I’ve decided I’m reverting back to my default answers of “fine” and “okay” when asked a general question about how I’m doing. General question = general answer. I figure if you really want to know more details you’ll be specific and ask a specific question – asking how is the MS going is not a specific question and you can assume not well in fact it is just gradients of not well. Plus you ask me that question you’ll probably get a frown as I answer “fine”. Some examples of good, specific questions:
- How is symptom x going?
- What do you think of symptom X?
- What does symptom X feel like?
- Is treatment X helping?
- Any recent site reactions?
- You can ask about my feelings but I am very likely not going to answer with anything useful
- If you don’t know about the Blog then: have you had any recent exacerbations? -then continue with the above?
- Why has your wife not killed you from your bad attitude while on steroids? (Acceptable question but if I’m still on steroids prepare to die because I was certainly ticked off before you asked that question/you didn’t make it better/you probably had it coming anyways if you’d ask that kind of question/and I could always plead temporary insanity! 😉
- Where can I send the check so you can have a nice, long vacation in Fiji?
As I was sitting awake late one night I came up with two acronyms for okay and fine:
fine: Find on-lINE (referring to the Blog)
okay: blOg Kontains All Yuckiness (pretty lame but about the best I could do)
I should probably post examples of questions never to ask – but we’ll see. 😉