Fandango’s Provocative Question #27:

If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice


I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 30 years ago, but have it under control. Keep to a good diet, and it might or might not work.

That was one problem, but about 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and that is something else. It is very likely that I had been dragging it around for at least  30 years, but with increasing accidents for no apparent reason it was decided by my doc to have a thorough examination. I always had balance problems, but it was wrongly said I had problems with the ears. They did a spinal tap, various eye tests and about 3 scans: one body scan, one brain scan and a third on the lungs as often MS can be confused with a lung disease. The case was clear with the results, it was MS. There is no cure for MS. There are various medicines available and I am now on something called Betaforen which slows down the symptoms.

What are my symptoms: fatigue, although under control is the main one. My legs no longer do the job so well, and after falling and breaking my left fibula just over a year ago, I can no longer lift my left foot. When I get into my car I have to physically lift my left leg to put it into the car. We all grow old. I did not expect that old means no longer able to do what you used to do. All you plans of holidays, retirement, having fun are replaced with annual check ups, and waiting to see what happens next. I take it as it comes, I cannot influence anything, and there is no cure for MS, although research is being made. I have developed a very intersting walk, something like the Monty Python feature about the Ministry for funny walks.

My method to overcome this problem is to keep your eyes open and take what you can to improve it. I was in the lucky situation of having enough money to buy myself an electric wheelchair for transport. I have my own car to ensure my mobility, My neurologist persuaded me not to give up driving and I am glad. In the meanwhile my husband, 8 years older than me, will be 80 years old this year and is also no longer as mobilie as he was. He has a back problem, and in spite of my MS I am the one that everyone depends on in the family. Mr. Angloswiss no longer drives the car. I am still able to do the housework, although I now also have a cleaning lady for bathroom, shower and kitchen because I can no longer risk climbing ladders and reaching the awkward places.

Otherwise I just keep going. I am perhaps one of the lucky ones that still has everything under control. I have even become a half profi nurse with my mix injections which I always do myself. I have good treatment in Switzerland, a good neurologist and a nurse who organises my injection material. I am expecting a delivery tomorrow which will be enough for the next three months. I organised myself a fridge which I keep in the basement in my laundry room and my delivery arrives by special post delivery in cool boxes. I unpack them and give them to the postman to return them. Everything under control. At home I can still move around with my walker, or stick, even unaided although I must be very careful. If I fall I have to call for the ambulance men to pick me up again because there is no-one at home that can do it.

And that’s that. And please one day let their be a cure for MS.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #27:

FOWC with Fandango: Homework

Me on the computer

Big brother is watching you
Working on my blogs at home
It keeps me on my toes
And so I do not roam
Homework at school
The annoyance of the day
But homework on my computer
It is such fun to play
My connections are everywhere
Although we never meet
My contacts are doing their homework
Which makes it all so neat
We have never met in person
Our meetings are online
We have our little discussions
And this is really fine
Although this is not work
A daily task of pleasure
We sit in our homes
And write our words at leisure

FOWC with Fandango: Homework

Good Morning


We have blue skies again, although I have learned not to trust it. It could easily be that at midday there will be clouds and rain. My little garden seems to be enjoying it and so are the woodlice. They have made themselves at home on my raised beds, although they leave my plants alone. The seem to be enjoying the damp weather we have. Admittedly they are not pretty with their little armoured bodies, but where I used to have a slug infection the woodlice have taken over. Sligs devour everything with their near 200 teeth. I did a quick information check on them in Internet about woodlice and they just like damp places. They are rarely a danger to plants and I can safely leave them to do their own thing, although they resemble an army with their armour on ready to attack. I will try to get a few photos, but it seems they are still sleeping at the moment. Even the bees have not arrived yet. The flowers they like are closed and I only saw one bee hoping to have it all to himself buzzing around.


Although the sedum is ready and waiting, still a little wet from the night rain, I must say the gardener did a good job. She planted sedum here and there and it makes a wonderful yellow bed. There is also a type with red flowers, but they are not yet open.


My thymian is showing its flowers, although I am still adding it to various dishes. It is so much easier to keep under observation on the raised bed and to use it.

I am afraid I have nothing new to show at the moment as I have been housebound due to the rain. Today is again day of fresh bed linen but I now have the routine and everything under control.


I noticed in the store yesterday that the summer fruits are now being sold at normal prices. I already baked an apricot tart last week and now the nectarines are on a special offer. Actually I am not a great fruit eater, but I they are quite good for keeping the sugar household in order in the body I heard. I am diabetic, Type 2 with tablets, so I suppose every little helps. Yesterday they were still hard, fresh from the store, but this morning they are becoming more edible. I really do not want to have to inject insulin. I am not sure if I still have space due to my injections for MS every second day, and that is not a pen.

No shopping today and I am really hoping to get out a little bit this afternoon to see what the world is doing. And now to doing something useful, like having a tidy up in the apartment. I am becoming a super housewife it seems, but I just cannot sit around and do nothing.  When I had to work it was annoying, now that it is a free choice I like doing it. Have a good day and make the most of it, even if it is not so good. Hope to see you around later.


I leave you with a mystery photo: my indoor plants, now outside on the porch, and a shadow of the photographer.