Everyone’s MS shows up differently. For me, either my brain is working ok or my body is working ok but they don’t typically both work at the same time.
Yesterday I had physical therapy but I knew I was going to a co-worker’s going away party last night. I planned for it, did my PT and had about 6 hours to rest before going to this social event.
What I failed to remember was that I’ve been out on disability for nearly 6 months. With the exception to 2 short visits to the office since March I haven’t been around. People noticed, people had questions and wanted to catch up. It was great, thoughtful and made me feel a tad bit better because I just assume no one actually gives a shit if I’m there or not.
I had one drink to take the edge off the pain so I could have a conversation. I had many conversations though, and using my brain to follow so many conversations has a price to pay the next day.
While the night of catching up lasted less than 2 hours I woke up barely able to move. Muscle and joint pain ripped through my body as I tried to put on a bra and top, numbness in the whole of my legs made putting my jeans on a touch harder than just the typical balance issues.
Today, I will pay for all those conversations. Today, I will rest most of the day before my youngest son’s eye appointment. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back to my standard baseline or I will rest more.