Sunday, March 12, 2017

76 Things #27: Getting Carded

Slurred words. Stumbling around from loss of balance or coordination. Impaired vision. Falling down.

Sounds like a night where you've had a little bit too much to drink?

Perhaps.  But these are also some very common symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Over 100 years ago, these similarities led to MS sometimes being misdiagnosed as chronic alcoholism.  As I ponder that thought, it's both amusing and terrifying.  I also wonder, what will folks say in the year 2117 about our current knowledge and understanding of multiple sclerosis?

As I wrote in the #17 thing you might not know about my MS, waking up with bruises from my stumbles and bumbles is a common, almost daily event in my life.  Forgetting, slurring words and other cognitive confusion can happen with nary a drink in me.

Because of this, I carry around a laminated card in my wallet, courtesy of the National MS Society, that states I have multiple sclerosis and highlights some of the more common symptoms of MS that might give somebody - perhaps an alert police officer - the wrong idea about my current state.

Just sharing this seems silly and a bit surreal...but it's true, and the #27 thing you might not know about (my) MS.

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