No wait, this is stupid!


If you get strep throat (which I just did), you go to a doctor and get antibiotics. Right? This is how you fix strep throat.

If you break a bone, you get a cast.

If you trip and fall, you pick yourself back up and if you cut open your finger, you put a band-aid on it.

We seem to have very standard ways of dealing with a lot of problems that can happen to our bodies. If any of the above things happened to me and I didn’t follow the courses of action that I outlined, you would wonder why, right?

If I got strep throat but told you that I wasn’t really convinced that antibiotics would help it, you might be a little confused.

For some reason, people seem to think that this isn’t how it should be for some diseases. For instance, we’re supposed to be chill with the fact that Ann Romney, along with many other MS patients, has chosen to not take any medication.

What? Apparently the PC thing to do about that is to not say anything. We can’t comment because it’s her choice and we can’t laugh at her stupid horse therapy (“hippotherapy,” whatever) and we can’t make value judgments because apparently she has made her own logical choice.

I’m really tired of this.

She’s being irresponsible. She’s opening herself up to the possibility of being literally struck down with an MS relapse at any time which could put her in a wheelchair or cause full-body paralysis or cause her to become incontinent or cause blurred vision or nausea or vertigo or… the list is pretty damn long.

When I’m relapsing, my vertigo is too strong for me to walk. I can’t eat anything without throwing it back up. I can’t take a shower without collapsing on the bathroom floor. I go to the ER and they give me one drug after another until I’m too exhausted for them to do anything else and then they send me home. My (wonderful) friends and family drop everything to take care of me. When I’m relapsing, what I want is to just sleep through it. Since I’m a responsible person, I’m on a drug (Copaxone) which reduces my relapses by 30%. I have an illness/disease/condition/new-best-friend-for-life/whatever you want to call it, and I treat it. Because that is the logical thing to do.

Aside from all the other crap that Mitt Romney does (see my last post for some details), do we really want a president whose wife is a ticking time bomb? At any moment, she could relapse, and all his attention would have to be on her. As it should be, since they’re married. But all his attention wouldn’t be on her because he loves her or because she has MS, it would be because she’s irresponsible, and she’s put herself in a precarious position. I have no respect for that. And neither should you.

One thought on “No wait, this is stupid!

  1. I think you may be too harsh in your assessment of Ann Romney’s choices with regards to her MS. First, no matter how Mrs. Romney frames it, Hippotherapy is not disease modifying in any way; it is merely a form of physical therapy, and should be great for strengthening her core muscles and balance, but that is all.

    Copaxone, which I also take, will not necessarily make me, or you, have fewer relapses, but that is our hope. That we are among those who take it who do have 30% fewer relapses. I think that if Mrs. Romney is stable, and chooses to not take any of the drugs available to her, it is not an unreasonable choice. These drugs are powerful, and they do ‘something’ to our immune system. I don’t think it is known exactly what that something is.

    As for a ‘first lady’ Mrs. Romney having a relapse… well, I don’t think our government will stop functioning if that should happen. Certainly not any more than it might if, simply, we have Mitt Romney as President. (we’re in agreement on that point. How Mrs. Romney chooses to treat her MS is really HER business, and none of us should second guess her choices.

    Best to you.

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