Pushed Myself too Hard, New Puppy and Lab Work

So I pushed myself too hard the other day. I have been really exercising since my second round of Lemtrada and the other day I decided to step it up a bit and push myself even harder. It felt good but I definitely wiped myself out and the next day I knew I had pushed myself a bit too hard. For the next week or so I felt extra tired, extra dizzy, my balance was extra horrible and I felt kind of weak. I say extra because not a days goes by where I don’t feel all of that at some level. I just didn’t want to get up and move. This led to me not eating as well and abandoning my daily routine of keeping myself going, eating right and writing. So I have just been letting my emails back up and taking it easy but yesterday I felt I was ready to slowly start getting back into my routine except it is still a bit different since we adopted a new puppy; lot’s of work!

He is actually like 5 months old and pretty mellow and well behaved but it’s still tiring. It has involved me having to make sure I let him outside every 2 hours or so to use the bathroom and then I have to hover around him while we are out there because he wants to eat everything he finds on the floor from rocks to pieces of bark to pieces of trash that somehow found it’s way into the yard. I am not the worst at training a dog but I am definitely not anywhere near the best at it. So it’s just been exhausting! So of course I haven’t been getting any chores done – I mean, I am not even getting any writing done so if I can’t get myself to do that why would I want to do something that takes me a good amount of effort when I am not extra exhausted? Well, I have been slowly adjusting and I think I am getting the hang of things.

Back to my health, I finally, after around 2 months of phone calls, got my doctor’s office to successfully send the orders for my monthly labs sent to EMSI who will be coming to my house to draw my blood so I do not have to find a ride to the lab every month. That has been really stressful as I missed my labs for September (they were supposed to be done right before my second round of Lemtrada) plus my first labs for after my second round of Lemtrada are going to be a little late (they are supposed to be done every 4 weeks and I finished my second round of Lemtrada on October 5th). So I am just relieved that it is finally scheduled after 2 months of phone calls that felt like were getting me nowhere!

Other than that my life has been pretty boring and uneventful haha…

PS – for at least a month I have been getting tinnitus (ringing in the ears) pretty frequently. Not that I have not had it randomly in the past but it’s happening way more often now and much louder; not sure what that means regarding disease activity in my brain…

Matt Allen G

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2010 at the age of 20. It's been a battle ever since and I have always shared my story and struggles online!

3 thoughts on “Pushed Myself too Hard, New Puppy and Lab Work

  • November 3, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Oh the ringing in the ear I get I fear infection or I’m getting sick….that’s just me…but get it check for sure might also be problem with balance issues

    • November 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Well, I am going to bring it up for sure but I know it’s MS as I have always had some degree of it just never this often/loud. So we will see…

  • May 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Matt,

    I can definitely relate to your struggles balancing the taking care of a pup (especially a new one!) and still managing one’s own life. Back then, taking care of my new pup was exhausting to say the least. Even with the troubles, my pup still managed to bring so much joy to my family and I, so know that all the work will pay off! Thank you for sharing.


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