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Holiday Heart Madness

A post Valentine MS post

I’m not against Valentine’s Day.  Truly, I’m not. Let the sappy saps in love or in intense-like-flirting have their sappy day.

Plus, Valentine’s Day ushers in one of my favorite holidays, half off lots of chocolate candy day, which I totally celebrate.  Where was I on 2/15?  In the clearance candy aisle of my grocery store of course!

But this year, Valentine’s Day led to my speculating about dating, Steve Harvey and multiple sclerosis.

No, no, no!  Don’t panic!  Steve Harvey has not been diagnosed with MS, at least not to my knowledge. I certainly don’t want to start any celebrity medical rumors.

But on one of my blah days you might find me watching his daytime show.

(Crucial Disclaimer- I’m talking about a regular blah day as opposed to a Super Blah day where my brain is not in any condition to watch anything.  For the official, technical, medical distinction, please check out one of my former posts titled Super Blah.)

When I watch Steve Harvey I get concerned about my stubbornly single status.  My buddy Steve is all about helping women find the perfect man and turning regular men into perfect men.  His well intentioned goal is to pair us all up.  But I don’t want to be paired up!  Right now, I’m not searching for the perfect man.

(In truth, I’m not so eager to find a not-so-perfect man either.)

I try to heed all the warnings about not allowing MS to turn me into a social outcast but being social can be exhausting!   Add in love and sex and emotions and it’s enough to make me want to hide in my blanket fort with a good book and an even better bottle of wine.

Is that wrong?

I have some awesome writing friends who have MS, met at an MS event, fell madly in love and are now happily married.  And I’m super happy for them.  I don’t think it would be appropriate to name them, Jennifer and Dan Digmann, but I think their love story is amazing.  Exhausting, but amazing.

Personally, I can’t even imagine dating with MS.

“Hi Yvonne, would you like to join me for dinner and a movie?” a potential suitor might ask.

“Uggghhhh…. Can we skip the movie?  My bladder makes me miss most of it anyway.  And can we do lunch instead?  I’m usually a cognitive mess by 6.”

And what’s the latest rule on Going Dutch?

Me- “If we’re Going Dutch can we go to McDonalds?  MS keeps me on a tight budget.”

Potential Suitor- “Well, if we’re keeping it low key, how bout pizza?”

Me- “Uggghhhh, ok.  But be warned, with my MS shakes and my regular clumsiness combined with my MS clumsiness I’ll probably wind up wearing a slice or two.”

(Ok, so my blogs are tongue in cheek which means I may exaggerate slightly.  It’s unlikely I would actually wind up wearing a slice or two.  But I would definitely get sauce on me somewhere.  And cheese.  I just don’t leave a pizza joint without cheese on me in several places, chin, shirt, sleeve…..)

Perhaps you may think I think too much and that I’m totally exaggerating- of course I am, I just told you that.

And you may be right.

And it’s not like I’ve always been this way.  I’ve had some super fabulous relationships. And I’ve had some super not so fabulous breakups.  I’m just not sure I have the energy to go through that again.

I find comfort in the words of the great Katherine Hepburn.

“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should just live next door and visit now and then.”  Katherine Hepburn

But then again, Katherine still had a busy social life.

I do try to keep social with my friends as much as I can.   And I in no way begrudge those with MS who are searching for fun and for a mate. I’m just not one of them right now and I’m stressing myself wondering if that’s ok.

I don’t think Steve Harvey thinks it is.

Maybe, just maybe, if it’s meant to be, a great date will just magically appear and I’ll have a magically better willingness to appreciate it.   But is it so bad to be so consumed with so not searching for that great date?

What do my single MS friends think about that?

Note 1- I actually did have a Valentine.  This little cutie is a Valentine baby who turned six this year and who is my lovey dove all year long!  Happy Birthday DJG2!

Note 2- To learn more about Dan and Jennifer Digmann and their very cool love story check out their website here Dan and Jennifer Digmann

Note 3- I believe the best thing for me right now is to watch Steve on Family Feud instead of his talk show.  Families and feuds I definitely appreciate!

PS  March is National MS Awareness Month! Want to get some awareness tied in with some giggles too?  Celebrate the month by giving the gift of MS Madness! Available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is donated to non-profit agencies helping those with multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses.

PPS- Happy Black History Month!

PPPS-Happy President’s Day!

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Here Comes Gina Romani!

An MS Positive?   Possibly.

Myself, and fellow MS’ers like me, have a tendency to blame multiple sclerosis for everything bad.  Not just everything medically bad in our bodies, but everything bad.  War, death, violence, hatred, Justin Bieber,….…you name it.  If it’s bad, it is MS’s fault.

