Cyn Kohls
I am making cookies for a sale to support Holy Family Catholic School.  They always need a lot so I doubled the recipe,  makes sense right.  Then I forgot that I already wrote it down with the amounts doubled and doubled it again.  Ok, we need a lot of cookies anyway.  So far no problem.  Then I am listen to something while I am putting in the salt and baking soda, no big deal I can multitask.  The small "t" stands for teaspoon - I know that... So WHY did I put in tablespoons?  Now I have a problem!!

Do not worry - I will make another batch (or 4) without making mistakes, you can safely buy the cookies :)


still thinking about surgery?????

very excited about Halloween

I am freezing, better than suffering from a full blown hot flash

someone that I knew, liked, and counted on died...........God Bless you all

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I am having so much fun today, driving my husband crazy!  I seem to be thinking of everything and anything all at once.  It is fun, I am thinking that I need to call my PT because I forgot my appointment date and then I should call my Chiropractor to set an appointment.  Then I need to go grocery shopping, I need to make cookies for the craft fair this Saturday.  This Friday we have the hay ride and everyone who said they were not coming are coming... how are we going to fit thirty people on the trailer??? when will we have time to carve pumpkins???  Do I want a new-fanged pumpkin or just go with the traditional face???   Should we see about a larger trailer???  This is going to be so much fun.  I have to get gas in the car today.  I need to pick up Guy's costume.  Oh and I need candy for Halloween.  I've got to get ready for practice.  I have laundry to do.... It is only 9 am, I have time.

So, It is now bedtime, what did I do... Well, I got some groceries - not all because I forgot the list.  I did call PT, they did not answer so I'll have to call tomorrow.  I did call about a longer trailer, did not reserve it though... I showered :).  I did have a good practice and believe we will have a good game tomorrow.  Saw a friend in the parking lot and talked for a bit.  Made dinner and it was good.

Still have to clean the kitchen and get clothes ready for tomorrow - over all  a good day.
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Brittany Maynard is a very brave person.  I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers.  I like her comment, "I would not tell anyone else they should choose death with dignity.  My question is, Who thinks they have the right to tell me that I don't deserve this choice?  That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain?"  That is a good question.
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So, the neurosurgeon I have been seeing ever since the fall at Office Max, 10 months ago now, has asked me to think about surgery.  Surgery to open the pathways the nerves come through in my neck.  I have suffered a compression injury.  I have been going to therapy and it has helped, a lot.  However, I still have numbness and weakness in my arm and hands.  So he has told me that the symptoms I have are from this compression injury and that he could fix them easily.  He has done this surgery with great results a lot.  However, he is concerned about my MS.  Will the surgery cause a "flare" up, will I be worse off afterwards from a "flare" up,  how will my body handle surgery...?  There are questions with no answers.  I really use my arms and hands a lot.  Probably more than the average person, since they help me with my mobility.  I want to be able to use my walker without grip problems.  I want to be in the kitchen using my knives without problems.  I want to use eating utensils without dropping them.  I want the strength to cut an apple without having to leverage my whole body against it.  I want to cut greens and vegetables for a salad without having to take a break. I want to be able to lift a bowl into the sink without dropping it.  I want to shave my legs without dropping the razor.   I want to get dressed without asking my husband for help (he usually wants to help me the other way).  I want to type on my computer without having to "hunt and peck."  So, do I have the surgery...?  I really want my arm and hands back.  I think yes.  However, I really do not want to get worse!  Is it worth it??? I do not know.
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Here are some suggestions I've seen on the internet for MS memory - brain fog.  I do some of these things, not because I have MS, because I am old :).


Make lists and take them with you – People used a variety of systems for list-making, from post-it notes, smartphone applications, and small notebooks that were carried at all times
“Post-its are my best friends!”
“I make notes about everything, even where my car is parked!”
“I have notes on my smart phone and a notebook that I take to the doctor with me”
Keep a calendar and update it regularly
Use alarms as reminders
Keep your brain active  – use online websites (such as luminosity.com) to play brain games, do crossword puzzles, practice meditation

I use my phone, love all the Google aps.  Really like that my husband knows how to set all of them up so my calendar is everywhere!!!
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We've all heard this before, "your attitude makes the situation."  It is true, bad attitudes make for no fun, good attitudes makes fun.  Did you know attitudes can be contagious?  It is true, have you noticed that when you are with someone talking how easy it is to chime right in with "negative" or "positive" comments depending on the mood of the conversation. a lot of  "I knows, can you believes, did you see thats" going around.  It is also that easy to change the mood of the conversation by being aware of what you contribute.  "I know, how brave of that person to be...",  "can you believe how cool...",  "did you see that she must really like...."  We can all notice the negatives and are so used to making fun that the comments just flow right out.  I am making an effort to be more open, to put myself in others situations, to realize that I do not know what is going on in someone's  life and to appreciate that they are doing their best or at least what makes them happy.  Although, I must admit I do not mind having a short little  "can you believe it" conversation with my best friend knowing that it will not be taken any other way than blowing off steam.

Oh, last night during a game my attitude turned bad.  Unfortunately there were 14 young players counting on me to bring my A game, to see the positives and build on them.  There were few and far between impressive playing moments and by the last 2 minutes I was voicing my dismay.  It served no purpose and now I have to make it right with my team.  I will, they are a great group of young women who have many talents - even if basketball is not one of them :).  I am going to let them know that I think they have great potential and then have them run!

On a totally different subject - Miracles and Success. Being "sick" I have people telling me that they are praying for me, praying for a miracle.  I want to say "Thank You" and keep it up.  I also want to say that I could very well already be the "miracle" I am supposed to be.  Miracles are subjective, are they not?  As is success, right?  My idea of success is different than yours.  Some days success is getting showered and dressed.  Pretty lame for most people, however, there are some of us that find that successful.  As for miracles, I really do not know...maybe the miracle is living well with MS and not actually "getting rid" of it.

What do you think?
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Awhile  back my husband came up with the idea of a Halloween hayride, since I could not keep up with them.  I was walking back then, just too slow.  Every year since more of our friends join us.  So this year we have 7 families going on the ride.  FUN!  Life with MS...
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