Thursday morning I traveled into Washington DC by riding the metro. It was a surprisingly easy trip really. However there was one minor bump right at the beginning of the trip.
One thing I know is that it would be very difficult for me to stand on the metro train while it is in motion. Although I've been doing pretty well lately without too much difficulty with my legs, my balance is impaired. I'm not able to respond too quick changes in movements.
The folks in front of me raced for the open seats, leaving none available for several of us who were a bit slower getting on. My mother boldly asked one gentleman, "excuse me, do you mind if my daughter sits there; she has MS." He begrudgedly got up and she pointed me to the seat.
So sweet, my mother clearing the way for me - the person who looks completely normal - to sit down while she stands and holds onto the bars. Nobody turned around and offered her a seat.
After getting off at Metro Center, I had to walk about three blocks to the Willard InterContinental Hotel for the conference I was attending. It wasn't too difficult, but I was definitely ready to sit when I got there.
At the end of the day, I reversed the process but this time got lucky to find a seat on the metro and didn't have to ask anybody to get up for me. After arriving back home, I rested a bit and fell asleep on the couch for 2-3 hours. When I tried to get up, my legs were both weak and tight with spasticity. It was difficult to move around the house.
On Friday I ended up sleeping most of the day away. My body was just completely beat. I had no strength in me and was fortunately able to close my eyes as necessary throughout the day. I can't imagine going through the same process every day. I couldn't do it.
This was just a good reminder that although I'm doing really well, I'm not completely well. But no matter what, I'm so glad to be able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. I'm fortunate indeed.