So I have been in Ireland for a few weeks and I have not really done much blogging, so, I am sure you are wondering, “How is Matt doing?”. To answer that simply… GREAT! I can now confirm what I have been suspecting for a long time, heat and stress are MY two biggest triggers for my MS and no, I did not find this out the typical way of exposing myself to each variable, in fact, it has been the very opposite.
Heat? None here, it has been around 32-39 degrees Fahrenheit (0-4 degrees Celsius), in fact, I woke up this morning to snow everywhere, not thick, but a nice thin layer of white that has come and gone all day.
Stress? Nope, even in Dublin life feels so simple and relaxed compared to southern California. I have not really been battling my sensitive startle reflex (sound sensitivity) so my heart feels well rested since it has not been jumping every 10 seconds.
With those two factors almost eliminated I feel… Almost how I used to feel (before my major attack). I mean, I am not going to climb the pyramids of Giza any time soon but really, when I am just walking around town? I feel fine, no fatigue and my spasticity does not even start bothering me till about 4 or 5 miles (7-9km) of walking, maybe more? I have not found my limit yet. I have been trying to take as many pictures as I can but without my laptop it is hard to work on them since I shoot in RAW format so in order for me to post them here I have to convert them to JPEG which is hard without the right software, plus, I am used to Mac not Windows haha! My biggest issue is that there is so much to see, it’s overwhelming! I would usually spend like 30 minutes shooting one building back home but here? It’s an entire city of those kinds of buildings! Buildings, sidewalks, bridges, statues, monuments, they are everywhere! Had I known this I would have bought an external hard drive to store these pictures but instead I have two stacks of blank DVD’s!
Point is, it’s hard to focus on shooting when there is so much in every direction I turn that I want to just see and take in, life, life the way it should be. I would need years of shooting just to highlight it all! If I won the lottery I would buy a house here in Dublin and spend my life just relaxing, being healthy, taking pictures, and writing in my home office/library. Living Life.