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Gallon of milk resting on the floor outside the pantry

Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh at Yourself

Shortly after my journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) began, I realized that my cognitive function was not always working the way it should. It was nowhere near as bad as it is today, but nonetheless, I noticed a change in the way things were ticking up there. As the Cog-Fog rolled in, I started to notice myself misplacing stuff more often, but at first, I would really think that someone else had taken whatever it was I was looking for. “I didn’t lose it, someone stole it!” But it wasn’t long before the subtle mysteries like how my car keys made it to wherever they were hiding, or how the TV remote found its way into the bathroom, became something with an explanation that was little more apparent.

“What was I thinking?”

One of the first instances I can remember of something “stupid” that I realized I had done was when I went into the kitchen to make myself a snack one day. I was going to pour myself a bowl of cereal, but when I opened the fridge to grab the milk, it was nowhere to be found. I clearly remembered myself having cereal that morning and putting a half-full jug of milk back on the empty refrigerator shelf I was now staring at. “What the heck? Who took all the milk?” I stood there for a moment wondering how the milk could have disappeared when I finally decided that I would just snack on some dry cereal like I would a bowl of chips. When I opened the pantry to grab a box of “crunchy breakfast sugar loops”, guess what I found sitting inside? A halfway-full jug of room-temperature milk! I pulled it out and just looked at it while stuck between a state of confusion and wanting to laugh out loud as it dawned on me that, “Wow, no one had taken the milk; I put it in the pantry! It was me! What was I thinking?”

How I choose to react

The “milk in the pantry” story remains one of my favorite examples of something that I did because of my MS that I can legitimately laugh about. I mean, yeah, looking back, I can now see that this “brain-fart” was just the start of what would later become an incredibly debilitating aspect of my life with MS, but to me? It was (and still is) objectively funny. But I know that to others, something like this may not be a laughing matter at all because I always find myself getting frustrated and stressing out over stupid little things that my MS causes me do – things that other people living with MS might be able to do and then immediately laugh about instead of snapping like I so often do. So obviously, being able to laugh at myself and my MS for doing something like this is not actually a matter of objectivity but a matter of how I choose to see and react to it.

What else can you do?

It’s not always easy to laugh about something you can’t really help. As I said, it’s a very common thing for me to find myself overwhelmed with frustration over something that (to others) may not seem like it’s a big deal. But when I can, I always try to stop, take a deep breath, and allow my sarcastic nature to digest whatever just happened so that I can make light of it instead of stressing myself out. Stress only ever makes things worse with MS, so why stress out about something you can’t do anything about? I can’t control everything that happens in my life, and I can’t control everything that happens to my body thanks to MS. But you know what I can control? How I react to those things. So what I realized is that when it comes to living with a chronic illness like MS? Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself because what can you really do about it?

What are some of the “MS moments” that you find to be funny? Share in the comments below!

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Comments

  • greatexp
    2 days ago

    I so appreciate your posts; they state what I’m feeling so much better than I can.
    Seeing the funny side of things really helps decrease the frustration at times. I find myself often talking on my phone and looking for it at the same time. It’s Christmas every day as I find things I’ve lost. I have an expansive vocabulary with all the new words I create while looking for the right word or combining two words into one.

  • Matt Allen G author
    12 hours ago

    Haha usually I am looking for my phone while holding it but the other day, after I got out of the shower, I was looking around for my pants… while I was wearing them… haha that introduced me to a whole new level of feeling dumb!

  • Janus Galante moderator
    1 day ago

    Haha! I love your attitude about this! Will have to remember the Christmas every day analogy!

  • eritorres
    2 weeks ago

    I threw my phone in the trash, forgot my keys, and glasses all on the same day. I just had to laugh at myself.

  • Annabelette
    5 days ago

    Oops! Sounds familiar. Worse yet, I’ll be wearing my glasses and wracking my brain to remember where I left them. Duh! Just gotta laugh sometimes or you’d go crazy. Stay well.

  • Janus Galante moderator
    1 week ago

    Forgot to mention, the dvd was still in it’s case. A bright red one. Couldn’t have been more obvious!

  • Janus Galante moderator
    1 week ago

    Oohh,
    but it sounds like you found everything!?
    I have long ago quit looking for a dvd (yes, a dvd!) that I am sure I must have thrown in the trash along with some paper plates, etc.
    I still marvel when I think about that one…a dvd, something that large? Seriously!?

  • Matt Allen G author
    3 days ago

    I recently decided that I’m not going to destroy the house looking for something anymore. If I can’t find it? I’ll just learn to live without it until it turns up or I simply buy a new one. Funny you mention the DVD though, the other day I found a DVD that was missing from the case for over a year. I also found an old wireless mouse I thought I lost when I moved back to California from Colorado. It was in a boot I almost never wear anymore. Saving space when packing is great but not if you forgot where you hid stuff haha.

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hahaha ahhh that is so aggravating! I’m so glad you were able to laugh at yourself – sometimes that’s just the best response. Thanks for sharing @eritorres!! – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Frankie J
    2 weeks ago

    I say to myself, before I go upstairs I have to get my night pills then I forget and say to myself before I shower I have to get my pills, I forget and then I’m in bed get out of bed, go downstairs to get my pills and stand in the kitchen wandering what was I doing

  • clhp
    3 weeks ago

    MS cognitive? or not. My alarm (had to set earlier than usual) was going off. More annoying than usual.The alarm WOULD NOT STOP! I was ready to throw the thing, even unplugged it but then…
    I realized it was my phone alarm going off, not the clock.
    HA!

