It’s Valentines Week as My Odd Sock takes a tongue-N-cheek look at his relationship.
Interviewer- So when and how did you two meet?
My Odd Sock- It was back in the spring of ‘96. Just passing glances for quite a while. You know, like when you see someone in the mall? Quick exchanges that left you feeling weird…that something was going on…butterflies in the tummy.
Interviewer- And these “quick exchanges” became more lingering?
My Odd Sock- Yeah, until finally, while running I fell head over heels!
My Odd Sock- Yep, literally. Numerous times! That’s when I knew this was something more than just a superficial crush. But I needed to talk to someone who was more experienced…someone who had seen this before. So I called my family doc, and during a routine physical, he suspected I had multiple sclerosis.
Interviewer- Wow, you don’t mess around, do ya?
My Odd Sock- Na, I’ve always been one to quickly fall into a relationship.
Interviewer- Some people go round and round for years forming a diagnosis of their relationship, but you…
My Odd Sock- Yeah, I don’t like to play games. I’ve never been one to date around much. Like you said, some folks “play the field”…courting this disease or that. They’re never able to commit to just one diagnosis & stick with it.
Interviewer- Have you been faithful to your MS?
My Odd Sock- Well, I can’t say with all honesty I’ve been 100% faithful. Over the years, I have had several flirtatious relationships with colds, but they didn’t last long. And I have had a couple one-night stands with the flu. But otherwise, I have been monogomous.
Interviewer- What do you think of these people who can carry on with MS along with another ailment of some sort?
My Odd Sock- More power to ‘em. They are stronger than I am. So far my heart belongs to just one disease. And I would truly like to keep it that way!
Interviewer- So any special Valentines plans with what ails you?
My Odd Sock- No, nothing special. Maybe a cozy dinner where I dribble some food down my shirt. Trouble handling a knife & fork. Followed by some swallowing issues. Later, a couple trips to the potty. And an evening of leg spasms while we watch Gary Cooper in “The Pride of The Yankees.”
Interviewer- Sounds quite special!
My Odd Sock- Oh, it’s a gas, man.
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And so it goes. Eat your heart out Dr. Neil Clark Warren. Who needs eHarmony anyway!
I’d love to hear how you met your MS? Did you “date” for a while before getting your dx? Or was it love at first blurry sight?
Share your heartfelt story with a comment.
And have a happy Valentines day.
Note: This post was inspired by a very funny comment made by Olivia, a friend & fellow blogger (See the link below to “Chronic Pains” in my blogroll) who said…”not sure who my partner is, still dating you know…peripheal neuropathy, MS, unspecified demylenating disease, we will see who?”