When I hadn’t yet been diagnosed, I did a lot of cross country skiing. However, I started falling a lot for no apparent reason. All those sitzmarks were one of the first indications that something was wrong
Aposiopesis refers to a sudden breaking off in the middle of a sentence. I guess I forgot what I was going to say…This is so indicative of so many of us with Ataxia. I just never knew there was a word for it! All day long yesterday I would tell myself that that I was going to write this post, sit at the computer and then promptly forget what I was going to write about. 😃
Presenteeism is the practice of coming to work despite illness or injury. This seems to often be the case for those of us with Ataxia. We can’t just “sit home” and wallow in self pity.
It is also working at a job without obligation, like volunteering. This reminds me of two articles I once wrote about my volunteer work:
Today’s word made me laugh. Kerflooey is an adverb meaning to cease functioning, completely and fall apart or fail.
Well isn’t that just the perfect way to describe many of my motor functions? Yes, my legs don’t respond the way I expect anymore. In high school I ran track but now, well, they’ve just gone kerflooey.
Reify means to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: in other words provide proof.
My disability is not obvious if I am not attempting to walk. Therefore, I feel that I need to prove that I need to park in a handicap spot. I know that I am wrong doing this but I always do. It started when an older man angrily accused me of taking my grandmother’s placard when I “stole” HIS parking spot.
A bellwether is a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend. It originally referred to a male sheep (also known as a wether) that led the flock, usually bearing a bell.
Ahhh….. My Ataxia definitely gives me predictors of how my Ataxia symptoms will affect me. When I get up from a seated position, I can Immediately tell if I’m going to need to grab hold of one of my strategically placed handrails. Of course I can always depend on my Denim!
This refers to walking or traveling about.
Certainly, this is not easy with Ataxia. However, we all need to find a way to get around. I know that in my case, Denim definitely helps me.
Inveigle means to entice or lure.
If you feel like you’d like to give that a shot, you feel lured, I say go for it!
In my last post I mentioned Denim taking me up a steep hill to see what was on the other side. If you’re curious about what’s “on the other side”, then do what you need to, to “climb that hill”.
There is so much of what I saw on my trip to Bryce Canyon National Park that I would have missed if I had given in to my Ataxia and not answered the “lure of the mountain”.