  • Matt Allen G author
    2 weeks ago

    Funny you mention that. This morning my alarm on my phone was going off but for some reason, I was in a deep sleep (unusual lol) and I thought it was the doorbell (my alarm tone sounds a bit like a fancy doorbell) and I was getting mad that someone was ringing the doorbell at 4 am lol

  • 55dab
    3 weeks ago

    For me, MS has presented many mental problems. I forget how something works is truly bothersome. I will ask my wife how it works. She will tell me and then I remember. Without GOS, I would have to stay at home because I don’t remember how to the grocery store, etc. I’m afraid to go to the shooting range and I don’t know why. I am great shot. At least I used to be. I’ll be doing something and then think of something else to do. Without finishing the first project, I go to the next. I do not go back to the first project until I see it again. I can’t even remember five words that I need to repeat back a short time later. But I certainly have mood swings.

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Many refer to MS as an identify thief because it steals so much of oneself, @55dab. You are not alone. Many of our community members also suffer from cognitive and emotional symptoms and having to give up joys and activities. Thank you for reaching out and sharing – it helps others feel less alone as well. Thinking of you. – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Janus Galante moderator
    3 weeks ago

    55dab,
    your post is one that many of us here can certainly relate with.

    The cognitive/memory issue is something that is not unfamiliar and very common. You’re definitely not alone in this!

    Word, sentence and whole thought dropping is something that is a daily occurrence for myself, and I know can be very frustrating.

    I am so glad that your wife is by your side to help. She sounds like an absolute treasure!

    Thank you so much for sharing your post with us.

  • bandits
    4 weeks ago

    Trying to put on makeup and dress myself so I can somewhat match. Sometimes it doesn’t work so well. I have to ask my hubby if I look o.k ..

  • baggie58
    4 weeks ago

    Okayy – this is my funniest ms moment, I think. Because my throat and mouth are so dry I like an ice lolly before I go to sleep, it really helps. My hb usually brings me one with my bedtime meds etc. Anyway on this occasion he’d fallen asleep and was so tired I couldn’t think of waking him up to get me a lolly (popsicle for all you Americans ).

    So I decided to go get one for myself. As our house is open plan I didn’t put any lights on so as not to disturb. Got the lolly from the freezer and got back to bed without any mishaps, bit annoying I thought, that the lolly/popsicle had no stick. Took off the wrapping to discover that I’d just been going to bite into a lovely frozen salmon steak ….
    Did wake up hb in the end with my laughing

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 weeks ago

    lol that must have been a shocking first bite/lick! lol!

  • Designnerd
    2 months ago

    I do the ultimate scatter brained things daily like losing my phone for 2 days. Found it in the frig. Cant help but laugh. I’d love to get advise on how to make the ones we with live with us understand that I cant help it. Cognitive issues are so frustrating. Can’t get my family to understand, much less get online and read stories from this site. Being frustrated and downing myself gets me no where. I find joy in the smallest of things. If not I would give up, be depressed and accept this cruel disease.

  • Matt Allen G author
    1 month ago

    Hmm, the first thing I was going to suggest ways to have them read an article like this but… I’ll have to do some more thinking on this one to see if I can come up with another solution because this is not the first time I have heard that…

  • Annabelette
    5 days ago

    Loved ones who don’t understand? Hmm, sounds familiar. My best weapon for people who judge me is prayer. I lovingly ask the Lord to show them what it’s like to walk in my shoes, if even for a short time. It might take a while, but it works great. So many people come to me later, after they’ve experienced crazy, unexplained fatigue, brain fog, sensitivities to meds/chemicals, food allergies, disabling pain, etc, etc, and say, “Now I know how you feel!” That prayer is a public service. So many people are suffering unspeakable things, but look so normal. We may even be smiling and friendly in spite of our suffering. (We’re tough, aren’t we? Chronic illness isn’t for wimps.) We need compassion and understanding, not criticism. Stay strong!

  • m.Todd
    2 months ago

    I still haven’t learned to deal with doing stupid things and the problems caused by them. I thank GOD that my wife is very understanding and forgiving. I guess it’s just a matter of time. I only learned that I was an MS captive a couple of years ago.

  • Matt Allen G author
    2 months ago

    I think it’s a combination of taking time and having the right sense of humor. I have a very sarcastic and sometimes dark sense of humor so I can always find a way to laugh at myself.

  • Richard
    3 months ago

    I lost my balance and slowly fell inside a small walk in closet. Small, more of a step inside closet. As I fell against the clothes and slowly slid to the floor I ended up on my back. I have left side paralysis and was trying to figure out, in this small space, on my back, like a turtle, how was I going to get up. I am in a closet in the bedroom and no one can hear me scream! I imagined how it would look if someone did come in and see my predicament. This old fat guy on his back like a turtle stuck trying to turn over. I had to wait until I stopped laughing at that image before I could finally, finally get up. Now, I would be unable to get up but it would still be a hilarious image!

