Tag: Spasticity

The F-Word

The F-Word

  The f-word. It’s offensive. Obscene. Vulgar. Who knew when you were knighted with the dubious distinction of having multiple sclerosis, the f-word would become a prominent part of your vocabulary. Everything seemingly revolves around the f-word. Er, wait.  Before I go any further, let’s be sure we are on the same page.   The …

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Up & Down

Up & Down

  What is it? Is it me? The weather? Something I ate? Something I didn’t? Or, is it just plain MS?     I haven’t a clue what is causing mood swings lately. Upbeat for a few days…followed by a few dark, sour ones.   I place much of the blame-game on multiple sclerosis.  The …

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Your Own Doc

Your Own Doc

      Looking ahead at the calendar reminds me I am three months away from my next appointment with the MS doctor. She sees me every six months with each visit lasting between 45 minutes to an hour in length. The twice-a-year visits seem to be the standard among those of us with multiple …

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MS Class of 1996

MS Class of 1996

    Throughout the land people young & old are donning caps & gowns in celebration of their hard work & achievements. It’s graduation season, where hungry minds look ahead, plying their knowledge to challenges & future opportunity.   It has me thinking back to my own days as a young grad.   The year …

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Sleep Pattern

Sleep Pattern

      Of all the silly, crazy things multiple sclerosis does to your body during the day, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Heck no! With a shift change, the MS Night Crew clocks in & takes over for even more merry mischief.     While most MS-free folks are peacefully …

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What Gives?

What Gives?

    What Gives? That’s what I wanna know. One would think with over 20 years of experience, a person might know something. After twenty years of marriage, you are pretty familiar with your partner. Twenty years on the job?  It’s safe to say you know your way around the shop.   But after twenty …

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Do You Prep?

Do You Prep?

      There is a big day looming on my MS horizon. Appointments. Not one.  Not two.  But three appointments in a single day.   A trifecta of care at the Mellen Center of the Cleveland Clinic.         I’ll begin with a morning session of Botox injections in my legs to …

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Studies Show

Studies Show

    We live by the numbers.  Or so it seems. Apparently the number-crunchers do studies & collect statistics on every crazy, conceiveable thing you can imagine. Those of us with multiple sclerosis aren’t exempt from the studies either.   Did you know….. 85% of people are diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS at onset. And of …

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Change

Change

    A lot of change has occurred in recent days. A change in seasons. The weather changed. Some changed their clocks. In sports, champions change. Ranking change.  Relationships change. Even last week we had a change in leaders.   And through all this change, one thing remains steadfast—we have our multiple sclerosis. MS hangs …

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Driving Me Nuts

Driving Me Nuts

  Having multiple sclerosis challenges so many aspects of your life. From the simpliest task to the most difficult situation, an MSer battles far greater adversity than just stepping over a high curb.   One thing we do is drive and/or ride in a motor vehicle. We think nothing of a 40 minute drive to …

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