Friday, October 03, 2008

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast...SURVIVOR MS...

Ever feel like you're on that game show 'Survivor' with your MS? I guess it's not really a game show as much as it is (now classified) a "reality TV show". Although I'd beg to differ on what is exactly REAL about a group of idiots being dumped somewhere in an alleged remote area, eating worms and burying their own poop, while an ENTIRE TV CREW IS STANDING BY WATCHING?!? I think KNOWING there are people underfoot sent with you SPECIFICALLY to rescue one's sorry arse should trouble arise, really diminishes the true reality of having to *survive*...but I once again seriously digress. :-)

I went to the hospital today to visit our dear friend, Trevis , from HealthTalk (told you I'd work that 411 into a post, Mr T.!)...he's recovering quite nicely from a very serious operation that knocked the wind out of him like a move on the WWF (World Wrestling Federation...ahem). And I'm pretty sure I am not talking out of school when I say, it was BECAUSE of his MS the surgery had to take place at all, although the surgery was not ABOUT his MS...rather a condition resulting as a *byproduct* of the crappy disease and treatment.


In the famous words of Gilda Radner in character as Roseanne Roseannadanna, "It's all aways sumpthin"...although I don't think she was talking about MS specifically! But it IS true...it seems like with MS, it is ALWAYS SOMETHING. If it is not the symptoms of the disease itself, it is secondary or tertiary diseases CAUSED by MS that try to bring us down...or it can even be life circumstances/employment circumstances/housing circumstances as the result of MS that hang on an MSer like a ball and chain...BECAUSE OF Multiple Sclerosis. We are constantly in a state of trying to *Outwit, Outlast, Outplay* our MS. And, just between you and me? I'm growing sick of this game and sometimes wanting to change the channel!


OK, to be painfully honest here: I have never sat down and watched the CBS show, "Survivor". No NEED to. I really find no comfort or thrill in watching a GAME SHOW that attempts to simulate physical and mental endurance, AKA, *survival*. I get enough of true *survival* in my job, watching so many lost souls diving in dumpsters for a piece of left over food or sleeping in freezing weather under overpasses for shelter...and there is no TIME LIMIT to their game and no ability to be VOTED OFF THEIR ISLAND.


But I DO like the motto of the show because it does capture what we ALL attempt to do on a daily basis, with or without MS. The game simply gets more complicated when having to play WITH Multiple Sclerosis. Every day presents opportunity to *outplay* the disease...to make adjustments to our ways of thinking and our daily routines...to accommodate MS and work WITH it in our game. And, in the end, to hopefully OUTLAST the disease itself.


To bad there ISN'T a time limit in the game of MS...I'd sure like to walk away with that million dollars in the end! And just maybe, when my reality version of MS Survival is over, I could also get a spot as a cohost on the "View", too...

5 comments:

Spaz Attack said...

Thanks for sharing your true life's dream -- being a co-host on the View! You certainly got the opinionated big mouth to be good at it ... And that's the type of conversational persona that makes the View so popular.
all you need to do is visulize it, and then work toward your dream and then it will become a reality, right? You too could be just a heartbeat away from being President :-)

have myelin said...

Oh I think you would whoop Whoopie's ass. I'm sick of her!

intelligentguidetoms said...

Brain-cheese,

You seem a little down in the dumps today so remember that exercise and some time in the sun help beat depression. As to those "visualization techniques" and the promise that your dream will become reality, well, I guess there are those who believe in the Easter bunny too.

More realistic views include preparing plans, overcoming obstacles sometimes, revising plans, and keeping on keeping on.

I love your blog and have linked it to mine at http.//intelligentguidetoms.wordpress.com

Miss Chris said...

You are soooo much funnier than some of those women on The View. They think they're hilarious but all they really are is annoying.

Blindbeard said...

I think we need to make a MSers calendar with pictures of people in lingerie with canes or in wheelchairs. Heck, I'd even go nude for a good cause, with some strategically placed leaves to help avoid nausea of course. Between a choice of an island or MS, I'm with you. I'd rather watch paint dry right now, I'm so sick of MS and all the little things that come with it.