They apparently come to this conclusion because I can still walk - more of a shuffle, really, hanging on to furniture and bumping off walls, but walk - whereas other people with MS they look after can't. There are four possible replies I can think of to this, when I cool down enough:
- When did you finish your medical training then?
- When someone has "mild" MS, you wouldn't know by looking at them that they have it.
- If I had "mild" MS, I wouldn't have a care package paid for by Social Services. Paying your wages, m'dear.
- The symptoms of MS aren't just about mobility. Everyone with MS has a different collection of symptoms, progressing at different rates.
Don't you think it would be useful if home careworkers got at least some training about the conditions they're likely to come across in their work? MS is the most common acquired neurological disability in young adults, after all - it's hardly unheard of. I forgot to tell her that stress makes MS worse, but it does!