  • mtosatto
    2 months ago

    Richard, you might also have Type 1 Narcolepsy with Cataplexy. Please read about Cataplexy. Your description of having to wait to get up off the floor to stop laughing made me think it is possible. Many people with MS also have Narcolepsy. There are drugs that can help with that symptom. Xyrem is the one I take. Good luck.

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi @Mtosatto, it’s important to keep in mind that one person’s story may not be another’s, but we appreciate you bringing this to everyone’s attention and thank you so much for sharing your personal experience and helping others here. – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • m.Todd
    2 months ago

    Almost the same thing happened to me, but fortunately my son heard my yells for help.

  • Matt Allen G author
    3 months ago

    I have to admit, I have been in that exact same predicament. It was the slowest, most undramatic, “fall” (or maybe it’s more accurate to say “decent” I have ever experienced haha…

  • Annabelette
    2 weeks ago

    I did a slow-motion somersault once, trying to pack something in a box with a friend. I landed flat on my back, unhurt, but really surprised… so was my friend. I told him I meant to do that. We both had a good laugh. As long as we don’t get hurt, laughter does really help!

  • m.Todd
    2 months ago

    Thank you for giving me the word “decent” that I can use to describe mine.

  • Toon-Keesee
    3 months ago

    I forgot to wash the shampoo out of my hair while in the shower. I got out and started to towel dry and realized it was still full of suds. I also keep throwing our silverware into the recycling bin. My partner does a once over now before heading to the curb.

  • Matt Allen G author
    3 months ago

    Haha so I have done both those things on more than one occasion although, I’m a guy with really short hair, so I imagine it wasn’t that bad for me in comparison.

  • JennaL
    4 months ago

    The urgency to pee all the time!
    Looking five months pregnant after eating dairy

    Not so funny!!

  • Annabelette
    5 days ago

    Oh, the pee pee dance in public, as I frantically rush to the restroom! Folks get a good laugh out of that. So do I as long I don’t wet my pants. Just have to learn to make a pit stop every 30 minutes. So time consuming and annoying! Beats wetting my pants. Hopefully, that will improve for both of us.

  • m.Todd
    2 months ago

    I’m not alone in this. I urgently have to pee every time I stand up. I’ve taken to wearing those “Always Ultra Thin Regular Pads with Wings”, even though I’m a guy.

  • Matt Allen G author
    3 months ago

    None of this stuff is REALLY funny, I’m simply highlighting the idea that I think it’s important to maintain a sense of humor, it’s definitely an important part of how I have “survived” all these years. But as Jenna said, there are several medications for this. I was on Oxybutynin for a long time, there was another one but I am blanking on the name right now. I would just talk to your doctor about it.

  • scooper3722
    4 months ago

    Have had bladder issues for 35 years. Your doctor should be able to prescribe some medicine to help, For years I took oxybitenin. Now I am waiting for new medicine to come in the mail. Good luck to you,
    Sincerely, Susan

    D

  • Tonya Carter
    4 months ago

    I put my shoes on the wrong feet. I was walking out to leave and tripped. I looked down confused on what I tripped on and noticed my shoes. My first reaction was panic. I happened to be on the phone with my sister and I said “girl I am working out the house and my shoes are on the wrong feet, she replied “how did you do that” I began to laugh so hard tears are rolling down my face. I answered “my feet are numb I cant feel it. Needless to say before I leave the house I look down. When my grandson spends nights with me he will point out if I only have 1 slipper on.

  • Matt Allen G author
    3 months ago

    Haha! Glad you were able to laugh about it! So I have put them on the wrong feet several times but I can still FEEL in my feet so I was able to immediately tell that something wasn’t right. I can’t imagine when I would have noticed was I not able to feel!

  • scooper3722
    4 months ago

    Try keeping your shoes next to each other before you put them on.
    Are you seeing a Neurologist there are meds that can stop numbness. Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone as well as Steroids. My latest med I get an 8 hour infusion. Sorry I do not remember the title. Best of luck to you, Susan

  • Legsonstrike
    4 months ago

    I go around in circles looking for things I just had in my hand and I get up to go in the kitchen or the bathroom and forget why I got up, my memory is absolutely horrible, I write everything in my phone so I can remember. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned the tea bags, ughhh. Love this article!! I also take my meds in the morning and at night and I cannot be interupted because I end up taking a picture of the meds on my tongue to see what’s in my mouth, it’s just crazy!!

  • scooper3722
    4 months ago

    Have you tried using a plastic pill container. Color coded days of the week, morning, noon & night. Drug stores sell them.

  • hireathlove
    4 months ago

    LOL! I sometimes have to spit them out in the middle of taking mine…even when no one interrupts. Unfortunately, those plastic pill containers are nowhere near big enough for some of us. I’ve even looked at the ones that are considered XL! HA! I bet I could start my own company with “full-sized” pill containers.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    I recently learned about Google Keep, it’s a note-keeping app but it’s also on desktops so whether your on Android, IOS, Windows, or Apple it works and it’s like a cloud so if I write a note on my computer I can look at it on my phone later when I’m out and about. So all the things I need to write down to remember every day I now write there. Definitely a great MS tool.

