“How are you feeling?”
I get asked that a lot.
“Can my family stand under your enormous head to get out of the rain?”
I’ve been asked that one too. (I have a rather large noggin)
But not nearly as often as being asked about how I am feeling.
And it is not just doctors, family members and close friends doing the asking.
I’ve been asked that by casual acquaintances (folks who know I have MS) as well as people I’ve just met…
“Nice to meet you. So, you have MS, huh?”
“How’re you feelin?”
It has gotten to the point that I want to wear a big sign around my neck so I don’t have to repeat myself!
I know they are simply concerned for my well-being, but geez–this is overkill!
If you have MS, you probably hear the same question—and are probably just as tired of answering.
Yeah, I know, Funny Meter. There is no humor in this piece.
You want funny?
Go watch a GOP debate and leave me alone.
Noo, I didn’t have my funny bone surgically removed.
I’m just being grumpy.
Hey, Fox’s “Futureama” is on TV–I dare you to go find the humor in that!
Sorry. Now where was I?
I know exactly how you answer the question..”How are you feeling?”
You smile and look down before finally saying “I’m doing all right.”
(I’ll take “Let’s Change The Conversation” for 200, Alex!)
What? Are you going to depress them into a coma with your bathroom issues, fuzzy vision or episodes of muscle spasms? Hell no. You suck it up and reply “I’m doing all right.”
We as MSers are not alone. People living with cancer or other diseases probably go through the same, daily interrogation. And I can only imagine they answer much the same way.
Please share your response to being asked “How are you feeling?”
Do you give a generic answer?
Do you go “middle of the road?”
Or do you give the full blown account?
How am I feeling? Pretty darn good now that that’s off my chest.