Multiple Sclerosis Has Made Me a One-Armed Man
In my early days in the U.S. Coast Guard, I learned to carry things in my left hand. It’s important to have your right hand free to salute when you’re in the military, you see.
For years now, with multiple sclerosis (MS) doing its deeds to my left side, I’ve had to fill that right hand with a cane to aid my walking.
As I get on with my daily living, I’ve found that this constant handful of walking stick has effectively rendered me one-armed if I want to get anywhere.
Now of course, literally I have two arms and two hands. But it’s a bit of a pain that the hand occupied with my walking is the stronger of the two. Using both hands while walking or standing for any period of time has become impossible.
Now that spasticity has begun to take even more control from my left hand and arm, I’m able to do less with them than I was previously. That my “good” hand must be used to keep me standing and walking seems to be adding insult to the injury of MS.