In the last week I've had a mix of chronic fatigue filled days like today that make movement an exercise in pain management. Other days like yesterday spent moving about in the sunshine and enjoying my day almost make crashes like today worth while.
I just did a quick five minute spruce up of my surrounds to keep gloom at bay and spent some time in the sunshine catching up on local news and drinking coffee. I know it's hard to imagine for most people but my glandular pain and general fatigue has been so bad it's taken most of the day to finally get myself something to eat. At the moment I am grateful that my fatigue is not stopping me from indulging in baths, sunshine and beautiful china tea cups.
As I type, I am looking at some beautiful tropical pink flowers that I picked fresh from the garden. The foliage to go with it has a similarly summery structure. My toe nails are painted a similarly lurid pink which cheers me up every time I look at them.
Yesterday, I sped read most a book written about people who were diagnosed with MS who have gone on to make spectacular recoveries. I do not have MS but it is endemic to Tasmania and often traditionally therapy seems unable to stop the progression of the disease. One of the likely reasons that MS rates are high in Tasmania may be the need for Vitamin D to help reverse the condition, or at least halt its progression. The book is full of people who benefited from lifestyle changes and supplementation of Vitamin D leading to full recovery over time.
I knew someone with the disease growing up and watching her suffer was a lesson in heart break. The book is called Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis: Stories of hope and inspiration by George Jelinek and Karen Law. Professor Jelinek, a well decorated emergency medical doctor, was diagnosed with and stabilised his MS within a year of diagnosis.
While I do not suffer from MS, this book does give me hope in the face of poor odds while accepting my current reality. There is wisdom in accepting where we are but I believe in always holding onto reasonable hope. So often, as in the case of these MS diagnosis, people are led to believe that a slide to death is their only option. It pays to look at all the alternatives available to you, and your loved ones.
It's remarkable how many of these case studies (Professor Jelenek also wrote Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: an evidence based approach, for information on recovery steps) recovered with the help of energy dense food with particular emphasis on quality fruit and vegetables and fish. The importance of nutritious food and vitamin D were the two things that stood out for me in particular. Exercise and relaxation also seemed to be critical to recoveries that sometimes took years, but they got there in the end. So much hope in the face of a traditionally bleak prognosis!