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How are we all doing in run up to Xmas?

Hi gang, just wondering how you’re all coping in the run up for Xmas?

I’ve got my cards half done… got my grandson’s presents (luckily for me my family only buy for the kiddies)… and have ordered my Xmas dinner from frozen food delivery company.

Not much for me to do but in my sheltered scheme there’s lots of events… and I have family events… so even though mine is a small Xmas I’m still feeling a bit stressed out and worried my energy won’t hold out.

Just want to tell the newly diagnosed… and remind you oldies… that MS doesn’t like Xmas very much. It’s exhausting and stressful… two things which doesn’t do your MS any good.

So keep that in mind… and delegate as much as you can… and try and remember that NO family anywhere has a Xmas like they do in the telly adverts!

It doesn’t have to be a perfect Xmas to be a wonderful Xmas!

Take it easy… one step at a time… and tell your family if you’re not coping.

That’s advice I’m giving myself as much as to you all.

Lots of love and hope you’re all ok,

Pat xx

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Sound advice Pat; I’m still trying to get my kids to understand the principle of delegation…

Black dog is back again with me at the moment, despite the arrival of a very cute puppy. Hope I perk up in time for xmas as we have lots of family coming round. MS aside, I do think I suffer badly from sort of S.A.D syndrome.

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I don’t know why the above post is Anon. It’s me… Snow Leopard… not very Anon at all… Pat xx

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Hi Pat

Bought my grandchildren their presents, all wrapped up ready, and that is all.

Going to be a very quiet affair for us this year, which suits me fine (sorry if I sound like a misery) as long as the little ones have a good time, that’s. OK with me.

Pace yourself everyone, I agree ms does not seem to like Christmas.

Pam x

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Hi All,

Presents wrapped, I only do close family, a few cards done but hope to do the rest this week.

Looking forward to a very quiet and cosy Christmas Day on our own and then the grandchildren on Boxing Day.

We did it the other way around last year and it was just too too much!

I do agree with you all though Christmas and MS don’t do well together but I’m so grateful that I coped well with Christmas during all the years that my son was still living at home.

Wishing you all a calm and stress free run up to the day!

Love Nina

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My husband does Christmas for me! He decorates the tree and the living room and does all the cooking on Christmas day. I’ve got all his presents (bought on line) but the really hard bit for me is trying to wrap them all up. My hands don’t work at all well and I make such a mess of it! And he wraps his so well, I need help getting into them! Ho hum!

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Oh London Girl… wrapping!!! My wrapping skills have gone altogether. It’s SO hard.

Why don’t you buy those Xmas carrier bags. I’m sure you’d find them on Amazon.

You husband sounds really lovely!

Pat xx

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Hello all, my card writing is half done, I have a few to post so I must get them done ASAP. Most pressies bought, no wrapping done yet but they are all in the respective gift bags they will be delivered in so I feel organised when I look at them

I went to a panto last night with my Son, his partner and two of the Grandchildren, the kids loved it, I have to say I’ve never liked Pantos very much but it was lovely to see their faces.

Waiting to hear news of my newest Grandaughters birth, her mum was induced this morning, she was showing 5cm dilated when they did it so hopefully will go smoothly and quickly. We were hoping going to the panto would set her off maybe that accounts for the 5cm. I’ll post when she’s born.

Jan x

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Oooh yes Jan let us know when you hear about the new baby!!!

Pat xx

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Hi Everyone,

I totally agree that MS does not like Christmas. I just do a little each day. I have nearly got all the presents. Only 2 to get i have ordered all online.

Just to decorate house this week with help from other family members, Still to order food and write Christmas cards but surprisingly i am not stressed at all.

Robert.

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Totally agree. Christmas is very quiet for us so not too stressful. Most of the presents were bought online although I also get very frustrating when wrapping. Trying to tie fancy ribbon is now a thing of the past. Still the joy is in the giving and I know our traditional present unwrapping will be fun on Christmas morning.

Tree isn’t up yet, that is always tiring but looks lovely when it is done. I am pacing myself and will be going for a nap if it all gets too much.

xxSharon

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Hi All,

Starting to get into the Christmas spirit now. We have just came back from a couple of days to Edinburgh visiting our youngest daughter. We won’t see her over Christmas as they are away to Australia for a few weeks.

We had a great time even used a wheelchair for the first time. My daughter gets the award for the best wheelie pusher. My husband almost catapulted me out of it a couple of times and almost destroyed a display in a shop. We had a hoot though.

i will have to think of writing the cards and wrapping presents now. Just not today I am so tired after the last few days.

We have been invited out for Christmas dinner so won’t have the stress of that this year.

It is Baltic up here today,

Mags xx

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Born safely at 7.30 mother and daughter doing well. I can’t visit as I’m looking after granddaughter number one and she is in bed fast asleep. Plenty of time tomorrow her Daddy is going to FaceTime me later on.

Jan x

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Fantastic news Jan, so exciting for all of you.

Enjoy the cuddles.

Pam x

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Oh how lovely a new baby in time for Christmas. Congratulations!! Enjoy your cuddles.

Mags xx

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Hi London girl,

I have wrapped all my presents this year in Christmas gift bags. For me it solves two problems, it doesn’t make my hands hurt because there is no cutting or folding or sellotaping …it’s also much much quicker therefore less tiring.

I bought the bags from Amazon. Hope that helps?

Nina x

Wonderful news Jan, what a Christmas present!

Nina x

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Oh lovely Jan!!! Many congratulations… new baby for Xmas!

Pat xx

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Hello everyone,

wrapping presents is no longer the art form it used to be. I do gorilla wrapping-strong and ugly. As I child I always wanted a sellotape dispenser because I thought they were cool. Now I have one out of necessity. I used to drown in a sea of sticky stringy mess.

All I say is how thankful I am for on line shopping and I wife who just loves all the build up.

A new baby at Christmas is just the best. Two years ago our Rose was just 2 months old for her first Christmas. Now she is soooooo excited.

We do have a long car journey between Christmas and new year though when we go back to see my family in Wallasey. Steel yourselves!!!

Best wishes, Steve

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Big black dog here, like CP, I’m afraid. Really need the builders to finish. Started another UTI (managed 29 days since finishing the last batch of antibiotic, which is a record, but a blow none the less). Worried about all sorts of health issues. Then had a mammoth exhausting episode this morning trying to find ways of transferring out of the new bath. We will learn to get it right, but this morning trying various ways with a slide board or a Rotastand left me completely done in.

i only have presents to get for: wife, father, sister, brother in law and nephew. It’s a small family, but perfectly formed. Still, getting this sorted is daunting me.

as for cards, we haven’t started. My full list is on our PC which is buried somewhere having been moved for the builders. I’m tempted to pretend to go into hospital again this year; we just couldn’t do cards last year but thought we had a legit excuse!

Ruth is planning to do a shop bought Christmas dinner. We always used to prepare and cook it all together, with lashings of wine to add to the fun. Two years ago she did it all on her own, and was rather fed up that I went straight to sleep after we ate!

having spent hours on her own in the kitchen she felt somewhat robbed!

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