  • vvxjr9
    4 months ago

    It’s hard to laugh at oneself. I usually can’t remember what happened during the morning or what happened in the evening. But what I have been doing lately is putting things away or hiding things that are important. Then, I drive myself crazy trying to find the items again. I look everywhere, my husband looks everywhere, and this can go on for days before I finally find the things again.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Oh it’s definitely not easy but it’s typically (for me at least) a good alternative to stressing. I know what you mean about hiding things, I used to do that but now? If I hide something? I WILL NOT find it later, so no more of that 🙁

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    4 months ago

    I hear you @vvxjr9, and I definitely understand how that doesn’t feel very funny – only frustrating – especially when it continously happens. Thanks so much for sharing your experience here as I know others can definitely relate and it’s at least a comfort to know we’re not alone.
    – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • 6fh0mq
    4 months ago

    What’s really making ME cuckoo is that not only do I have MS, (+30yrs), but I’m also over 60. So… is it MS or is it dementia rearing it’s ugly head?? I do have the nutsy “ where’d it go” moments like you mentioned but, the worst for me, is feeling like I’m being analyzed by family members about my memory. It’s the “Don’t you remember when I told you that at dinner… didn’t you see so and so when we were at the…whatever? “ It’s those guessing games that I find overwhelming. I have a tendency to write myself post-it notes and just paste them all over the place, which kind of helps with my “ where things are “ aspect of memory loss. It’s the “ what happened when” part of my memory that I can’t manage. ( and my accompanying embarrassment !) And as I watch my own mother’s slowly worsening dementia- I am freaking out! YIKES!

  • Annabelette
    2 weeks ago

    That’s pretty scary. If I really need to remember something when I’ll be around others, I note it on a brightly colored Post-it note and tape it to my chest. When someone asks me what’s on my chest, I find my note and get whatever I need to do done! I tape my questions for the docs on me. Works great.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    I can understand that, I hate feeling like people are analyzing me. I don’t know too much about the early stages of dementia but I imagine if you are proactive, there might be ways to help avoid it? I don’t know? Something I’ll have to read about,

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi @6fh0mq, I hear how overwhelming that must feel and definitely understand your fears and anxieties, especially with watching your own mother going through this. We have a forum discussion going about this exact topic if you’d like to read and/or join in the conversation here: https://multiplesclerosis.net/topic/aging-with-ms/ I hope it helps! I also encourage you to discuss your concerns with your doctor to help determine if the memory loss you’re experiencing is a symptom of aging or MS and to ensure you’re getting the care you need and deserve. Thank you again for reaching out and we hope you’ll continue to keep us posted on how you’re doing.
    – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Marshmallow
    4 months ago

    Wow, for a minute there I thought I was reading my diary lol. I also get frustrated over these things, but your article was a great reminder to laugh. Thank you!

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Haha yeah, odds are, whatever the topic, most of us can relate. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • honeybjackson
    4 months ago

    When these things happen, I laugh, then I feel a little sad for my shrinking brain. Then my my husband looks at me like I’m doing it on purpose, and that bothers me a little.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    The trick is, not letting your mind go from the laughing stage to the sad stage. How? Well, I have no idea because I still struggle with that often.

  • TraciDL
    5 months ago

    Oh, here’s 1. I woke up one morning to the news and heard the newscaster say 2 words out of order. A little later someone on another show did the same thing. Took the 3rd for me to realize, omgsh that’s me!!

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Haha ever randomly hear a word and think, “that can’t be a word, that just sounds weird” despite the fact that it’s a simple word you have used millions of times in your life? “bottle, bah-tle… is that word? BAW-tle sounds weird, it can’t be a word”

  • TraciDL
    2 months ago

    I look at people sometimes after they say a whole paragraph and say “wait, what? Sorry!” A lot. Kinda close.

  • TraciDL
    5 months ago

    I’d absolutely LOVE to share but all my funny anecdotes they caught the bullet train to MS -ville the moment I opened the comment section. Possibly later. Loved your post. We must laugh at ourselves and with those laughing with us. Not at us tho, those people are just mean. 🙂

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Haha I know what you mean, they are definitely one of those things that if I don’t write them down I’ll forget. I literally had a list going for months where any little example that crossed my mind would be jotted down so I could eventually write this post.

  • TraciDL
    2 months ago

    That’s how I will also most likely need to do it. I WANT to share and interact but I’m too tired, jerky, brain dead, blah blah lol

  • CindyLou
    3 months ago

    I just found a reply from you Matt, written 6 months ago regarding something I said. Unfortunately I had to go back and find my post as I forgot that I said something let alone that you might respond and even now I’m not sure I am going to remember what I am doing now. What if someone yelled FIRE and my response was ..what?… Oh Sorry I forgot what we were just talking about. I really have a short memory. lol

  • JustJosie
    5 months ago

    Your milk in the pantry moment is very similar to my ice cream in the microwave moment!
    Cheers

  • mtosatto
    2 months ago

    I have Narcolepsy with Cataplexy and I put a tub of icecream in the oven and found it a week later when I preheated the oven.

