When friends or family ask a person with MS “How are you?” or “How are you doing?” It’s hard to know what to reply. We may look good but there’s often a tsunami going on inside us. No one really wants the details of the tsunami and we really don’t want to give them either. MS can be like frosting on a bad cake, you can’t see what’s on the inside unless you take the time to cut it open. Ouch. So the short answer we give to ‘How are you?’ is a plain vanilla, OK or Fine. After all ‘How are you’ is really just a greeting, not a question. But just to spice things up a bit, the next time someone asks you ‘How are you?’ try one of these reply’s:
If I had a tail I’d wag it.
If I was any better, vitamins would be taking me.
Armed and dangerous again.
My lawyer told me I don’t have to answer that question.
My psychiatrist says that I shouldn’t discuss that.
Alright so far but stand by for action.
Fair to partly cloudy with a possibility of thunder.
I will leave that up to your imagination.
Well, I’m still under renovation, check back later.
Well, I think I’m sober now, how ‘bout you?