Over the past month and a half, with the exception of last Monday, I had not posted anything. Nada. And while I have a tonne of explanations to offer for why that happened, I know that for most people those would just sound like an excuse to being lazy.
There is a saying that goes a bit like “when nothing goes right, go left.” Over the past nine and a half years, it seems all I had been doing was going left. In my personal life, in my professional life, and especially when it comes to health. I have been through half a dozen different treatment options, and while some were more successful than others (I was surprised to see that the alternative treatments worked better than traditional medicine), there was always a drawback, some side-effect, something making me a bit unwilling to trade a “normal” life for my new normal.
I followed my advice. I put my notebook to good use and started jotting down my thoughts. So I can turn them into blog posts. And it made me feel good. About me, about what I do, about what I can do. Which to be honest is not an easy thing to do – at least some of the time. Not because of my MS, but… No, wait! It is because of the MS (for the most part at least).
Observing the world around me lately I noticed a reluctance by people to accept the inevitability of change. Now, it’s not like I’ve been oblivious to this reality – and it is a reality no matter how liberal you think the world is – but the truth is that whenever you think you’ve found its limits, there’s that little bit more that kind of catches you off guard.
After a month off my blog – I did kind of slack it off during August, because, August – I am finally back. So, let’s have a short update.
August was dreadful. Hot, humid, just unbearable. And coupled with all the work I had to do (on three fronts mind you) I was absolutely exhausted. Drained of all energy and quite frankly dragging my self from home to the office and back. I am certain the heat took a toll on other people too, but having to also deal with MS – as I’ve said before – accentuates things. And no, don’t ask me to quantify how much worse it is, I cannot do that. It just is. Please accept it.
The environmentalists among you probably read the title, blurted out some explicit, and stopped reading. I am pretty sure of it. Those with an active lifestyle (who might like to bake in the sun too) probably think I am exaggerating and being a whinny child. But please, the title is nothing but a funny Doctor Strangelove reference. And if you are still reading, hear me out. I promise it will all make sense in the end.
The pace of modern life can take its toll on any one person, no matter how strong or happy with the life they are leading. It is at times like those, when the hectic rhythm of life and our every day routine become a overwhelming, that you just need to get away from it all. Away from screens, phones, messages, social media – the works.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and despite having promised that I would post a third post as part of my #WorldMSDay tirade I found myself being overwhelmed by the MS. So, this being the first day in a while that the “fog” has cleared up (not gone, but at least it’s not as bad), here goes.
Today we’ll discuss treatment options, and which might be best.
Today is #WorldMSDay. The actual day I was talking about in my post on Monday. In that post I urged people to go out today (or any day they want to for that matter), and talk to someone with MS. Have them explain what life is like for them, and how their life goes on despite the difficulties.
And two of my colleagues followed that advice!