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    2 months ago

    Oh no!!! What a mess!! Thanks so much for sharing @mtosatto. – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Matt Allen G author
    5 months ago

    Haha, that is potentially messy,

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    5 months ago

    Hahha! It’s a comfort to know we’re not alone 🙂 thanks for sharing @justjosie! – Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • kandis
    5 months ago

    Haha. I’m totally with you there: Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself because what can you really do about it? 🙂

  • Matt Allen G author
    5 months ago

    Exactly! Get stressed which would only make things worse?

  • sevensix
    6 months ago

    About the time of my dx (I don’t remember before, or was it after?) as we finished pre-marital counseling I stood to leave, turning, walked into the wall where the door should have been. We all had a good laugh! I later confessed I was tired from a day at work. We did marry three weeks after my dx. That was 36 years ago.

  • Matt Allen G author
    6 months ago

    I have had moments like that, I don’t want to have to explain a black eye by saying, “I walked into a door” because then people might think I am in an abusive relationship haha….

  • potter
    6 months ago

    The other day my husband and I were making a healthy dinner and was making tequila lime chicken. I was making a pineapple salsa that required lime juice. I couldn’t find it in the refrigerator or on the counter. He decided he would find it, after searching for awhile I told him he should look in cabinets. The first cabinet he opened he found the lime juice sitting next to the tequila. He had put away the lime juice away with the tequila. My husband and son are bad about this, they usually can’t find a item they are looking for when it is right in front of them. You may had been having a Male not a MS moment.

  • Matt Allen G author
    6 months ago

    lol! Considering how neat and organized I tend to be, I would say it’s definitely not a male moment thing. The other day I caught myself putting my coffee creamer in the pantry, so, yeah, haha

  • MommaMia520
    7 months ago

    I find myself very very entertaining!! Mostly I’m by myself, and/or with a dog named Charlie. My life is pretty damn simple now, quit stressful family job, met a great guy and moved to another town. So I’m gardening or doing a little of any 10+ things, that never get done. I personally think that it’s so ridiculous that I have to laugh… constantly. If you are going to ever even think about possibly one day you could be happy, wether you are or aren’t currently, lighten up. That’s my approach to this life with MS and I am testament. I used to spend all my time worrying about what others thought of me when I’d have an ‘accident’, my crotch soaking wet and completely visible to everyone, or I have to pee and I’m headed to the bathroom with my hand in my crotch like a little girl. And the numerous other things I have no control over that the whole world can see…. Give yourself a break and smile If you can’t laugh, at least smile. This way, I’m in control of my own damn thoughts and not MS.
    Life is about the little things.. moments that pass you by. Time is going to pass you by if you don’t start living!! Time waits for no one.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been trying to start “a new chapter” in my life but it never seems to work out. Arg…

  • SherriD
    5 months ago

    Here here, I’m with you All The Way.
    New town, my new guy, and retired. A new volume in my life. I’m goi g for a story of rainbows and butterflies. ( minor stress, able to laugh at myself, deal with the accidents-including a larger pad bag. lol)
    You seem to be of a like mind.

  • freedom
    7 months ago

    taking a shower with my glasses on and wondering why I can see spots of water…almost marveling that I can see them…

    not washing the shampoo out of my hair and looking in the mirror trying to figure out why I look so different…..gotta learn to laugh…great artical.

  • collena
    9 months ago

    Thanks for sharing Matt. No use crying over pantry milk, har-har.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    Haha, pantry milk… right you are!

  • vvxjr9
    9 months ago

    Matt Allen G – I usually fall inside our condo, the rugs seem to cushion me so I don’t get hurt. The beginning of December I fell down on the sidewalk. There was a woman nearby that just stared at me and didn’t bother to help me up. I had broken my hand, which really hurt and was able to go to the orthopedic the next day.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    Wow, that is definitely not funny, how does someone just stand there???

  • Lamm
    9 months ago

    I just read about cog fog and i definately have it. ! And i had to laugh at myself again because i was looking for my phone and i was actually reading an article, on my phone !! Seems crazy at times but i loose things all the time. I seem to forget that I’m heating something up in the microwave then remember when it’s cold. This happens often, but i have a sense of humor about MS. I don’t really drink alcohol but i look like I’ve had a few drinks almost daily. My husband & i laugh about the neighbors that don’t know about my MS & how they probably think I’m drunk daily. Lol. I just try to roll with the symptoms & have a good laugh each day.

  • Toon-Keesee
    3 months ago

    “I seem to forget that I’m heating something up in the microwave then remember when it’s cold.”

    OMG! ME!

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I often wonder what people who don’t know about my MS think about me when they see me in public. When I was in Ireland a few years back, I was stopped by a bouncer on the street in front of a bar because he thought I was drunk (it was St. Patrick’s Day) and I had to laugh because I didn’t really even drink at the time.

  • MyMe2isMS
    9 months ago

    As I read many of the comments regarding humor and ms. As I relate forgetting things, misplaced items, hot/cold and mood swings to my primary care dr., things that never happened til ms was diagnosed, he said “those are also age related. Happens to me too.” Hmm.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I really hate when I get the age-related remarks considering how young I am, I was diagnosed at the age of 20, the whole old age thing doesn’t usually start affecting people that soon.

