How to Fit Work, Rest, MS Into Your New Baby ‘Time Zone’
There’s a new time zone in Dion W.’s household. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy “My husband calls it Kailynne Standard Time,” says Dion, 35, of Northeast Ohio. “She wakes up maybe once … Read More
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“My husband calls it Kailynne Standard Time,” says Dion, 35, of Northeast Ohio. “She wakes up maybe once a night now, but we’re still on Kailynne’s schedule. … She likes to utilize the diaper when we’re getting ready to go somewhere.”
Ah, the adventures of new parenthood. Kailynne, born in June at Hillcrest Hospital, is the first child for Dion and her husband, Anthoni.
Add to the mix a multiple sclerosis relapse and you have a recipe for one tired momma. Dion was diagnosed with MS in 1999.
“I’m a homebody right now,” she says of her “free” time. “I get out when needed, but for the most part, I’m home. We go visit family, but that’s it.”
Know the difference between ‘normal’ fatigue and relapse
Dr. Stone notes that not all fatigue can be blamed on the disease.
“If you have a colicky baby and aren’t able to sleep much, it’s tough to tell what is exhaustion and what’s truly neurologically struggling,” she says.
So how do you know the difference between “normal” fatigue and something that might require MS treatment?
[Tweet “Find out how to tell the difference between “normal” new-mom #fatigue & possible #MS relapse”]Dr. Stone suggests watching for these symptoms, indicating a possible relapse:
Loss of hand function
Bringing up baby, together
Dion says Anthoni is loving fatherhood and has been a big help, as have her parents.
“My husband does the majority of the helping around the house,” she says.
Really? Cooking, too?
“No, that’s a negative, but he can go get some food,” says Dion, who is back to work full-time at her human resources job. On a recent day, her father brought her lunch.
In spite of all the busyness and demands of raising their new daughter, she and Anthoni try to remember to invest in their own relationship.
“It doesn’t really change it,” Dion says of the effect of parenthood on her marriage. “We just have to make more time for each other. We have to say we’re going to do this at this time or it won’t happen.”