Or Maybe

Or Maybe

Please enjoy this re-do of an older My Odd Sock while I take a breather.  Best wishes.



IMG_0366Quite possibly, the most over-used phrase of this MSer is “Or maybe.”


(“Quite possibly” ranks a close second!)


“Or maybe” comes in handy as I try to assess how I am feeling (good or bad) during a particular MS filled day or period of time.

Here is an example….


My gams have splinters.

“Why am I so stiff today” I’ll say to myself.

It could be the heat

Or maybe it’s the humidity.

Or maybe I over did it today.

Or maybe I didn’t do my stretching.



Or maybe I didn’t sleep well last night…or haven’t been drinking enough water.

Or maybe I’ve been sitting too long.

Or maybe…Get on with it, will ya–you’ve made your point!

Another MSer in my circle likes to point his finger at a change in barometric pressure when he’s having a tough go of it.  I’m no Al Roker so I won’t even attempt to explain his rationale.  (Nor do I understand it!)



I find myself doing the same “Or maybe” song & dance during doctors appointments.  My doc will ask how the Botox worked over the last three months.  (He doesn’t understand recall is not one of my attributes!)


So as my peanut of a brain bounces around in my tin head, I say…””Um, OK..it’s been really hot this summer.”

Or maybe it was the humidity.

Or maybe I’ve been busy, so I haven’t exercised as much as I should.

Or maybe I haven’t wore my Dyna Splint as often.

Or maybe the phase of the moon.

Or maybe the Republicans & Democrats act like two-year-olds!



My point is there are so many factors that seem to influence your MS (good or bad)–it can be difficult to keep track.

Some may ask why even attempt to figure it out?  Well, when I have a good day, I want to try to duplicate it the next day.  And when I have a bad day, I want to right my wrongs & avoid the pitfall once again.

Sounds simple, right?




How about you?

Do you find yourself playing the game of “Or maybe?”

Do you try to keep track of how your MS responds to your actions?

And do you have any idea how barometric pressure affects MS in “your neck of the woods?”

Maybe I’m just crazy (don’t answer that).

Or maybe there is some truth to all this.

Or maybe yada yada yada.

Or maybe…


6 Replies to “Or Maybe”

  1. Yes – to barometric pressure changes, especially sudden ones — both my body and head know!

    About isolating variables, I find it takes a long time and some documentation — my own longitudinal study of sorts — to finally see connections. With overlapping neuro conditions, it’s a challenge.

    I like blaming it on the political dunderheads. 🙂

  2. Donna,

    I gotta agree with you about the “documentation.”
    I have thought about keeping track of all the variables, but realized I would go through a 64 pack of Crayolas pretty quickly!

    Thanks for your sharing!

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  4. I have often thought that barometric pressure changes effect me. Like you, I am no Al Roker but I do know that rapid changes in weather mess me up! I usually have a flair up when it changes from one season to another but after living with MS for more than 20 years, I just acknowledge it and move on. (Although moving isn’t always easy!:) ) I juust know “This to shall pass!:”