MS Awareness Month: A Day In The Life Of An MS Blogger
"Everyday she takes a morning bath, she wets her hair.
Wraps a towel around her as she’s heading for the bedroom chair.
It’s just another day." Paul McCartney
As you probably know by now March is MS Awareness Month, and I’ve been asked by the wonderful people at MultipleSclerosis.net to write about a “typical day” in my life. My first reaction was, “Will anyone really be interested?” and they assured me they would. So here goes. Fingers crossed.
Ever since I began to blog my life has looked pretty much like the movie “Groundhog Day”, when Bill Murray begins each day in the exact same way.
It’s true. Take a look.
5:00 – 6:00am: No matter what time I go to bed I always wake up at this ungodly time of morning. Like another Beatles song goes, “I get up, get out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.”
I grab my laptop and its charger, my cell phone and quietly tiptoe into the Great Room where I feed my 3 cats, make a cup of coffee and plop down into my comfy chair. Facebook, Twitter, emails, and daily updates from The New York Times and The Huffington Post all await me.
After I finish answering mail, retweeting, answering and favoriting tweets, moderating the MultipleSclerosis.net Facebook group, posting to Facebook friends and groups and reading the news, it’s time for my husband and son to wake up.
- “Good morning. How did you sleep?”
- “What’s on your agenda today?”
- “How do you feel?”
- “What’s the temperature outside?” (This was a popular question during our winter from HELL)
- What do you want for dinner tonight?”
That’s about the extent of our early morning conversation because I’m usually busy by the time they wake up, and they ‘re busy waking up. They also need to eat right away.
It’s a good thing they are both capable cooks.
7:00am – 1:00pm: This is when I finish the bulk of my work because, MS-wise, it’s when I’m the most awake and productive.
Depending on which day of the week it is, I write either a blog post for my blog, An Empowered Spirit, a post for MultipleSclerosis.net or another piece for the sites I write for.
I like to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day so it’s important I get as much work done during these hours as possible.
It’s also when I make phone calls and send any submissions or write queries that I am working on, perform research for future articles or arrange for future interviews.
1:30pm – 4:00pm: My body begins to “shut down” and I have no choice but to either nap or lie down to read a book or watch something mindless on my laptop.
This past weekend I attended an incredible conference that included air travel and tons of walking. (If you’ve ever been to a Gaylord Hotel you know what I mean.) There was no time to nap and, as always happens when I don’t nap, I pay the price for it.
If you need me I’ll be home for a few days catching up on my work and NOT walking.
4:00pm – 7:00pm: My husband, thank goodness, is the cook in the family. Yup. He loves to food shop and creates wonderfully delicious and healthy cuisine for us to enjoy. That suits me fine. I’ll clean up for him anytime.
When I feel a little rested (because, face it, most of us never feel fully rested) I do some more work. We eat on the late side – my husband, son and me – because we enjoy having family meals together and have to wait until everyone is home.
8:00pm – 10:00pm: I usually head into our bedroom to finish up whatever work I need to wrap up. Last minute items on social media I need to tend to. Then I treat myself by either reading my book or enjoying some TV or a movie.
11:00pm: Bedtime (unless I fall asleep before!) With a little help from my friends I eventually nod off between 11:00pm – midnight.
This is a general outline of my very fascinating day (ahem) but it changes depending on what’s on my agenda. For instance, doctor visits, meeting friends or family for lunch (writing is a lonely business so I try to do this as often as possible), playing with my cats (a great stress-buster), getting in some exercise (such as walking or yoga), running errands, networking, attending events in Manhattan or its environs, can all change my daily schedule. After all, if every day were exactly the same, life would be pretty boring.
On weekends we either go out to dinner, see a movie, meet up with friends, go hear some music or do something fun in Manhattan. The list of social possibilities is endless. And thank goodness, because variety is the spice of life!
Sometimes our weekends are left empty on purpose because we prefer (and need) to enjoy the peace and quiet of our home.
And when we’re lucky we take a vacation.
That’s it! Pretty exciting, eh?
In honor of MS Awareness, what’s YOUR day like? Please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
Do you celebrate your MS Anniversary?