A Bump in the Road

A bad day stinks, but it doesn’t have to ruin my mood.  I found this out today.  When I have a bad day, I have extra pain.  My arms are in pain and extremely irritated, and I can’t think straight, but I still have to live my life.  I still am a mother of three and I still have to go to work.

So since I don’t like to complain, but I feel better if someone knows what I am going through, I pick someone to be ‘my person’ for the day.  I tell that person what is going on with me so I know I am not alone – someone knows the discomfort and pain I am in.  That way I can pretend like everything is fine in front of every one else, and still be professional at work and the other places I need to be.

Today I chose my Dad.  I emailed him all of my ‘stuff’ and he wrote something incredible back.  He said, among other great fatherly comfort and wisdom, “It’s just a bump in the road.”  It does not mean I am not still in recovery.  I can still be happy I am feeling better.  I just hit a bump.

And if you think about it, a bump can be kind of fun.  Well, maybe not fun, but still some good can come out of it.  It’s something that forces you to deviate from your normal responsibilities for the day.  Even if it is unpleasant, it’s a great excuse to take some time off from getting stuff done!  So I am just going to get through the day at the office, put on my sweats the second I get home from work, cuddle with my babies, and not do a thing!  There are leftovers in the fridge, and tomorrow is a brand new day to tackle the things that take concentration and motivation!  Why don’t you consider doing this, too? 🙂

Posted in: Multiple Sclerosis, self-help