Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

Friday

Oops! It's the MS dropsies again!




 The MS dropsies have struck again.

Stop me, if you’ve heard this one.


Thud!

Him:  What was that?

Her: I just dropped a plastic peanut butter jar on the floor.

Him: What did you do that for?

Her: Remember? I have MS. Sometimes my hands don’t work, and I drop stuff.

Him:  Well, knock it off. Did it spill?


OK, at this point, I could blog away about how certain people might try to display a certain level of caring, empathy, or even plain patience with loved ones' multiple sclerosis. It’s not like they have to experience balance and gait problems, nearly daily dizziness, extreme body temperature shifts, nerve pain, numbness, random stumbling, sudden-onset fatigue, sleeplessness, tingling, vertigo, vision losses, and other come-and-go medical mishaps.

But I don’t need to stress on about all that. So let’s just look at the MS dropsies for today.

Historically, dropsy has referred to a collection of fluid under the skin. This condition can cause painful swelling and other unpleasant symptoms. But that sort of dropsy has nothing to do with multiple sclerosis.

Naw. When an MSer talks about the dropsies, it’s all about flinging stuff unintentionally all over the place.

We drop our keys, our cell phones, our eyeglasses, the mail, and all sorts of other stuff.

That’s pretty much why I buy the cheap reader glasses (besides the fact that I tend to misplace them), instead of pricey prescription spectacles. It’s the reason why my smart phone is safely ensconced in a lifetime-guarantee protective case.

Got the MS dropsies?

Hey, we have a doctor’s note for that.

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Oops! It’s the MS dropsies again!
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