Judith Nitchie, CMT, LMFT

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Entries in self care (14)

Sunday
Jan222017

Save My Healthcare!

This is what I did on a very rainy Saturday, January 21, 2017!

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Sunday
Sep202015

Dating?

Colin came to my office because his fiancée had just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Though he described his fiancée as meeting his 'standards' in all other respects, that she was the best girlfriend he had ever had, the M.S. diagnosis was a deal breaker. He broke the engagement with her as they left the doctor's office. Apparently (!) she was devastated.

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Sunday
Sep062015

Sometimes a Cigar...

When you think it's butter but it's not, it's Chiffon.
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tag line in 1970's margarine commercial 

 

  • At the end of my massage, the room is twilight-dark, my vision blurred and doubled. It's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Apparently I'm going blind.

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Monday
Aug242015

Oops, I did it again - Falling redux

Approaching the park I think, 'I've got this walking thing down! Time to get back to running.' Hardly a beat and I'm flying into a 'tuck and roll' on the very same piece of sidewalk that I encountered more violently 2 years ago. No blood this time, a prettier landing, and a quicker recovery. But still.

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Sunday
Aug162015

Too Darn Hot!! Global Broiling

It's over 90 degrees in the City by the Bay, famous for its fog and wintry summers. Over 90 in my Sunset neighborhood, reputed to be perpetually fogbound and cold even during a heat wave. This particular 'wave' has been going on for several days and shows no respect for neighborhood boundaries.

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Saturday
Aug082015

Acceptance???

"You can tell me anything, but don't tell me I have M.S." Those were my first words to my new neurologist in 2004.

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Sunday
Jul192015

BRAVE

"You are the bravest person I know," a visiting friend told me after I cursed and whined my way through my daily injection. 'Brave' was not the word that came to my mind. Surely 'brave' doesn't swear or whimper. It's prettier and far more polite.

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Sunday
May312015

Caring and Complaining

'Noble' has an image problem. It brings to mind beautiful colors and music, clear outlines, pristine air. Noble is a mess. Noble is dirty, tedious, and untidy. Noble is the gritty work of providing care for another human being with all his messy, smelly functions.

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Monday
May182015

Unwinnable Fights

Shirley goes round and round in therapy about how her husband doesn't understand what it is like to live with constant pain; that he doesn't understand how awful it is when her legs start to spasm and she can't get herself around the kitchen; that he doesn't get it about not being able to drive, about losing big pieces of her independence. And her family, too: nobody knows what it is like to be in her body, suffering as she does. None of them has any idea what it's like for her. They just don't get it.

I finally tell her, "You are right. He doesn't. They don't. They can't."

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Saturday
Jun212014

About Looking Good

"The real reason so many people know someone with MS who is doing 'fine' is because so many people who have MS are putting forth a Herculean effort on a daily basis to stay active, to not lose ground, to stay in the game."

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