Why is it that when we get less sleep than we should we are so unproductive the next day? I honestly turn into blobby mummy on those days and to be honest with you, those days are way too often now. These past few nights I have had a lot less sleep, waking up at odd hours to go to the loo, then can’t get to sleep. The worst one this week was waking around 1am and not being able to sleep until sometime after 5pm… argh!! How am I supposed to function the next day? Well I do, but I suffer for a few days afterwards. I have been taking melatonin to try and sleep lately, as well as I take magnesium supplements to stop my muscles from twitching at night… The joys of MS I guess.

I’m still co-sleeping with my nearly-three year old. I’m having a hard time encouraging him back to his own bed lately. He enjoys it and some nights I do too, but I really don’t enjoy it when he has a restless night, because that means I have one too. I had to laugh at another ladies blog the other day. She was commenting on how many sleep wear out there mention things like “I love sleeping in” or “Hit the snooze button”. When you are a mum, sleep is a precious commodity and not something to be treated as a joke. Seriously, how many mums out there get enough sleep?! I’m still chuckling because I suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. I mean like since 2014 I have had a hard time sleeping all night. I’m in a constant state of sleepiness – I just have my “I’m not so bad that I can’t drive” vs “I’m that bad I can’t drive”. I’ve had to cancel appointments due to lack of sleep, and my social life has suffered because of it too!

How many other mum’s with MS and without MS understand this?

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Welcome to my Blog

This is my first entry! I’m nervous and excited to be sharing my life with you!

Hi! My name is Honnie and if you have already read my About Me page, you may already think you know a bit more about me. If you have, well done! “What is this blog about?” I hear you ask… well, it’s about me!! The title of my blog is Looking After Mum and that’s what I intend to do. One of my favourite sayings is that you can’t look after anyone with an empty cup, so this is about how I intend to use this year to fill up my cup a bit in order to be there for those I love. To give you a bit of a background into my life, I live in in a small Australian town with my gorgeous husband and equally (if not more) gorgeous son. If you are a numbers person, I’m 42 next week, my husband is 45 in May and my son is 3 in June. Yes, I like to count my chickens before they hatch… We are currently trying working on another little one to add to the clan, but we fear we may have missed that boat!

I started my University course for speech pathology when I was 30. I lost 30kgs, was working full time as a speechie and met a man who I felt might be the one. My life was starting to look great!  6 months after we started dating, I had a health scare where my speech went ‘funny’ and I couldn’t formulate proper sentences. After a few scans and an MRI, I was admitted to hospital for 8 days. It was a scary moment in my life. Being trained in how to read scans and which parts of the brain effects what functions, I was devastated to see that the whole language/speech center of the brain was under a white cloud of lesions. I had a hard talk with my then boyfriend about the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and what that meant for our future. I gave him so many chances to change his mind and run. I had my second relapse six months after the first, the week before we had planned to go to Brisbane for a holiday (by car!). I had foot drop this time and the fatigue was debilitating, but we still went. I took a walking stick to help me get around Seaworld, and I slowly got better over the fortnight. We survived the holiday! We were married in the middle of 2013, and I fell pregnant shortly after our honeymoon. I gave birth to my beautiful son, who was 2 weeks late, 9lb3oz and delivered by c-section after a 30 hour labor.  My husband and I have tried to remain positive about my diagnosis, not knowing what the future holds, and he is my best supporter and advocate.

This year I’m hoping to improve my health, lose 30kgs (again) and take back control of my life.  I’m looking to pursue new endeavors this year, one being nail art and another being beauty/skin care and I want to get back into painting and/or photography ! I also want to spend more time with my son, who goes to family day care once a week. Monday will be my blogging days. I am currently looking into essential oils, whole food diets and other alternative therapies to help improve my health. Fingers crossed I find a perfect result for myself and I can feel confident in going off my Disease Modifying Drugs and feel normal again!

I’m hoping to meet new people and make new connections through my blogging. So say “hi” if you are reading this – and please don’t be shy and introduce yourself! I’m really new to blogging and don’t know fully how this works, so I hope I don’t frustrate myself and you along the way…

Over and out (or however is normal to sign off a blog) 😀 :p