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)

Monday

Interrupting: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z




MS is unmistakably an interruption, from its onset and with each episode. Those crazy multiple sclerosis symptoms don’t issue any warnings before striking and inciting all sorts of inexplicable irritations.

I had a little interruption this morning, and it still hurts. Although I have no idea how it happened, I bumped my head in the shower. I think I was reaching up to grab my shampoo bottle from the rack that hangs from the shower faucet. However it happened, I have a sore welt on one side of my forehead. My hair kind of covers it, but it still hurts. (Hey, they don’t call ‘em bangs for nothing.)

Yes, MS is interrupting.



At the same time, the MonSter seems occasionally to incite interrupting as well.

Maybe it’s a cognitive thing. It could be one of MS’ emotional impacts. But it does seem as if the intermittent scatteriness (OK, I just sort of invented that term, but it fits.) can remove social inhibitions sometimes, leading the MSer to jump in or blurt stuff out once in a while.

It’s not that such items are necessarily inappropriate.

It’s just that the juggling of so many heightened and numbed sensations at once can sort of cross one’s wires, even for a moment. It's not intentional. MSers don’t mean to be impolite when this happens. It’s just sort of an impulse.

On the other hand, many of us will simply step back, physically or figuratively, when the MonSter rages. Sometimes it’s easier to let things roll for a while, if MS is in full flare. Trust me. We're not ignoring you.

Bear with us. Our etiquette and sociability will likely return when our symptoms subside.

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April A to Z Challenge 2016 logo – fair use
 Adapted from public domain artwork

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2 comments:

  1. You have an awesome attitude. I think it is wonderful that you use your blog to explain MS. I have lupus and I just try to pretend that I don't.

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  2. You have an awesome attitude. I think it is wonderful that you use your blog to explain MS. I have lupus and I just try to pretend that I don't.

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