When the End Game is Expected
Beyond the slow creep on the track is the dramatic sharp curve or steep plummet of the rollercoaster. It's not a secret. You know it's approaching because even if isn't visible at the start, you already know what this ride is all about. You already know what's coming. The end game is expected.
You can 'see' it
Disregarding parental guidance while being reared, ignoring wise counsel along life’s journey, frivolous decision making on important issues, little thought given to life changing circumstances, noncompliance with the laws of the land... These are all examples of injudicious choices made that can lead to a clear outcome, a hapless outcome. You can ‘see’ it. The consequences will not be great because limited effort produces limited and poor results. The end game is expected.
Disappointed, but not surprised
Experiencing gait and balance issues, fatigue, pain in my limbs, headaches, heat intolerance and several other symptoms prompted my Primary Care Physician to immediately refer me to a Neurologist. He suspected Multiple Sclerosis and subsequently ordered several tests which confirmed his suspicions and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A second opinion corroborated the diagnosis. I educated myself on this degenerative, chronic disease and over the years, bore witness to the decline (primarily) of my fine and gross motor skills. I’m disappointed, although not surprised. And I'm not despondent nor disillusioned by what has or what can and may potentially occur. The end game is expected.
Prolonging the inevitable
The occupational therapist came in to work with me due to my ‘curling’ hands. She explained that this MS symptom is caused by a disruption in communication between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the sensory nerves in the hands. We also did exercises to stretch them and extend the fingers, massaged them and I was prescribed splints to keep them open for periods at a time. All of this would prolong the inevitable - that MS would cause them to fully contract at some point. The end game is expected.
Buckle up and brace yourself
Some things in life you just see, you just know, you just expect. Amongst other emotions, they can be scary, overwhelming, and challenging. Preparation, however, (if at all possible) can be advantageous.
The rollercoaster - buckle up and brace yourself.
The life changing decisions - think smart and have a ‘plan B’ ready to implement.
And Multiple Sclerosis - employ commodities early in the course of the disease that can (or may) slow the progression such as a DMT, physical and/or occupational therapy, prayer, diet, exercise... whatever your specialist recommends and anything additional that might personally (and safely) work for you.
It’s essential to prepare yourself the best you can... when the end game is expected.
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