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My Computer’s Showing Signs of MS

By Trevis Gleason

I’ve had a bit of a rough go with my multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past couple of weeks. My cognition has needed more energy to keep me thinking relatively straight. Houseguests have been a joy, but extra people always mean extra work. I am only two-thirds of the way through the events on a very busy schedule … and my computer is acting up.

And it’s not just my computer that’s having issues: With the extra users splitting my Internet service, everyone who has a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other seems to be experiencing “symptoms” with their devices in my house.

Systems Crash, Error Messages Flash
I get messages that my Web browsers are “not responding.” I type away, only to see that the cursor on my screen has stopped flashing and is two sentences behind my less-than-speedy fingers. Systems crash, error messages flash, and windows open and close by the power of some short-circuiting artificial intelligence.

It’s like our technology has multiple sclerosis.

Though I am not immune to the frustrations of malfunctioning technology, its parallel to my own system shortcomings seems to have left me more tolerant than the rest of my household.

I wait for my screen to catch up with my typing like I’ve learned to wait for my left foot to catch up to my right. I hit the “save” function on my work with the same frequency with which I jot myself notes, rather than trusting my brain’s “auto-save” function. I pick up a Ticonderoga #2 lead pencil and a legal pad and slowly convey my thoughts to paper the same way I lean on a forearm crutch or my walker to get from point A to point B at a slow but steady pace (or sometimes just to point A½ when B is simply more than the disease will allow).

It Just Seems to Be Something Out of Our Control
Perhaps the hard-fought “oh well” factor I’ve adopted over the years is what has served me best, while others bemoan aloud the instability of our cyber white matter.

I’ve run the recommended diagnostics. I’ve debugged, defragged, and reconfigured. We’ve re-booted, re-set, and all of the other “re-s,” and it just seems to be something out of our control.

I know and live with this experience differently from the rest of my household. I guess it’s just one of those lessons that MS didn’t teach me, but that I’ve learned while having the disease.

Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by EVERYDAYHEALTH
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