I have not been paying much attention to my blog lately other than weekly check in with steps but the truth is my MCTD is pretty quiet so I haven’t had much to discuss recently. I am not complaining about a dormant MCTD but I do think it is time to do a full check and reconnect.
I am at 242 days without a flare and with the extremely mild winter that Maine has had this year I have not even suffered from Raynaud’s much either. My fingers are feeling much better and using the compound seems to have helped the issues I had over the summer. I have to see the doctor again and have updated X-rays done to see if the calcium deposits are really smaller or gone but my fingers in general really feel much better.
As many of you know I am completely committed to my yoga practice and teaching these days so although my steps are right where they need to be I am not focusing on walking, spinning, or other cardio activities as much right now. I am in the yoga studio or at home doing yoga every day and that takes a lot of time. I was listening to a podcast the other day that said don’t let hobbies get in the way of people, relationships and family. I think my husband would whole heartily agree with that statement but also realizes that I need to take this time now to establish myself as a yoga instructor so I can do more with it in my future and see where this may take me. I love teaching, I love learning and I love doing yoga so all in all it was the best decision for me to make at this time in my life.
I do hope to find a nice balance between my yoga, cardio, weight training and of course my family and friends. If only I could get my husband to join me in doing yoga I would be able to spend time with him while we did yoga but that is not likely for at least for the near future. Perhaps as we move forward into our mid-lives it will inspire him to stay flexible and work on yoga for his body and mind. Speaking of mind, my meditation practice is dialed and do get a few moments every day to sit quietly and just breathe. There has been some research recently that states that a daily meditation practice could help with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain. Find ways to relieve stress and finding ways to ensure that I don’t get over fatigued greatly helps with my MCTD and chronic pain, therefore, meditation is a great tool for both of those things.
With 242 days behind me I forget that I even have MCTD some days but I am also not new to having a long stretch being flare-up free and then having that flare that takes me back to zero. I half expect it any day but I also don’t expect it to ever come again. As we age and our hormones change that can also help with reducing the frequency of flares, good sleep, moderate eating, reducing stress, mindful activity, giving and receiving love and peace all help in managing the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
I look forward to my next doctor appoint to see where my numbers are and what my X-rays look like and can make adjustments from there, but until then I will continue to do what I do and hope for many more flare up free days.