What is the MS 365 Project?
The MS 365 Project is a celebration of my 20th year with Multiple Sclerosis and the active lifestyle that I have used in my fight against MS. This year long project will hopefully raise money for the Can Do MS organization and raise awareness of how strenuous activity can help in the fight against MS.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
It's the time of year when lots of obligations and responsibilities ramp up in my life. As a teacher, the end of the semester is the time for state standardized tests, which this time around has been punctuated by school cancellations and delays due to snow and ice. As a grad student, the new semester is upon me and I am finding out the projects and assignments that I will need to successfully accomplish this time around. As a small business owner, the economic climate of our small town does not give any sense of comfort or predictability. Of utmost importance is my wife and son. It is imperative that I not let other responsibilities take away from my most important role as a father and husband.
It is a juggling act that is easy sometimes and incredibly difficult at others. Daily exercise helps ease the effects of stress, but it always lurks. The hardest part of it all is simply remembering what I should be doing, what I need to do, and about a million other things that I need to keep track of. My memory- especially my short term memory, is getting worse and worse. I'm trying to develop habits that help to counteract the effects of this cognitive deterioration, but I haven't struck a natural workflow that I can rely on. Online calendars/to do lists, paper notebooks, paper calendars - none of these things has become habitual.
I've started a trial supplement study for Apoqueorin, a chemical derived from light-emitting jellyfish. I don't know if I am taking the true supplement or a placebo this first go round, but I will definitely get the supplement in the second round trial. Apoqueorin is being tested as a supplement to aid in cognition, fatigue and sleep quality in MS patients. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on my personal cognitive issues.
What are your solutions to keeping track of your busy life?