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Unbalanced Cycle

More multiple sclerosis NO balance issues and a contest winner

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My last blog discussed how I had failed the heel to toe test at my neurologist’s office and how that caused drunken memories and great concern. It concerned many of my readers too, which made me analyze this over and over. Then I decided to take some action!

Naturally klutzy my whole life, until the heel to toe test incident, I hadn’t given my balance much thought. I did fall this past summer but that was only because Fido, my pet portable ac unit, tripped me. I fell again a couple of months later but that was only because I was packing up my home after needing to move and I was incredibly grouchy about it-the move and the packing.

But on a visit with family recently, I fell again. Not wanting to admit MS was the problem, I decided to make it a crime of assault instead. The sidewalk attacked me.

There is even a crime scene photo-

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These goldfish didn’t survive the crime. They landed on the ground when my two year nephew dropped them to quickly reach for the doorbell.

No, he wasn’t reaching for the doorbell to get me needed help. He just loves pushing the doorbell. And with me on the ground, there was no adult to stop him.

I did get my first black eye from the incident which I tried to take a picture of, my first selfie. But it didn’t come out; proving that I should not take selfies, ever. But you totally should have seen what the sidewalk looked like when I was done defending myself. The crack I gave it looked something like this-

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But what if these falls have more to do with balance than assault charges or klutziness? Maybe, they are a combination of both.

Suddenly I realized I can do something about this! I don’t have to be content with being a Fido/sidewalk victim, at their mercy whenever they decide to be obnoxious. My Wii Fit has balance exercises I can do.

I went looking for the Wii Fit. It’s not that I have been neglecting it exactly. It’s just that I only moved a few days ago and the Wii Fit board got pushed aside during the move. I hadn’t unpacked it yet.

Ok, ok, the move was actually five months ago, but that is a few days in MS terms.

I pulled it out, took the batteries from the TV remotes and put them in the Wii Fit board, after removing the old ones and cleaning up battery acid in the compartment-guess it had been a long time since I used my Wii Fit, and then checked out the exercises.

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I discovered a new balance exercise I hadn’t tried before- ski jumping! Aren’t female ski jumpers entering the Olympics for the first time this winter? I need a goal. I will practice and practice and then enter the Olympics!!!

No, I’m not crazy. I know I would never get good enough in time for this year’s team. But the next Winter Olympics, I’m in!

Ahhh, but the Wii Fit is a cruel and bitter trainer. It refused to cooperate. When I would do the ski jump game, it would tell me I failed. Over and over I would try, eager to improve and become Olympic ready. And over and over my TV would flash the word unbalanced at me.

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Unbalanced, like a washing machine stuck in a wet useless cycle, unbalanced. This was almost more upsetting than the heel to toe test.

Luckily, I found other balance exercises that I did pretty well at.

Ski slalom for one. I aced the ski slalom game.

And tightrope walking. I was actually pretty good at that. And, the tightrope on the game is between two tall skyscrapers. Yet, I didn’t fall once!

Ok, new goal- Nik Wallenda watch out!

I’m training to be famous tightrope walker!

 

Contest Winner!

Only a few more weeks until the release of MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less Story” of Multiple Sclerosis!

My publisher won’t give me an actual release date for fear that I will stalk them if it is late, which of course, I would. But they have said that mid- February is likely!

Please keep an eye on this site and my FB page for updates.

One person who doesn’t need to watch for updates as she will be getting an autographed free copy along with a $10 gift card is reader Kym B from NJ! Her name for the MS monster on my cover won my most recent contest.

The name she entered is Myron. Myron just seemed to fit. I think I will refer to him as Myron, the myelin munching monster.

Congratulations Kym!

And thank you to all for entering and for supporting my writing!

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