  • CindyLou
    9 months ago

    I constantly loose my sunglasses which can I keep safely on top of my head, although a few times I lost them because I was wearing them. Go figure.
    Sure do feel like a nut those days. I can only imagine what my friends are thinking during those times.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    yeah nothing really beats the whole walking around the house with my phone in my hand while looking for my phone LOL.

  • MyMe2isMS
    9 months ago

    While taking a long leisurely walk by a lake, my husband and I went to have lunch. I was overheating and getting wobbly so sitting a restaurant with AC was a good idea. The booth in the front window gave a nice view. The sandwich complete with lettuce, tomato, and mayo looked very good. I was a bit shaky so my husband cut it in half for me. Perfect. I still needed both hands to hold on to it. Then my shaky-shakes kicked into high gear! Even while still holding on, it EXPLODED! Lettuce and tomato flew across the table. The server very calmly said “you might need these”, with a few more napkins. Maybe one….. . It’s part of my life, make the insignificant mishaps silly. Yes I do have issues that are not at all amusing. The exploding sandwich, not so much.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I can relate to that, the crazy myoclonic jerks I get in response to sudden loud sounds have made me fling things across the room that were sitting on a plate in my hand. Very frustrating at the time but looking back definitely pretty funny

  • Heather
    9 months ago

    I would say that my most misplaced item these days is my cell phone. I NEVER used to have this issue (My husband was always misplacing HIS phone and asking ME to call him so it would ring, he would hear where it was ringing from, and his phone would no longer be lost.)

    Now, I would say that I seriously ‘lose’ my iPhone on a daily basis, and it is SO frustrating for me because I always could tell you exactly where it (and everything else was, for that matter) was before my RRMS diagnosis on September 13, 2012.

    Thankfully, I have an iPhone, and I will walk through my house yelling, ‘Hey, Siri!’ like I’m calling for one of my dogs or my son!

    And, the best part? If I don’t get any response from her, I know exactly where to look. I go to the kitchen and open the refrigerator, and there’s my iPhone, sitting on the ‘floor’ of the fridge, right in front of the crisper drawers!!

    I guess I have a (bad) habit of putting my iPhone down there when I’m getting something to drink, especially if it’s something that I have made, and it’s in a pitcher because I need one hand to pour and the other hand to hold my glass. Then, I put the pitcher away and walk away with my drink and not my phone.

    I put the remote for the TV in the living room in the fridge a lot, too. The problem with that, is that I can’t yell for it! I need to get a tracker for it or something. (My 12 year old son will actually ‘hide’ the remote so we can’t change the channel off of whatever he’s watching, and I can only ‘handle’ so many episodes of ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn’ before I freak out!! )

    And, the milk in the kitchen cabinet thing? Also guilty of that, as well. The good news for me is that I caught my mistake immediately after I did it. I have to do the Almond Milk thing now, and that stuff is not cheap.
    Immediately after my first, and only, so far (Knock on wood.), relapse, I became unable to drink regular cow’s milk. It all tastes and smells ‘sour’ to me.

    And…another ‘good one.’ I can only drink bottled water, and I can only drink one brand. Any guesses? It’s one of the more expensive ones out there…Fiji.

    Any other water, tap water, other bottled waters…They either taste ‘salty’ to me, or they taste ‘like I’m licking a rock.’ (I’m assuming that’s all of the minerals in there.)

    Wow…and that’s how MY MS brain works. This started off as a simple comment about how I leave my iPhone in the fridge, and it ‘took the scenic route’ to get back to the part where I, too, have put my Almond Milk in the cabinet and not in the fridge.

    With that being said, keep laughing, stay above ground and don’t be so hard on yourself. It is what it is. (This last paragraph is my outlook for 2019.)

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    Well better to leave your phone in the fridge than the oven because I’m sure it does better with cooler temperatures than heat.

  • Gmrobin13
    9 months ago

    Glad you have a Sence of Humor, it helps for sure…

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I don’t know if I would have made it as far as I’ve made it without a sense of humor

  • Bkboo
    9 months ago

    I was working one day in 100 degree weather bailing hay! Hard work and was standing on the hay on a trailer and went to throw the hay into the Barn and swung my arms and there the hay went and I followed. I landed on my elbow and heard a pop. I said to my boyfriend at the time…um I think I broke my arm. Long story short, I shattered my elbow and now have a plate in my arm, but I laugh at how that happened…

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    Wow, I’m sure it took some time before you were able to laugh at yourself on that one!

  • Bkboo
    6 months ago

    When the pain was gone 😉

  • Bkboo
    9 months ago

    I have always had a great sense of humor. I am the life of the party making everyone laugh. In 2013, that changed when MS attacked my focus, thinking skills, etc. It was no laughing matter it changed my world.
    Today, I am finding my sense of humor again when I try to explain something to a friend and sound like porky pig on pause….and I just look at them, stop stuttering and say yep Know what I mean and walk away.. Some days are better than others. My frustration can get the best of me and it will be something simple like walking in a room and standing there thinking what was I doing or getting, etc….ugh! I have to find the humor and eh get mad if I want to its my MS and will cry when I want to…. or laugh 🙂 Humor is wonderful!

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I have to admit, I still have issues laughing at things like my poor cognition and difficulty speaking… I have yet to find the ability to laugh at myself over that. It just frustrates me so much! But other things like stepping into a room and wondering why I walked in there? I can still laugh at that.

