Slip Slidin’ Away

“She said a good day ain’t got no rain
She said a bad day is when I lie in bed
and think of things that might have been”
-Paul Simon

We know about good days and bad days. We could write a book on it. The good days are rare and wonderful, like little glimpses of what life was like before, so we go for it. We get out, we clean and garden, shop and see friends and family. We tackle all that stuff that’s been sitting in a corner, patiently waiting for a good day. And man, it feels great….it feels so great to accomplish stuff that we used to take for granted. Stuff that we never gave a thought to. Before.

I rearranged furniture on a recent good day. I felt like Hercules, strong and determined. I ignored the vertigo when I stood straight after lifting things I had no business lifting. I willed away the pain in my legs and gave MS my middle finger when it tried to creep into my plans. I was not going to waste my good day because I wanted it, I deserved it.

You know the end of this story before you read it. Even typing it out now is unnecessary because you know. Bad days follow good days, but sometimes it’s just worth it. I miss that great feeling that that a clean house or a weeded garden gives me, so I wait for the next good day and I tell that pile of things in the corner to be patient and to try not resent the other days. The days that feel like I’m slip slidin’ away.

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  • Lisa M
    3 years ago

    Hi Allison

    You are right about acceptance being key, took me a bit to get it, but I got it. Here it is Munday…..and Im dragging, accomplished nothing but a shower, but Sat. and Sunday were GREAT 😉

    I’ll see what Tuesday brings…

    Lisa

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi AllisonJo, thank you for sharing your beautiful and poignant story. We’re glad to have you here as part of our community. We’ll be here to offer support on those days when you feel like you’re sliding, and we’ll be here to share your joy and accomplishments on the days your inner Hercules comes out. -All Best, Donna (MultipleSclerosis.net team)

  • AllisonJo author
    3 years ago

    Thank you, Donna. I am so enjoying reading the MS stories here. Your community has some amazing writers. It’s always healing to know we are not in this alone. Glad to be on board.
    Alliso

  • Lisa M
    3 years ago

    Great post!!!

    This is all so true, I know on those rare days that I feel like my old self(sorta) that Im going to do my best to clean the house like before or even just get out and go to the store, or yes, maybe pull a few weeds and sweep the porch!

    I know a bad day will follow, its like Mondays, they are always bad now…I get out if I can and do more then through the week because I have help on weekends and so I can plan on a tough Monday but I do it anyway, your right, it is worth it!

    Slip slidin away, love that song!

  • AllisonJo author
    3 years ago

    Thanks, LIsa M.

    Another Paul Simon fan 🙂 His words just make me smile.

    It’s exhausting – trying to keep up to what used to be, isn’t it? Acceptance seems to be the key to knowing how to pace ourselves but damn it, some days it’s frustrating to have to watch the world go by.

    Mondays….yep. I know.

    Allison

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