Back from the Moon

Hey everyone! I have been gone for a while, I know, busy, busy, busy! I landed back in the USA on Wednesday, the flight back… it was not as enjoyable as the flight to Ireland I must say… They didn’t serve that great of food coming home and there was a crying baby behind me the whole way. By time I had made it on to my flight home I had been up for over 35 hours which I was certain would mess with my MS as I am sensitive to my sleep. Luckily it only made my walking & balance a tad worse and I had some pins & needles / numbness in my left hand & the left side of my face. This got worse with the stress of the airport; LAX is not nearly as nice as the Amsterdam airport which felt like a mall with a few terminals here and there. LAX felt more like a combination of Disneyland on a busy day, the DMV on… well… ANY day, and also a police station. But I made it back without killing anyone, barely, California is so much different then Ireland and after spending a month there, it all became so much more clear here. Anyways, I am home and will start blogging again pretty soon. I have so much to do in order to get back on track so I can’t promise any deadlines or anything, just going with the flow…

So, I just wanted to say, I now know 100% that my biggest triggers for my MS are the weather and stress. Thinking back I felt so good in Ireland that I almost felt like I did not even have MS! I couldn’t run an that was about it. My balance was good, my walking was great, my spasticity was non-existent, my noise sensitivity was fine, I could think a little more clearly, everything was just great! It was in the 30’s (Fahrenheit) while I was there and I came home to the 80’s and as I walked around town yesterday running errands I realized, I felt like I just came home from the moon. If I had to imagine what the transition from 0 gravity to earth gravity felt like it would be how I feel now. I feel heavy and my legs are tight. Once again simply walking 2 miles (3km) is pushing my spasticity and I to my limit (while in Ireland I could easily walk 7 miles or so and not even feel it), even without walking I feel fatigued. It was like I was in a swimming pool for hours holding weights and coming home was like stepping out of the pool, all of a sudden I feel heavy and tired, it all just hit me just like that. Now all of a sudden I feel “sick” again, like I just woke up from a dream where I did not have MS and now reality is sinking in.

I had a great time, I learned a lot, and chance are I will be talking about this for ever, so… sorry… haha! I have lots of pictures to process and will post some here as they come, so keep an eye out!

3 Responses to Back from the Moon

  1. Larry says:

    Glad to hear Matt!

  2. I'm so happy that you got to go. Sounds like Ireland may be a nice home for you in the future?? Please share all your wonderful pictures and memories of Ireland.

  3. Matt Allen G says:

    I will over time haha :p

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