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...