Is It My MS Or My Banana Brain?

Gabriella Mammone
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Gabriella Mammone

Every now and then, I have moments of confusion—and I always wonder if they are a result of my multiple sclerosis or the natural carelessness I like to call my “banana brain”.

One morning, I was driving to work after a long night of tingles and itching in my leg. My lack of sleep caused very prominent dark circles under my eyes. While driving, I grabbed a tube of concealer and quickly applied it. When I arrived, I looked in my rearview mirror, only to see that I put lipstick under my eyes! I was mortified—but was it my MS or just my banana brain?

I remember a time where my son hardly ate his cereal breakfast. I meant to say, “Have another spoonful.” Instead, without realizing, I said, “Have another foonspul.” My son laughed and I had no idea why. He corrected me saying, “Mommy, I don’t want another FOONSPUL.” MS or just banana brain?

I’m sure we’ve all experienced a fall in our journey with MS. Well, I was getting ready for work one morning, and as I was exiting the bathroom, I tripped. For some bizarre reason, I broke my fall by bringing the door towards me, slamming it on my toe. That fall resulted in a fractured baby toe. MS or just banana brain?

I hate to blame more on my MS than I need to, but I wonder if my acts of confusion are a multiple sclerosis symptom, just like my tingling, numbness, cognitive issues and imbalance. Either that, or I just need to embrace my banana brain!

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