Friday, 24 April 2009

So, how is the MS?

"I've updated my blog!" called Paul. Susie was in the bedroom next door. It was late and she was in bed, propped up by a miscellany of pillows.

"What did you write about?" came an immediate reply from the long-suffering spouse.

"Em, the Easter Conference and then that programme I saw on iPlayer - you know, that Narnia Code one."

"And, did you write anything about MS?" came the immediate retort with a little more than a hint of reprimand.

"No, I forgot."

"You forgot! But, that's what people want to read about!"

"But, I don't want to write about MS!"

The deafening sound of silence threatened from the next room.

"Oh, OK. I'll do it in a day or two." The husband sighed.

A couple of days later he began to type: "So, how is the MS?......"

A few weeks ago, as chronicled here, I changed my painkillers to a new 'next generation' alternative. Apart from making me as high as a kite for a few days, the pain control was quite good and I felt better than I have done for almost two years. The last couple of days have been a bit rough, though. Whether I had an immediate 'honeymoon' effect from the medication, I don't know; or whether recently, the pain has been worse - I just can't tell. But, I've tried to augment the pain control with ibuprofen with little success (do you really want to know this?!). I'm hoping that this is just a minor blip and all shall return to what it was last week! I'll let you know.

The rest of the MS is as it was, I think. It's hard to tell. My walking varies from morning 'til evening. I can walk better after sleeping and it gradually gets worse throughout the day. My balance is bad all of the time and I've had a couple of near-misses as regards falling, when I've just managed to catch onto some item of furniture or kitchen worktop just in time. I think it's only a matter of time before someone has to pick me up in the pedestrian precinct in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow! I can't wait.

Let's return to Easter weekend as it's more interesting!

We had a visitor.

The visitor

A strange thing happens on a semi-regular basis every few months in our house. A woman with the same features as her ladyship arrives at the airport/bus station/or on the doorstep looking for somewhere to stay. It's a pretty good deal, actually. She loves ironing and, in return for a bed and a little food she clears the ironing basket. Bless her. The really strange side of it is this: from the moment she walks in until she departs, there is ceaseless conversation between her and the aforementioned spouse. They've known each other for a long, long time, and yet, they never seem to run out of something to say to one another. Bewildering. The other side of this phenomenon is that I get totally ignored. Actually, that's fine.

I'll put a photo of her here so that you also can be confused. Is it the spouse? Is it her sister? It's hard to tell. One of the ways you can tell the difference is to observe certain habits. This particular version (the Polly version) has a habit of disappearing off to warmer parts of the world at cold times of the year. She insists it's not for holidays. But, we ask ourselves, are there any witnesses to this tale?

As usual, if you want a closer look, simply click on the image.

If you can enlighten me on any aspect of these siblings, or their unpredictable - and sometimes downright strange - behaviour. Then please do. I've been trying to understand them for many, many years with absolutely no success.
I've uploaded a photo of both of them together so you can play spot the difference.
Until next time.


  1. methinks you had better watch out for rolling pins from two sisters :-)

  2. Ha Ha! I think I've grown a thick skin over the years. I fear not!

  3. I am sorry to hear that the initial good effect of the medication has taken a bit of a dive...I'm assuming it is gabapentin you are taking...have they ever mentioned being on amytripline as well (although that can have a detrimental effect on the balance...which of course you do not want). I'm sure that you have seen all the appropriate people, but a referal to a pain specialist may be useful if that has not been explored already.

    Wives...can't live with em, can't live without em, huh!!! I am often to be found "encouraging" my own husband. I'm sure he could live very well with less of it.

    I like (wrong interested) to read about the MS...BUT you are more than a, I am also very interested to read what is going on in your heart and in your mind and in your life. My vote is a bit of everything please.


  4. Haha this made me laugh Paul. I can only imagine that the sibling dynamic is even more so where twins are concerned - you're on your own mate ;o)

  5. OH Paul, how utterly blessed you are to have such a loving, supportive, wonderful wife and sister in law. You are doubly blessed. That verse springs to mind 'He who finds a wife finds a good thing'.........

  6. Thanks, Susie. Yes, it is good of you to remind me of that.