Multiple Sclerosis; MS; the Monster; the Beast; there are so many names for this disease that people refer to it as. “Oh the monster is showing it’s ugly face again today”, someone might say when experiencing some sort of flare. I have never called my MS anything, it just wasn’t me, I always felt a lot of these names were too… cute? They didn’t do the evil known as Multiple Sclerosis any justice I suppose. For my MS, I called it as it was; my MS. I never called it anything else because nothing really seemed to fit my MS as I experienced it, so no nickname from me.
Drop foot is a very common MS symptom so it gets a lot of attention as far as treatment options. Like any other symptom, it should go away in time with or without the use of steroids. If it persists however, there are a few things you can do to make walking easier. Most commonly used is an AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) which is a flexible plastic brace that fits under your foot and straps around your lower shin to keep your toes pointed upwards enough to allow you to walk. Most AFO’s are discreet enough that they fit comfortably inside your shoe and remain hidden under your pants.
have always had pretty weird dreams… Weird as in the “presentation”
not just the content. “How
I have these dreams”, “How I see
these dreams”, I am not sure how else to put it. Here is a simple
example; sometimes I have dreams (like most people) where I am the
focus of the dream, I am the “main character”, wether it’s
“normal” me or “spiderman me”. Sometimes however I have
dreams like my consciousness is watching a film in which I am in no
way shape or form involved. I can’t effect the course of the dream, I
can only watch and see what happens. Third person not first person,
make sense? My friend Rodney and I started labeling some of the weird
dream phenomena we experience as “dream logic” like when for an
entire dreams one of the characters in it (let’s say George) all of a
sudden becomes “Lillian” and that is not weird to anyone
in the dream, it’s like it was always that way; Dream logic. This
just scratches the surface of the way I dream but for now that is all
you need to know.
Yesterday I met up with an MS friend of mine who I have met in the past. She is just a tad older than I am and does not live too far away so we met for coffee (her brother who is also named Matt drove her). It was nice to talk to someone in person who you have *something* in common with, someone who understands what your talking about when you describe the weird MS stuff that to most people is indescribable. Meeting up was a bit tricky due to some GPS issues but eventually we were all in the same place and it was nice.