  • Bkboo
    6 months ago

    Oh I get very frustrated, kick scream, cry, etc., but I can find the humor too….its so important to find when a lot is out of my control
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  • KaseyG
    9 months ago

    I will have been diagnosed for 23 years on February 15th. I’ll be 45 on March 14th. What I’ve learned in my last 15 years is that laughter IS the best medicine sometimes. As an example, when I fall inside OR outside, there is a chance someone else saw. To make them wonder more, when I get up, I hold my arms in the air like I finished a dismount! Then laugh more because I’m sure the watchers are wondering what the hell I’m doing!

  • Marshmallow
    4 months ago

    Love that! I fall a lot, too, and that is just what I’m gonna start doing. One time, a few years before my diagnosis, I fell on the little stairs at the movie theatre. So embarrassing! My boyfriend at the time pretended not to know me. “Are you okay, Ma’am”? Strangers helped me up. Ugh. He’s out of the picture, obviously. But just thinking about the dismount pose makes me smile. Thank you!

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I have yet to fall outside (knock on wood) but I have already spent a lot of time thing about what I will do to use humor to mitigate the situation so that people around me don’t think it’s time to panic LOL

  • Donna Steigleder moderator
    9 months ago

    Thanks, everyone for sharing all these great stories. I’ve found that laughing at the crazy situations my husband and I get into due to his MS symptoms kicking in at just the wrong moment is the best way of dealing with the frustrations of the moments. I’ve truly enjoyed following along with your humorous adventures. Donna Steigleder, Moderator

  • TruB
    9 months ago

    I spent some time in hospital with paralysis down my left side, mealtimes were always fun. One day I took on the momentous task of one handedly removing the cling film from a plated scone, slicing open, opening the butter pat, spreading it, opening the jam sachet spreading it (all one handedly must have taken 20 minutes) I proudly raised the scone to my mouth when…..my hand spasmed! The nurse came in to find me laughing hysterically with jam and scone oozing out through my clenched fist!!

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    in a situation like that I would definitely sit there and while but probably more so as a result of me processing my insanity

  • KaseyG
    9 months ago
  • molliemoo
    9 months ago

    Well I’m new and still in limbo land now for 4 years. If I didn’t laugh I’d cry, which I do occasionally. My funny moment was when my neurologist asked me for an example of me saying the wrong things. I told him about the previous week when we had our supper outside in the garden ( a rare miracle in Ireland) my dog kept begging and I said in front of my family sit just go sit janette. Nothing wrong with that only my dog is called Jet. We laughed and they made fun of it all evening.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    I was in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day and a bouncer stopped me in front of a bar and asked me if I was okay because he thought I was drunk LOL… I had to say no but for a second I didn’t think I could probably take advantage of the holiday and just blame all my MS stuff on being drunk – also, better to make that mistake with your dog then with a friend you have known for a long time or family member

  • oneeye
    9 months ago

    My dad used to come up from the basement, and when somebody asked him where he had been he would say, “I’ve been in the hereafter.” when they asked what he meant by that he would say, “I asked myself but I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I was here after!”

  • Spratt
    9 months ago

    I enjoyed your article, especially the milk in the cabinet story – I knew exactly where the milk was when you went looking! Ask me how.
    My husband and I were outside working in the flower beds last spring. I knelt too close to the rocks – any hard surface on my knees totally takes away any feeling or working of the legs. I tried to scoot back onto the grass but my legs wouldn’t work, so I was stuck. So my husband tried to help me up. I’m a large woman and the thought of what the neighbors might see made me start to giggle, which then turned into a full-on laughing spasm. The more my poor husband tried to pull me up, the harder I laughed, making it impossible for him to get me up. Then he started laughing. We had a time just sitting on the ground laughing like a drunken old couple. I did of course eventually get up. Good times! (better laugh than cry when you can)

  • jpkuhta
    9 months ago

    In keeping with your perspective.

    There are 3 sure signs of MS.
    The first is loss of memory.
    I cant remember the other 2.

    It funniest when you actually say it a deeply serious voice.

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    lol I will have to remember that one- well, write it down or- I forget what else…

  • kgbookworm
    9 months ago

    You “gotta” find the humor in the MS losses whether physical or not, or you’ll end up with a bad attitude, and/or you’ll start crying and never stop.

    So, Monday was DEFINITELY an emotionally trying and physically exhausting day. My family member was having surgery, and I had a mammogram. Not the most comfortable appointment, and it was my first one where I required a wheelchair.

    I arrived home from my mammogram appointment, and the wheelchair bus driver was kind and ensured I made it into the house safely using my new ramps. I only have my permit to drive my “superhero power wheelchair,” and the ramps are new to me. I didn’t want to drive off the side of the ramp!

    I got out of the wheelchair and sat in my lift chair for a while. I became hungry, so I decided to power wheelchair into the kitchen to make some lunch. I completed that task, and sat eating. After a while, I decided to back my wheelchair into its out of the way spot while holding on to my walker to be able to get up and move once I parked the wheelchair.

    Years ago, I had a puppy, and I had a water bowl on a puppy pad in the living room that my Baby Girl knocked over. The water spilled past the puppy pad onto the hardwood floor that wasn’t varnished well. The wood bowed up (small bump in the floor).

