Monday, February 15, 2016

Dream On

So dream, when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream
~Roy Orbison, Dream

When I’m asleep, do I have MS?

A silly question?  Perhaps.  But it’s not the first time I’ve pondered this to myself or even wondered it aloud to my wife.

I rarely dream…or, I should say, I seldom remember my dreams.  But, in the rare instances that I do, Dream World Mike (DWM) can leap tall buildings, break Olympic records in the long jump and is pretty much the greatest super hero ever constructed.

More importantly, DWM can also stand idly on his legs for more than a few seconds without the searing pain that usually accompanies Real World Mike.  Vertigo doesn’t exist for DWM (even with all the jumping and flying!), fatigue is a non-factor and my vision is always crystal clear.

In my fantasy/dream world, multiple sclerosis is nowhere to be found.

I also wonder, though – does my MS fall asleep, too?

Last night, I woke up very briefly, after which I fell back to sleep.  As fate would have it, I remembered both dreams I had – before I was woken up, and then the dream I had after I went back to sleep.

But what was more interesting to me was that it took about 10-15 seconds after I woke up for my hands  to start stinging (I wrote about the “dancingneedles” I feel in my hands in my previous post). 

In the morning, when I woke up the second time, the same thing happened.  Initially, there was no pain…no stinging…then, out of nowhere, it arrived.

Was my MS asleep, too?  Did it need time to wake up? 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could somehow bottle up those first few “MS-free” moments each morning?   

Something like an MS “snooze button”…so whenever I start to feel the disease rear its ugly head during my day, I’d just press “snooze” and savor a few minutes of MS-free DWM.

That would certainly be a dream come true.

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