Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

 

 

This isn't a survey, is it?
This isn’t a survey, is it?

 

“Which side are you on?” is a question usually asked when referring to sports.

Maybe a bed in a hotel.

Or politics.  (I’m ashamed of BOTH sides!)

 

But if you have been blessed with multiple sclerosis, “Which side are you on?” takes on a whole ‘nuther meaning.

 

Because MS, like a stroke, often affects one side worse than the other.

 

So let me rephrase the question to “Which side is most affected by your MS?”

 

Right or left?

Is it worse to have MS on one side, or the other?

Does it really matter?

 

These are just a sampling of some of the crazy thoughts that bounce through one’s head when handed a dx of MS.

 

Great, a head filled with fettuccine noodles.
Great, a head filled with fettuccine noodles.

 

 

I’ve always heard the brain works in opposites.

 

The left side of the brain controls the right side of your body, while the right brain is the HQ for the left of the body.

 

 

Nice feet for a hobbit.
Nice feet for a hobbit.

 

All right.

Now that we got that straight, let’s look at my MS.  (Because speaking on my behalf, “me” is the only person I know.)

Just look at my lovely tootsies.

Ragged cuticles aside, MS has staked its claim in my right foot.

 

Meaning the left side of my brain-box probably has the most MS plaqueage.

 

 

Got tattooed while in prison.
Got tattooed while in prison.

 

 

But wait!

My delicate, never-did-a-hard-days-labor hands are just the opposite.

 

MS does its nasty deed mostly to my left hand!

 

WTF?

 

 

What's holding the camera?
What’s holding the camera?

 

Yikes!

That rat-bastard known to most of us as MS has me playing a sic game of chronic disease Twister!

 

Left-side right.  Right-side left—no wonder I loose my balance so often.

 

I guess its all part of the crazy charades of MS.

 

 

What about you?

Does MS favor one side of your body?

One thing is for certain, whatever your side–we’re on the SAME side in the fight of our MS.  (Touching, ain’t it?)

Keep moving.

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4 Replies to “Which Side Are You On?”

  1. This disease sucks. I’m left side, but seems like all sides and all up/down, in/out and everywhere. Thanks for the read, nice to know we’re all affected in so many ways. Yay us!!!!

  2. “Does it really matter?” YES!! I can’t move my RIGHT arm, and what sucks is that I’m Right-handed. I’ve learned to do things with my LEFT hand, some things good, but some things not so good. “What’s holding the camera?”…..Let’s just hope you were wearing pants when you took the picture! 🙂

  3. My right side is definitely worse but MS made sure my left side didn’t feel left out. Among other problems, the left half of my tongue is numb. I think that’s why I like spicy foods.

  4. Matt,
    “Left side didn’t feel left out”–that’s a good way to sum it up!
    I’ve never heard of someone’s tongue being numb–maybe that’s why I’m always biting mine.
    Thanks for spilling your story

    Joanne,
    Left-right, you are correct that MS seems to bounce around our bodies like a super ball. Thank you for commenting!

    Margaret,
    Sorry to get you all fired up. We make do with what we have. Thank you for sharing.
    By the way, I’ll never share how I was holding the camera.

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