Thanks to all for help recently on subtle disabilities and service animals (“Subway turns away Colfax woman with service dog,” Journal, April 30).
For so many of us with neurological disorders — so many of our symptoms are extremely subtle. Then you think about it — wherever there is a muscle controlled by a nerve and brain that’s dysfunctional, what do you get? Unreliable functions.
Just for me, with Multiple Sclerosis, that includes eyesight, bladder, bowel, executive functions, balance, vertigo, heat sensitivity, muscle cramp, pain, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Everyone is so different, and I feel so fortunate because, my M.S. seems to now be somewhat predictable and I can still kinda work on trails, ride horses and most of the time look “normal.” Don’t ask me how I feel, or I’m liable to tell the truth.
My last major relapse, which put me in the hospital, was a drop to the sidewalk at the Senior Center in Auburn. With the intense pain and immobility, I thought I had broken my hip. The next day, after X-rays, and a single infusion of heavy steroids, to tame the M.S. inflammation, I was completely “normal” again. It was only M.S.
Service animals play such a key role, as well, in so many ways, both physically and psychologically. Mine is a horse named Daisy. I haven’t taken her to a restaurant yet, but there’s one in Meadow Vista with a tie-up rail.
Rich Walker, Meadow Vista