Keep Thinking. Because you have a lot of myelin in your brain, it is often the organ to be most affected by the M S. Fortunately, because there are so many neural connections, and because the brain is amazingly plastic and adaptable, it is also not always apparent to you that anything is happening in it.
Probably the only thing you’ll notice is the fatigue that makes thinking such hard work when you’re tired. After a while you’ll get used to your own fatigue patterns, and you’ll know when not to use complicated heavy machinery like a washing machine, and when and whether to go to parties.
But, just as with other muscles, you’ve got to exercise your brain. The old adage of “use it or lose it” applies here too.
Do what you can and what you enjoy. Read a lot – it’s one way of going to places and doing things you can’t physically do. Avoid mind-numbing things like daytime television, getting drunk (you’ll be falling over, anyway), and narcotics.
Even in bed, you can play games and do puzzles and crosswords. Write a blog (!), or decide to take politics and voting seriously. Leave a comment on this post and get involved with a new group of people who want to talk about more than what they had for breakfast, or post more interesting things than videos of cats you don’t know.
Learn nmew skills, to replace those you lose. I set myself a new challenge each year. For example, I set about becoming computer literate one year, and that has become an ongoing experience. Another year, I decided to learn Greek, and that has opened up new experiences and places. I learned to make and edit videos (they are on Youtube under Steve Hobson 1) even though I was blind (it makes it more of a challenge!), and so on.
There is so much out there to think about and learn, and this advice will help us all to stave off the dementia that is grinning at us in the, near or far, future.