Here’s little Riley with one of his favorite toys. He loves to play fetch. Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the ball away from him so you can throw it. He might growl at you because he’s a tough guy.
I guess this is another MS post. It’s what’s going on with me after all. Let’s call it a vocabulary lesson.
Spasticity refers to feelings of stiffness and a wide range of involuntary muscle spasms (sustained muscle contractions or sudden movements). It is one of the more common symptoms of MS. Spasticity may be as mild as the feeling of tightness of muscles or may be so severe as to produce painful, uncontrollable spasms of extremities, usually of the legs. Spasticity may also produce feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints, and can cause low back pain. Although spasticity can occur in any limb, it is much more common in the legs. (more here.. . from National MS Society.)
Stretching is key in dealing with spasticity. Yesterday I hardly stretched at all. I can’t let that happen.
It doesn’t always have to be structured, although having a few routines to do would ensure that I don’t miss any important muscle groups. Stretching helps me focus and relax, so it’s good for stress management. My only difficulty is keeping Riley from walking all over me while I’m sprawled on the floor.
We got a new puppy. He’s 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Boston Terrier. His name is Riley, and he’s adorable and lovable, and he’s a bit of a nut.
He’s about 8 weeks old, and he’s in the chewing phase of his life. I hope it’s a phase that will pass in a few weeks. He chews me and Ernie. He wants to chew Sadie, but we don’t let him. I think he ate a small rock today.
Puppies are a lot of work, but we’ve fallen in love with Riley. He’s a welcome addition to our furry family.