A New Look

I saw my neurologist the other day after physical therapy.  He glanced at my baggy, slightly torn jeans and asked pointedly, “What kind of look is this?  Are you a hippie or something?”  I chose not to dignify the question, though I do enjoy provoking him.  The doc does not know the real me.  I will share a well kept secret.  I am a fashion forward kind of guy.  Not everyone will buy that.  Meredith will scoff.  But I suspect I will make the cover of Women’s Wear Daily or more appropriately, Gentleman’s Quarterly soon.  Actually, a colleague once suggested that Emmett Kelly was my tailor.

And now the final touch, the stuff of runway raves.  My pulmonologist prescribed compression socks to deal with leg veins weakened by the blood clot.  Compression socks, they are called.  Or maybe stockings.  I don’t know.  Then he gave me a prescription.  A prescription?  For fashionable footwear?    Damn.  I have been buying natty socks for years.  No one ever asked for script.  Whatever.  These new socks will go nicely with my bowling shoes.  This colorful legwear makes me want to play shuffleboard with the other octogenarians in the neighborhood.

Yes.  I understand how functional these tight socks are.  No letters from doctors, please.  I just like that they are colorful.  I am going for black.  By reputation, they are almost impossible to get on.  With a weakened right hand, it will be a challenge.  I hesitate to ask Meredith for help.  She is going to be jealous  of my new look.  I will get those socks on if I have to use pliers and leave them on all the time.

We do what we have to.  We all know that.  Maybe I will wear them over my ears to support better hearing.

15 Responses to A New Look

  1. jeanne June 12, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Are blood clots a result of MS or genetics or just bad luck? I hope you’re feeling better!


    • Richard M. Cohen June 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Clots may be related to MS because of circulation issues. I believe mine was caused by sitting in one position for too long day after day.


  2. Sali Riesterer June 12, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Been wearing compression sock for about 20 years now. They are a struggle to get on, but I call that my “exercise” for the day. I wear them with my Birk sandals. Looks kinda strange, but ya gotta do…. Hang in there.

    • Richard M. Cohen June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Got it.


  3. Steph June 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I have to wear compression socks also for swelling and discoloration related to the nerve damage. They make gloves you can use to put them on to make it easier. They also make an alternative compression garment that velcros on over a sock – very easy to put on.

    • Richard M. Cohen June 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      How am I going to get the gloves on?

  4. Amy Corcoran-Hunt June 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    My bright white compression sox look like the bomb, man. I’m 51, but can rock the shuffleboard look like nobody else. You should see them with my slippers. My right hand is out to lunch, so I do ask the spouse to help me put them on. Special time of day for us, dammit, growl, ouch.

    • Richard M. Cohen June 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Sounds romantic to me.


  5. Linda Lazarus June 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Talk about a fashion look, my husband had heart surgery a few months ago and he fell in love with the loose hospital socks. He likes them so much he only wears those socks…the short ones with the white strips to keep patients from slipping on floors. What a pair we are. I need extra wide shoes since my toes cramp so often and he needs socks so loose that they fall over his shoes. Yup. Talk about a fashion look.

    • MB June 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      I have to wear them, too and I only have use of one hand. It doesn’t require assistance, just amazing dexterity. 😉

    • Richard M. Cohen June 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Please don’t send a photo. It might scare me.


  6. Matt June 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I just watched your interview with Matt Laurer and you look great. Your voice sounds stronger and your eyes look more vibrant than ever before. Don’t look now but I think little things starting to change for you. Keep on keepin on!!! Peace

  7. Craig June 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I got the humor when I read this yesterday. Today, I guess I was pretty different… your sense of humor is very strong and a wonderful asset. I keep mine sharp and pointed because it is the best coping mechanism around. If we cannot see humor in all this MS and illness and aging, might as well get on narcotic IV meds in a rest home… until it is all over. To those who ignore life’s humor, as Monty Python said, “I fart in your general direction.” (What comedian can ignore gas/toilet humor?)

    A great weekend to all!

  8. Kerry Elias June 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Hilarious! Just busted out laughing at the dr.’s office:) Love your humor! Sharing this with spouse who is your age, battling progressive secondary ms, …you two sound so much alike. Keep up the funny! He is supposed to wear those socks.

  9. Andrew Sisson July 7, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    I am late catching up on your blog, but I always read all the way back to the last blog I read. Thanks for being a part of my MS journey. This one made me laugh. I just went to a large outdoor concert on July 4th with my knee high support socks and Bermuda shorts and the bemusement that my former hippie college student self from over forty years ago would be shocked. The comment I wanted to add to this dialogue: does anyone else experience a brief, euphoria upon taking them off at the end of the day? It often feels like I should have a metaphorical cigarette after “completing the act.”