And why shouldn’t it be?  MS is a super sucky, very serious, no cause, no cure, scary, debilitating disease.  And yes, I said the dreaded “D” word-disease: a super sucky, very serious, ugly word.  Sometimes MS deserves to be referred to as a disease and not the less ugly version of the word disease-illness. So whether it’s right to do so or not, I choose to blame everything negative on MS and you can’t stop me!

But what about something positive?

No way!  There could be absolutely nothing positive about MS, ever!   It’s impossible.

I started thinking about this recently after an “incident.”  A kind of cool incident, actually.   I was on my way to visit a friend and before I got to her house, I stopped at a liquor store to get us some wine.   And then, miracle of all miracles, I got carded!!!!

Really carded!

I had to actually pull out my license and the sales clerk working the cash register stared at it for several seconds before handing it back!

I was beyond thrilled.  I’m way, way past my under 21 years.  I don’t want to tell you by how much but let’s just say I was diagnosed when I was 40 and that was a few years ago.  You do the math.

(If it’s a brain fog day then you may want to ask a grade schooler to help you.)

True, the lady who carded me was wearing super thick glasses.

And true, I had a ton of makeup on as I had just come from a local cable TV station where I was interviewed and I needed lots of makeup to look decent.  (And that was just a local cable show- how much makeup will I need if I ever get on my mom’s personal favorite- the Steve Harvey show?  Is there enough makeup in the universe?)

Still, I was ecstatic!  If anyone wants a natural high, get carded.  It will give you more energy and pep than all your meds combined.

As I was carrying the wine and skipping to my friend’s house, a worry did enter my happy thoughts.  What if I didn’t have my id?  Then what would I have done?

If I ever lost my license I would be so stressed that I would definitely need wine and wouldn’t be able to buy it!!

Then what would I do?  Resort to being the lame teenager hanging outside of the liquor store and sucking up to old people to get them to buy for me?  No, I couldn’t have that.  That is beyond humiliating now.  It wasn’t that humiliating when I WAS a lame teenager, but now? No, I just can’t do it.

I made a mental note to dig out my fake id from college.  The id featured a horrible picture of me with the name and stats of some girl from New Jersey named Gina Romani.

Dear Gina, wherever you are, you got me through a lot of parties- thank you!

As fake ids go, mine was pretty bad.  But it worked in about 30% of the liquor stores I tried so it was a crucial part of my life.

And it was somewhat famous, too.  My friend’s mom thought it was so pathetic that she took to calling me Gina Romani all the time.   To this day, we will be some place in our small town, church or a restaurant say, filled with people who know us, and she’ll yell- “Hey Gina, how ya doing?”

And people will look at her like she’s crazy.

“Has she lost it?” they will ask.  “That’s her daughter’s friend Yvonne.  Why does she think her name is Gina?”

And so, to spare any trouble in the future should I lose my real id, I vowed to find my fake one as soon as I got home.

My joy turned to grief when I pulled my house apart and could not find it anywhere!  How could I have lost my fake id?  I may need it now that I’ve been carded and yet my MS brain has misplaced it- never to be found again!

And there’s the problem.  It’s MS’s fault that my fantastic mood turned sour and uplifting feelings turned to worry.  If I lose my license what will I do all the times I may get carded in the future???!!!

Sigh………

I decided to focus on the good, the fact that I got carded in the first place.   This was a good thing and it had absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, to do with MS at all.

Except that I was all doled up and wearing makeup to talk about my MS book.

Still, no.  I won’t give MS any credit for the good thing that happened, my being mistaken for a teenager.

But with the fatigue that comes from MS I do need a lot more sleep; usually somewhere between 10-12 hours a night depending on how effective my bladder meds decide they want to be.

And some people call that much shut eye beauty sleep.  I tend to doubt my sleep has anything to do with beauty but maybe that much sleep from MS fatigue is actually resting and smoothing some of my wrinkles?

I was still reluctant to give MS any positive credit for the “incident.”   But then I remembered that since my diagnosis I have been eating better and drinking more water (when I’m not drinking wine of course,) and supposedly, those two things are good for you and can perhaps make you look younger?

And stress about MS helped me to mostly kick the smoking habit and smoking supposedly ages you.

And, I have made many new friends since my diagnosis and good friends cheer you up which makes you less stressed which may make you seem younger?

Leave it to multiple sclerosis.

As my body feels like it’s aging at the rapid rate of two years every day, MS could quite possibly be helping me to look younger.  Maybe I have to give MS some, teeny tiny bit of credit for something good?

Or maybe the liquor store clerk just needs thicker glasses.

Either way, I’d sure feel better if Gina Romani was still hanging around….

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