It’s hard to predict the weather. I will go to weather websites to see what the forecast will be for the day and even they can get it wrong. Sometimes it will say it’s going to rain and the entire day ends up filled with sunshine while other times sunshine is predicted and it rains all day.
I can no more predict the weather than I can predict how Multiple Sclerosis is going to behave for the day. One day I may wake up mobile and tired yet ready to tackle anything that comes my way. Then the next day I find myself unable to move at a speed faster than a snail walking through a dollop of peanut butter.
It’s almost as if at some point in the middle of the night all my nerves get together to strategize on ways to trip me up. Sometimes it’s weakness, other times it’s pain. I can be hit with fatigue, dizziness, bathroom mishaps, and double vision all at the same time too. Some symptoms are a constant while others come and go at their leisure.
Because of that, it makes it hard to plan for the day. That happens with the weather, doesn’t it?! Many times you don’t know if you will need an umbrella, snow boots, wind jacket or sunglasses. With MS you don’t know if you will need your walking cane, leg brace, wheelchair or scooter. Without fail I end up picking the wrong thing. It happens all the time.
Before I ended up in my wheelchair full-time, I was known to pick using my cane throughout the day because I was feeling okay, but by the end of the day I would have much rather had my walker with me instead. Or I would choose to go without my leg braces and regret that decision when I would end up having to walk across the parking lot at the grocery store. Such unpredictable behavior.
Sometimes my strength surprises me and I’m strong enough to open a jar of pickles with a few handy taps to the lid and a rubber grippy thingy to help me turn it, other times weakness takes over and even easy to open packages require a sledgehammer, blowtorch and a weed whacker.
No matter what MS is behaving like for you today, set your face to the wind, your eyes to the skies and don’t stop. You can make it through rain, shine, sleet or snow. Strap on your gear and step out the front door. It looks like sunny skies today…or is it rain? No, maybe it’s snow. Oh, just get out there and take things one step at a time.