I had a nickname growing up. It was Grace, because I didn’t have any. I was uncoordinated from the get go and it only got worse. My MS certainly hasn’t helped things. I have yet to find a surface I can’t trip on. I am a master at tripping on flat surfaces. Stairs are definitely not my friend, and heels? Forget about them! I prefer when my two feet are firmly planted on the ground in flats, preferably in fashionable ones.
My MS symptoms and flares have mostly targeted my legs. I have walked with a multitude of mobility aids when required and I have worked damn hard to walk without them. Even when I am not walking with mobility aids, I still have balance issues and need to be careful. If I am on stairs, I have to walk down them like a toddler would, one step at a time. I have to be vigilant that my foot hits the next step before bringing my other foot down. I recently made an error when walking down steps and paid the price. I looked back to answer someone who had asked me a question. This momentary lapse of my vigilance caused me to tumble down the four remaining concrete stairs and platform. I earned myself an impressive 10 inch bruise on my shin and a blow to my pride. Weeks later I still have this bruise and now a large encapsulated hematoma. I did an awesome job of teaching those stairs a lesson to not mess with this crusader. I just wish I had a better story to tell why I have this war wound; tumbling down the stairs is not exactly the action this crusader wants to admit to.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a person that needs to pick myself back up off the ground. I appreciate when someone offers to help me up, but it is something I feel I need to do on my own. Thankfully, most times my pride is the only thing wounded and I am usually able to get myself righted. I have learned over the years not to be so worried about falling and just accept that it happens. I have also learned that sometimes I just need to laugh about it. I am sure some of my falls have been hilarious to watch. It’s like I have my own blooper reel. Besides, isn’t laughter some of the best medicine? Until next time my friends, stay upright and avoid the blooper reel!