Say It Isn't So

Saturday, August 20, 2005

RUNNING ON EMPTY

I can't believe how a trip to Big K, and 2 of my favourite grocery stores can virtually wipe me out. I also can't fathom how driving can be so much easier than walking, even at $2.70 per gallon. There seems to be an increase in the dizzy feeling these days and of course I forgot to mention it to my PCP this week when I paid a visit. Usually I write down a list of questions to remember to ask, but then I forget to take it with me. Much like my endeavors at grocery shopping. I explained to my Doctor how at my age you expect things to break down and not work properly anymore, but that I felt sorry for the young people who suffered this disorder. Anyway I left their office with the Doctor's words echoing in my ears (everything echoes in my ears, I have super hearing, or, as John Cleese would say "A cute earring"). I was being told how lucky I was. It is true that I have always felt blessed.

IT MUST BE GUILT

I think driving is part of my problem. Back in the 70's when I was a young "know it all" granola bandit on a bicycle, I used to joke about how one day humanity was going to lose the ability to walk because of the automobile. Three months after I'm into my fourth (first new one) car, I get my first bout of optic neuritus. And seven years later I'm on the road to another new set of wheels, as in wheelchair. However I am going to use every trick in the book, even if I have to write a new book, to take a fork in that road.

9 Comments:

At 7:29 PM, August 21, 2005, Blogger Pris said...

mouse
you've got a lot of guts! i don't think i have you linked to my blog. Am doing so now.

(I have a wheelchair now. I need it for anytime I have to walk more than a wee distance. At first I was embarrassed to use it, but now I'm thankful I have it)

 
At 7:53 PM, August 21, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Pris I don't know about guts, but I'm going to eat drink and be merry for as long as I can. The wheelchair is a great invention and I am glad that you got over the embarassment. Myself I'm embarassed about not knowing how to do the link thing because I would like others to enjoy the sites that I enjoy visiting. Although I am aware that they could use the one that you leave in the comments section:)

 
At 10:53 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Pris said...

There's a blogger help site with a page explaining links

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=110&topic=22

The trick is finding the right place to put them. See if the link makes any sense. If you aren't familiar with html, it may not and don't be embarrassed. I finally learned html in 2000 and it takes a while.

 
At 9:46 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Thanks Pris, One of these days I'll get around to figuring it out. I'm not keen on the look of the foot long link, so knowing how to condense the hook-up would be nice. They didn't teach me anything like that when I took Computer Information Systems 1 back in 2001. That was one of the classes I had to take toward getting my AS in Accounting. I am still working on that (one class per semester) but took this semester off because college algebra homework takes up too much of my ME time and last semester was enough of that for a while. Aced it though and that's a good feeling!

 
At 1:50 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger mdmhvonpa said...

OOf! Have you though about a recumbant bicycle. You know, one you can sit down in and lean back so as to not have the worry of tumbling over.

 
At 8:39 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger Eriksgirl said...

I am sorry you have so much going on MS wise right now. I am new to your blog... forgive me for asking something you probably address, but how long have you been diagnosed?

I know it falls under one of the things that your never suppose to say, but wow, you have a great attitude. I know when Erik was first diagnosed, he kept thinking of the wheelchair, and after reading Katja's blog, he took away a whole new way of thinking. It is something to free you. That said, I don't blame you for doing all you can to try to avoid it.

Great Blog!!

Sincerely,
Brandy

 
At 9:20 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Sir Mdm. I still have a 15 speed mountain bike that I am reluctant to part with even though I haven't actually given it a workout for about 6 years now. Perhaps I could put training wheels on it! I've seen the bikes you are referring to. They look scary to me with your legs and feet sticking out front like that. But I understand they are great for going a long distance at a good pace and supposedly better for the back too.

 
At 9:28 PM, August 23, 2005, Blogger mouse said...

Brandy, I have been diagnosed for about 9 months by my neuro, and one and a half years by my 3rd MRI, but my first tell tale symtom was in Feb. 1999. Because I'm a stubborn, menopausal banshee woman they had to rule out every other possibility first. I'm okay with that. At least I know all my arteries are clean as a whistle:) Probably because of all that bicycle riding that I used to do!

 
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