So much is written about the real life symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but as a patient myself, I try to find the lighter side of living with this chronic disease. I’ve learned over the years that it helps to just laugh about the challenges we all face day in and day out.
1. If you’ve ever used a reacher as a back-scratcher.
Whatever it takes to hit that certain spot, I say go for it!
2. If you ever thought of using bubble wrap as personal protection.
Why is it only used for sending packages? It’s soft, stylish, and makes quite a sound if you happen to fall!
3. If your wardrobe has more pullovers than button-downs.
Because honestly, it’s about function more than fashion. Speaking of…
4. If you easily know the difference between “flare” and “flair.”
Your doctor may help you through one of these, while the other may require some assistance in the style department.
5. When you very easily know your limit has been reached.
You’re not giving up — you’re just taking a break… every few minutes.
6. When you wake up tired after a long nap.
Can someone remind me why I laid down again?
7. Whenever you leave fingerprints on any wall.
Wall-walkers leave their mark wherever they go!
8. When you think an MRI has a catchy melody.
You would tap your toes, but you’re not really supposed to move in there.
9. When you’ve already read all of the magazines in the waiting room.
ANOTHER doctor’s appointment? Geez! Time to renew that National Geographic magazine subscription, doc.
10. If the trunk of your car contains more mobility aids than groceries.
I know you’re all glad to drive a sedan and not a compact!
11. If you have unexplained scrapes, bumps, and bruises.
You can blame MS, being clumsy — or both.
12. If you’ve given up trying to remember your to-do list.
Yeah, this one can be frustrating, but on the positive side, that’s one less thing to get done!
13. If the words “Pokémon Go” remind you it’s time for a bathroom break.
Speaking of which, we’re glad this bit is over!
Doug Ankerman is a comedian and multiple sclerosis activist who chronicles his life at My Odd Sock