    Here’s the funny. So, I’m trying to back in the wheelchair, and the small wheel of the chair just can’t make it over the bowed floor. I try again. I end up spinning, and spinning, and spinning in circles. I had to let go of the walker because I kept spinning around. I thought, oh maybe I should increase the speed of the chair so it powers over the bumps in the floor.

    I end up spinning, and spinning, and spinning faster and faster still unable to power over the bumps. Only, this time, I end up smashing into the loveseat and the end table.

    I’m FINALLY successful in getting over the bumps in the floor and backing in the wheelchair. Only now, the walker is across the room! I decided to take the risk of moving the chair again over the bumps to grab the walker to be able to walk safely. I’m alone in the house and needed to be safe. Yay! I was successful in backing in the wheelchair.

    After all that time, I have to use the potty. Yep, I didn’t make it. After cleaning myself up, I thought it was best I lie down and rest. I shakily walk to my bed, only to see my cell phone was on red battery and needed to charge. Guess where my charger was? Yep, in the living room! I told the family I was turning off my phone and why so they wouldn’t worry. I took a nap until my daughter arrived!

  • Donna Steigleder moderator
    9 months ago

    kgbookworm, Thank you for sharing that story. You tell it beautifully. I can see exactly what’s happening. Having been in similar situations, I can guess what may have been going through your mind! Thanks for the perfect laugh this afternoon. Donna Steigleder, Moderator

  • cpcatchik
    9 months ago

    Thank you for being brave enough to admit all of that. I laughed until tears rolled down my cheeks picturing you spinning in the wheelchair while stuck on place. I had a bad relapse a year ago and needed a rollator to get from room to room safely. Trouble was that it seemed never to be where it was needed. Sometimes I’d lurch across the room to get it and once I crawled…and learned not to do that as I then couldn’t get up. I sat on the floor laughing like a mad woman. And naturally, that brought on a need to visit the bathroom, so you can guess what happened next. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Haha that sounds pretty terrible but I’m guessing it wasn’t as emotionally troublesome for you consider you were able to laugh at yourself, that’s awesome!

  • Spratt
    9 months ago

    This made me laugh – isn’t that the way things go?! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    Glad you did!

  • Marnie55
    9 months ago

    I love this article. Laughter is truly my best medicine. I have lived with MS for 37 years, am now 55. I crack my self up.
    Don’t get me wrong..I hate this disease, but the endorphins feel great when laughing

  • SueK
    9 months ago

    We were at the neuro’s office when I complained that part way through an argument, I forget what we are fighting about. The doctor asked my husband if he reminds me. My husband didn’t miss a beat, answering, “do I look crazy?”

    What’s worse is when I am searching for something, standing staring right at it no less, and somehow it doesn’t register what it is. Last week I sat staring at my IPad for five minutes as though I had never seen one before. Now that is freaky!

  • StephNA311
    9 months ago

    My recent doppy moment started when I went to get a haircut I brought a picture of what I was hoping to get… The results were pretty close I looked in the mirror the next morning didn’t recognize myself saw a stranger then gut my hair without thinking it was difficult cause my MS gave me a stiff right arm that day but that’s my norm. My maybe ex hair dressers a little pissed at me cause of this…

  • SLZ2
    9 months ago

    I was really on a roll. I put the milk in the cupboard, the coffee pot in the oven and my coffee cup in the fridge. That was an exceptionally bad ms brain fart. I laughed at myself hard my hubby though I was having a fit

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    All you were doing was exploring new possible places to store things LOL

  • JimmyMac
    9 months ago

    Great writing!! Only because you asked, I woke up in the morning and nearly woke my wife to admit to her that I had killed a man. As I continued to worry, my cog fog began to dissipate. I slowly remember that not only do I oppose murder, who doesn’t, but I don’t own a gun. I woke up my wife because of the noise from my good belly laugh.

  • Matt Allen G author
    4 months ago

    Haha, bad dream? I OFTEN wake up and need a minute to remember what’s reality and what was a dream. My dreams are just so realistic and when I wake up from then it’s like my brain is still in some other world till the fog clears enough!

  • mdtam
    9 months ago

    So true, thank you for sharing! I’m new to the site but also plan on sharing my journey with MS as well. Your very brave, and I admire the fact you had the courage to come here and share. It’s not easy sharing the moments that you might feel judgement by others. I would like to add you as a friend on here. Can we do that here? I’m new like I said haha!! Lol

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi @mdtam, welcome to our community!! We’re so grateful you joined our site. Yes, you can add friends! All you have to do is:
    1. Make sure you’re logged in and click your profile pic in the top righthand corner
    2. This will take you to your profile page where you’ll see a “Friends” tab listed on the main menu.
    3. Click on “Friends List” in the drop down menu, and you can type in any members’ username and friend request them

    Let us know if you have any trouble. We’d also love to hear your journey with MS if you feel comfortable doing so! Whenever you’re ready, you can share your story here: https://multiplesclerosis.net/stories/

    Thanks again for reaching out! Best wishes, Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • vvxjr9
    10 months ago

    It happens

  • Matt Allen G author
    9 months ago

    yup, lol, it happens.

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