To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern

 

 

to whom it may concern

 

 

Like the works of the great literary giants, the following is a collection of random thoughts addressed to no one in particular (Hence, the title).

Those of you with MS will find that you may relate in some way, shape or form.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

Don’t be offended if I refrain from eating steak at your cook-out.  It’s not that I do not like steak.  Or, enjoy how you grilled the hell out of that piece of meat.  You see, MS has left me with the dexterity of the family dog.  Jack The Ripper had more etiquette with a knife.  Watching me cut & eat steak will leave other guests asking…”Who invited the caveman?”

 

Billy Shakespeare
Billy Shakespeare

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I never know where to put my canes when dining at a restaurant.  Wherever I put them, they ALWAYS seem to be in the way.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I confess.  That drop of pee on the toilet seat belongs to moi.  I try to be careful and clean up after myself, but sometimes a drip gets through quality control.  Think of it as my calling card.  I’m no different than a dog marking its territory.

 

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

 

To Whom It May Concern:

Retailers, please provide me with somewhere to sit in your dressing rooms.  Otherwise, I must wedge my posterior in the corner to maintain my balance.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I do not drink.  But when I walk, it appears as if I do.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

My reaction time isn’t what it use to be.  Thus, I probably drive slower than you.  No need to honk, flash your lights or flip me the bird.  Simply go around me and continue to drive at your hell-bent speed while you slug your coffee, eat, text & talk on your cell-phone.

 

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

Soap-on-a-rope has always been thought of as a novelty item.  But at this stage of my MS game, soap-on-a-rope seems like a pretty darn good idea.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I move abnormally slow.  So in case of fire, I will not feel bad if you cut ahead of me.  In fact, I insist.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I can fall asleep in any chair, in any environment and in any situation.  Do not blame your conversation skills—blame the meds.

 

 

Homer
Homer

 

To Whom It May Concern:

In my wheelchair, I am nose level with your keyster.  So I hear those strange noises.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

When I stand, you may notice how I briefly wiggle my hips side-to-side, to and fro.  No I am NOT practicing my lap-dance techniques learned at the cabaret, I am simply lossening-up before I begin to walk.

 

Gomer.  (It's amazing the difference one letter can make!)
Gomer. (It's amazing the difference one letter can make!)

 

Would you car to address society with your own “To Whom It May Concern?”

Please go ahead and leave a comment.

Together, we’ll create the next literary masterpiece!

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7 Replies to “To Whom It May Concern”

  1. Oh, you cover it all so well (except the bathroom issue! I DON’T DO THAT!) I like the one about cutting food. Now, I quietly hand my plate to my husband, who cuts the food, then we switch again. It used to bother me, but if I want to eat, I have to do it. Here’s mine:
    TWIMC: I, too, could once walk all perky like you. I could dance, run, skip, and jump. So don’t look at me with those phony sad eyes. I know you’re thinking, ‘Thank God it’s not me with that [wheelchair/walker/cane — choose your device.]’

    Peace,
    Muff

  2. To Whom It May Concern: Pardon me if I bump into you or run over your toes when I drive around in my power chair. I gave you fair warning yelling “Coming Thru!!!” when in motion.

    To Whom It May Concern: Pardon me if I keep saying “You missed a spot”. Apparantly at wheelchair level, I can see things you don’t.

    To Whom It May Concern: Please don’t say you’re tired when I say I’m tired. You don’t know tired…..

  3. To whom it may concern:
    Please understand that between my leg weakness, balance, vision issues and fatigue I can not run that 5K with you or even that 3 mile walk. It’s nothing personal but you don’t want me as your exercise buddy!

  4. Muff, Margaret and Lisa,

    You ladies know your stuff! ALL great additions to the chapter!

    Thank you for reading My Odd Sock. (The nauseous feeling will pass.)

  5. To whom it may concern: Just because stuff is wrong with my body DOES NOT mean I can’t be an awesome wife and mother, in fact it makes me try alot harder…
    xo
    Olivia

  6. Confucius say:

    It is not wise for one in a manually-powered wheelchair at a county fair (in my case , the Canfield Fair) to consume french fries BECAUSE ones fingers get too greasy resulting in a “slippery” and potentially dangerous situation.

  7. Thank goodness it is not pgrroessive, but you will have to learn how to manage your life and when to say no. MS will stress your body and you can probably bet you will get fatigued neurologically and could have one good day and feel like trash the next day or so. Try to pace yourself in your activities and if fatigue becomes an issue you may have to find other activities that give you exercise but don’t over tax you. I only know MS is different with everybody else, you will need to find out what triggers some of the MS episodes that you have. Extreme weather of being too hot or too cold can be very taxing to MS patients, that is why a lot of them move to the NW like western Washington as the climate is cool in the winter and warm in the summer versus the extremes.I have a different neuro disorder similar to MS and I feel for you. Enjoy life and plan your life to ensure that you get the rest you need and when you start to tire, realize that is a sign that you have done too much and try to rest as soon as you can. By driving yourself to do more, you will only make things worse take it from me I drove myself literally into the ground.It may interfere with your work attendence that is why you need to stay healthy but rest. I don’t know how that will translate with your job, but your life has changed and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Do what you can and when you can and have no guilt. MS is different on everybody, has different symptoms for each person depending upon the part of the body that is being attacked, so to speak. I hope you don’t get the fatique and learn what your short comings are and to use that knowledge as a framework for your life. There are physical therapy is some cases that help, medications although baclofen can be really raucus on your stomach is you are having spasticity.Take care and good luck, check the web sites and see what is out there for more information. There may be something that works for you. Was this answer helpful?

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