second place in the YOUNG ADULT FICTION category. Lisa teaches eighth grade reading at Monongah Middle School and is the author of two additional young adult novels, Raspberry Beret and Opening Pandora’s Box.Abby, the first installment in this trilogy, is also a Reader’s Choice finalist for 2012 and 2013. All three novels areavailable in hard copy as well as e-book format on Amazon and Create Space.
“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor o…

Yoga is NOT for sissies!

What a perfectt sentiment to what is on my mind today! I have played around with all types of exercise all of my life and when MS presented ist own challenge to me, I realized that my exercise regime needed to take a serious turn from high impact aerobics to more manageable options. "Yoga!", the spealists urge. "Yes, yoga!" my neurologist choruses. "Yoga is the thing!" all of my research indicates. "Namaste", my cat's wise eyes tell me at the end of my yoga routine. To this point, I thought I was doing okay in my yoga practice. Not too strenuous, not too anything, really. I realized that I was doing more observing than actual participating when I tuned in to Sadie Nardini (Rock Your Yoga) on the Veria channel or invited Charles from my Yoga Zone cd collection into my living room. Sure, I stretched; I rocked; I did what ever I was told until it became too challenging for me to continue. Then I just folded into a child's pose and thought …

“Culprit in skin damage is exposure to sun”

So, while reading the newspaper this morning my eyes fall upon this headline. I find it ironic since that very sun is what is plaguing me today. It is a beautiful summer day in West Viirginia and this evidently is praying on the minds of a group of my teacher colleagues who are getting together next week for a day of fun in the sun. We are to meet at a swimming pool in a neighboring town for some laughs and visits and then off to a popular watering hole for dinner and drinks. It sounds lik so much fun. I used to partake in these randezvous quite often in my early teaching days. The memories flood my socially hungry brain and I see myself young, lean, tanned and ready to play with my pals.
Sure, I reply to the FB invite. I’ll be there!
Then I step outside and am instantly slammed to the ground bythe heat. My legs get weak and my head spins. And that is on the shady premises of my back porch. What will it be like at a swimming pool in direct sunlight? I panic. I really want to see my budd…