Author: Doug Ankerman

One Tucked Nerd

One Tucked Nerd

  It shouldn’t feel awkward.  But it does. Like the time I forgot pants at Applebee’s.  Hey, the sign said “No shirt, no shoes.”  They made NO mention of pants whatsoever! Sorry I brought that up.  It’s the subject of a whole ‘nuther blog post. I’m talking about shirts here.  To tuck or leave untucked, …

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Medical Mishap

Medical Mishap

  I hesitate even sharing this story as it causes great personal embarrassment. But as My Odd Sock is about keeping it real with multiple sclerosis, I’ll spin this tale of my most recent appointment. As you may know I get injections of Botox in my legs (calves, hamstrings & inner thighs) every three months …

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Jerks of Art

Jerks of Art

  It was last month, roughly the middle of March, as I found myself quietly admiring the piece on the wall. I gasped, like stepping on a Lego, when I noticed the faintly written date at the far bottom.     “3-15-70”     Fifty years ago!  Half a century had passed! Where had time …

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Listen Up

Listen Up

  These are crazy times indeed. Unusual?  Yes.  Disturbing?  Oh yeah.  Overwhelmingly mind-blowing?  Definitely. Then, add multiple sclerosis into the fray and you get an absolute shit-storm. A stressor like mixing Mentos & Diet Coke. It’s really bad if you are a news hound such as myself.  I like to keep up on the latest …

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Mother & Father

Mother & Father

  I’ve never been keen on formalities, especially when it came to addressing my parents as “mother” and “father.” Referring to “my mother” or “my father” in conversation seemed so upper crust.  Like something one would say at the country club wearing a houndstooth jacket, sipping a martini. My experience growing up was quite different.  …

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Med Mash

Med Mash

  Just how DO they come up with the crazy-ass names for prescription drugs? One must wonder. It’s always some weird consonant/vowel combo that gives your tongue a charlie-horse trying to pronounce them. You got to be a patient AND a linguist. I have a theory.  I believe they put Scrabble tiles in a cup, …

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Things To Do While I Hunker Down

Things To Do While I Hunker Down

  During this difficult time, we are being urged to self-isolate & distance ourselves from others. Many of you may feel as though you are going stir crazy. But not me. Why not me, you ask?     Because I have come up with a list of things to do to keep busy while I …

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The Fine Print

The Fine Print

  You ever read the fine print? Ever read the legalese mumbo-jumbo terms of agreement or do you just click ‘accept’ like I do? Of course you don’t read the fine print.  Heck, you can barely see it, right? Well don’t despair, you are not alone.  I am right there with you.   Recently I …

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Brain Drain #26

Brain Drain #26

    Welcome to “Brain Drain,” the long-running post consisting of subject matter of no real importance.  Just somewhere to vent my general irritability. Let’s dig in, shall we?…     Fancy Patios     Spring is approaching fast.  And with the new season are advertisements for fancy patio furniture. These displays are beholding, I’ll …

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The Infusion Room

The Infusion Room

  There were only four of us in the infusion room on this particular day.  Four of us with arms exposed. IV’s in. Drip, drip, dripping away.     All four of us sharing the dreaded ick, multiple sclerosis. But how different each of us were when you really thought about it.   There was …

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Making it official.