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Riley and his green ball

Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix with green toy ball.

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.

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No Time

I would tell you that there’s no time for blogging, but I won’t, because it isn’t true . I could make time, but I have chosen not to. I’m occupied with my final project for Digital Humanities class. I’m making art. I’m listening to podcasts and audio books. I’m doing more yoga. I’m working more hours.

Digital painting created with ArtRage app for iPad.
Digital painting created with ArtRage app for iPad.

I try to keep Riley from eating things he shouldn’t eat. Sometimes I just let him do what he wants because I don’t have the energy to stop him. He’ll be a year old this week. Wouldn’t it be nice if he decided to grow up a little for the occasion? That’s not gonna happen.

 

 

 

Stretch

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.

Photo of Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix.
Riley wants to help me stretch.