You’ll never believe what happened

This morning I woke up to a few mystery bruises. You know, those dark marks on your skin that appear overnight for no apparent reason. I have no idea who I was fighting in my sleep. Maybe an anvil fell on top of me in my dreams. Hey, it could happen. Anything’s possible, right?!

I am always fascinated when things like that happen. I began playing the past few days back in my mind trying to piece together the story of what happened. Most of the time I’m unable to determine exactly what I did. All I know is I went to bed last night and my arm was fine. I woke up this morning and BAM…I’ve been sucker punched and am now the proud owner of a black and blue softball sized bruise on my upper arm and a few small ones on my shin.

MS comes with a full array of mysteries. I think I wake up to a new one every day. I have to say that I know for a fact the answer to them is not Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Candle Stick. Maybe it was Professor Plum? Or Miss Scarlet?

For now though, today, if anyone asks me what happened I’m going to tell them that some idiot tried to rob me in the middle of the night but due to my quick thinking and amazing skills, I karate chopped him to the ground and sent him to the hospital. Might as well have a little fun with it. It will be interesting to see who actually believes me.

I try to always put a fun spin on the things that happen in my life. If nothing else, it’s entertaining. Besides, I’d much rather laugh than cry.

I’ve been kidnapped before, run over by a tractor, fallen in a pool dressed as a clown and ridden a horse backwards while wearing a flaming hat. If you believe any of that, I have a piece of the moon I can sell you for $100. It even comes signed by ET himself.

Try making today into something fun. Find a laugh in the ordinary, mundane or chaos. Get creative. Enjoy your day regardless of the mess around you. Anything is possible with just a little bit of imagination.

I gotta go. Cookie Monster is cooking me breakfast and it sounds like he might have mistaken the plates for cookies again. Good morning, good afternoon and good night everyone!

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

20 replies
  1. indulge
    indulge says:

    I just gave my grandson the story of “Flat Stanley” A notice board fell on him in bed. Love it. I think he remains flat and travels via post. Would be fun and better than bruises. Thanks for the positives Penelope.

  2. Kathleen Kane says:

    Lately I’ve been getting them one my arms. Couldn’t figure out for the life of me where they came from. I am relieved (guess that’s the right word) that I’m not alone. :/

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    In a way I think you are the ‘lucky’ one. Lately I have been going to be with a painful elbow an a sore leg (from a recent fall) and I wake up with it mostly gone. But I have had some rather unusual reams that are a bit fractured. These have been interesting relating to my previous jobs that the memories have been restored to me.
    It was funny last night too. I took a couple of sleeping pills (1 doesn’t o it anymore). I was ok until about 10pm an In startec to get double vision. It felt like I had been on a bender with out the booze fuzz.This stoppe me playing a game and reading a book. It has gone now so I knew it wasn’t MS
    Ant way I’ve just chopped a bit of wood for tonight and maybe more. I can still do this so I do.
    I hope your cookies were good Penelope and the coffee good for you.

  4. Maureen Fairhurst
    Maureen Fairhurst says:

    I know the feeling my magnificent friend! <3 I wake up after a couple hours of sleep to a collage of bruises over my entire body; however, the one near my right (good) eye, near where my glasses go, flutters me to no end, as I don't have it near my blind (left) eye! I too come up with some outrageous stories when asked how I got 'em all 😀 It's true what you say, better to laugh then to cry, because if I cried, I'd probably couldn't stop, as my life is so complicated now that all I ever feel is stress, stress and more stress which only makes my MS worse than it already is :'(

    My daughter and her boyfriend moved into my apt. in April 2015 for what was supposed to be for that month only; they are still here 🙁 I wouldn't mind so much if it was just them, but they brought along their 2 pit bulls (who mated in May & she had 6 puppies on July 6th) plus their 9 non-neutered cats, which brought along an additional 4 cats, thus making a total of 13 plus my 2 older (11 & 9) girls, making a grand total of 15 cats in a 1 bedroom apartment! They leave the boys out in my room (technically the living room) when they go to sleep, leaving them to spray on everything I own and whenever my girls are in heat, their boys have started to hump them, which is NOT okay with me, for if by any chance they get pregnant, their lives could be at risk by giving birth and I do have any $$ whatsoever to take them to a vet! He ( the boyfriend) NEVER walks the dogs so you know where they go, which has now ruined my beautiful wooden floors:'( In June 2015, they were supposed to start paying half the rent & half the electric bill, which of course, never happened. He doesn't work & my daughter doesn't work neither. On July 4th, 2016, my daughter gave birth to my granddaughter, whom I've only seen twice since they came home from the hospital! Its extremely sad that I can't even see nor hold my own granddaughter because of HIM! He said the doctor told them that the baby couldn't be touched by anyone except them until she receives her immunizations, which I know is a lie, as my daughter had a baby when she was younger who I adopted as my own and having raised 4 children, I never heard of such a thing! Still to this date, I have never received any money from them and they expect me to get the cat food and litter every month which is quite expensive considering what I buy now would feed my 2 cats for 3 months. Everyday he always, without a doubt, says something mean, sarcastic & cruel to me, he never has anything nice to say to me and I feel like they're trying to force me out of my own home that I've lived in since March 1995. I've put in an application for supportive housing and when I find an apt I'm going to tell my landlord to give me $3,000 to move out in 2 months (he previously offered me this) and then they will be his problem and not mine. They'll never be able to pay the rent because when I move out, the preferential rent I pay will not exist for them (I get DRIE) & only pay a portion of my rent and NYC pays the rest as I'm disabled. I will NOT be sorry for them because karma is a b****! What goes around comes around threefold!!! I brought everything for my granddaughter and not once did I get a thank you from either of them.

    I'm truly sorry for how long this post is but if I didn't get it out, I'd probably do something stupid. Thank y'all for listening and Blessed Be all )O( Much love to you Penelope <3 <3 <3 :* :* :*

  5. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Tanks a lot for putting this GREAT idea into my head… in future, I’ll spend plenty time on inventing lovely stories like yours!!!

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