Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital sought to find a connection between an allergy & the activity of inflammatory disease.
Their work found new evidence linking food allergies with relapses of multiple sclerosis. And results were published just this week in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
(My copy was somehow lost in the mail and replaced by an issue of US Weekly. Therefore I was unable to read the complete study but I DID learn about Arianna Grande’s new beau.)
Let’s get serious.
Though the fine work done by Brigham and Women’s Hospital was legit and the published results promising…the following mumbo-jumbo is my own ridiculous thinking of foods I could EASILY AVOID if found to be harmful to my multiple sclerosis.
Here is my list…..
Brussel SproutsRaw OystersBlack LicoriceJello Salad. Yuck all the way around.BeetsWine
(I have never tasted a wine I enjoyed. I’m okay with a wine cooler, just not straight wine.)
All these current trends and new fangled technologies.
I’m a 55 year-old fuddy-duddy who doesn’t know a Kardashian from a Gregorian.
I remember the days when telemarketers were living, breathing humans–NOT robots. And with all this online shopping, I know my UPS driver better than the store clerk.
Convenience is grand but some of this new way of living is being downright lazy.
Untuckit features an entire line of shirts meant to be left hanging. Just the right length to be left untucked. And the perfect length to give others a glimpse of your hairy stomach by raising your arms. (Like that’s what you want to see.)
Though I have always been a tucked guy myself, I admit it looks fashionable on some. Me? I just feel sloppy. And cold.
I’ll give Untuckit shirts a pass, but I’m not certain there is a need for an entire fashion line of untucked shirts. What’s stopping me from wearing my current shirts out? Why do I need yours?
And where is this untuckable trend leading? What’s next unzippable pants?
Quite a fancy logo!
All the new shave clubs fascinate me.
Shaving is a hobby of mine as I seem to be related to the Yeti and have been shaving since the 8th grade.
But I don’t understand the convenience of having razors delivered to my home each month.
I don’t have toilet paper & toothpaste delivered and I seem to manage that supply all right. So what’s the diff with razor blades?
Shoes that don’t need tied are all the rage now.
A company called Kizik offers shoes that “pop on.”
I gotta admit these shoes are about as ugly as they come. Buster Brown made better looking shoes. I have seen more fashionable kicks on the feet of residents at my mom’s nursing home.
And it is not just Kizik, Nike (and soon will Puma) has self-lacing shoes that are connected to an app on a smartphone. The app allows your shoes to be tightened or loosened with a swipe of a finger.
Thank goodness for this new technology as it was such a burden to bend at the waist.
Best of all–get this, the Nike & Puma self-lacing smart shoes have batteries in the sole which needs to be charged once a week depending on use.
I charge my phone nearly everyday, now you tell me I must charge my shoes too?
Imagine the quick-charging station at the airport. Everyone has their phones out while one dude stands there charging his smart shoes!
Eh, don’t get me started, I told ya. It’s all being downright lazy.
“I have changed. I am a different person now than before I was diagnosed. My personality has changed. The old me is coming back. Slowly, but. That’s part of the reason my wife and I are getting a divorce.”
“How long have you been married?” she asked.
“Thirty years. We are high school sweethearts. It’s tough. MS has taken its toll, but we’re gonna keep moving ahead. You can’t give up.”
I was hearing some gut-wretching, straight-talk words from the heart as the guy seated next to me was receiving his infusion.
He was talking to the woman across the aisle–also getting her infusion.
I was eves-dropping, I suppose. That’s what happens when you have ears the size of a satellite dish.
His words were harsh. But honest.
They affected me then. And weeks later, still make me uneasy.
It was the raw side of multiple sclerosis you don’t often hear about.
But what frightens me most…is that he is right. MS changes you both physically AND mentally.
Oh yeah, thanks Funny Meter.
I’m tracking as low as the movie “Holmes & Watson.”
But gimme a break, I’m talking some serious S-H-I-T here!
I kind of agree with my I.V. friend. After all these years in good ka-hoots with MS, my personality has changed too.
I am more reserved. Not as out-going. Less confident. Less social.
I don’t have the energy to engage. Forget about talking over music or loud chatter.
So mostly, I don’t say much of anything.
Someone grab the extinguisher!
Point made, Funny Meter.
I’ll quit my belly-aching.
But not before asking about your experience with MS taking hostage of your personality.
Have you changed? Do you notice a difference? Have others?
The quicker we recognize our change, the easier it is to find positive solutions.
Shutting down & withdrawing is not an option.
We as MSers must remain strong and vital. You are worth more than giving anything less.
Time once again to curl up and read a classic novel with an MS plot.
The MS Bookmobile has returned!
Chocked full of new titles about your favorite chronic disease.
Check out these great reads…..
“Mobility Dick” by Herman Melville“Fire And Fury: The Feeling in my Body” by Michael WolffScary clowns!“MS Clinic is East of Eden St.” by John Steinbeck“The Call of the Wild Itch” by Jack London“Everything I Never Told You About MS” by Celeste NgA thriller!“The Caregiver’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood“The Last Handicap Space” by Randy PauschMy life story.
The MS Bookmobile also offers many children’s favorites including…
“Dairy of a Gimpy Kid” by Jeff KinneyTrue dat!“If You Give an MSer a Cookie” by Laura NumeroffDown she goes…again.
Other selections from the MS Bookmobile include endearing novels such as…
“Not So Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens“Walking Like Frankenstein” by Mary Shelly“The Gripes of Walt” by John Steinbeck
And the popular…
“The Five People You Meet in the Infusion Room” by Mitch Albom
Not to mention this cultural best seller of the 1970’s…
Adults only please.
If you would like to request a favorite MS book, please leave your suggestion with the librarian in the form of a comment.
What would be the lamest idea for the first post of the new year?
Resolutions, of course.
Honestly I don’t make new years resolutions. And neither should you.
Resolutions are a waste of time & energy because they are rarely achieved and meant to be broken.
Think about it.
We often come up with our silly resolutions while 3/4 of the way through a $4 dollar bottle of champagne, wearing a party hat and blowing a noisemaker saved from past year’s new years eve parties.
Can you really be serious about losing 20 pounds in this condition? Hardly.
Resolutions go unachieved because they are too broad with no real plan of action.
Then you throw multiple sclerosis into the mix and it is simply easier to pull the party hat down and drain the rest of the cheap Aste.
Start small if you must make resolutions.
“Organizing my whole house” is too overwhelming. A job too big even to fathom.
Begin with a more manageable task…like organizing the kitchen junk drawer.
Oh dear God.
Eh, on second thought even THAT seems daunting!
Taking better care of yourself is a popular resolution.
Even with MS, simple steps (no pun intended) can be made to improve your well being.
Like moving more. Get up. Move what you can as often as you can.
Unable to stand? No excuse. Move your arms to reach for the ceiling. Stretch. Shrug your shoulders (I’m really good at that). Turn your head.
Wanna tighten your gut? Suck it in as far as you are able. Hold it. Let it out and do it several more times. Feel the muscles in your core contract making you sit up higher, taller & straighter.
Try to make better choices at din-din time too. Again no need to make drastic changes. Keep’em small. Instead of a cheeseburger–get a hamburger. You’ll save fat & calories and you probably don’t taste the cheese anyway.
Swap out a soda with a glass of water.
Enjoy a snack, but only one.
And don’t eat late in the evening if you can avoid it. Wake up hungry is what I say.
Who needs brazen resolutions when simple and smaller does the job just as well.