Here’s What Our Alternative Valentine’s Day Is Like With MS

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by John Connor |

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Ah, timing.

It was early Saturday afternoon on Feb. 13, and my wife, Jane, had just flushed the toilet for me. The doorbell rang — my flowers had arrived. An early romantic gesture.

On the morning of Valentine’s Day, Jane countered with hers, a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask Scotch whisky, one of my faves. I was in bed, and my bottom had already exploded, resulting in damage that had to be dealt with.

It was my own fault. After a year and a half of delay, I finally started the daily discipline of using my anal catheter. The results have been life-changing. I no longer need to be transferred onto my commode sometime during the day, which requires a family member to hang around.

We are, ahem, relieved!

However, getting the procedure right is important, and it’s easy to misjudge. Unfortunately, this Valentine’s weekend, I misjudged on both days. It wasn’t the weekend I had wanted to write about.

In the U.K., we are in lockdown, so all of our valentine days are the same. Sure, takeout food places did a roaring trade, but Jane decided to cook for our son and me.

She raised her glass and wished us a happy Valentine’s Day, adding that she “loved us both.”

Whisky and flowers make a harmonious Valentine’s Day. (Photo by John Connor)

I really didn’t deserve such an honor, as three days later, I really can’t remember what Jane cooked. I’m not such a fool to ask her. Luckily, long ago she gave up reading my column, except when I’m particularly pleased with it and I read it to her. I won’t be doing that this time.

Possibly a stir fry with noodles?

I really am a bad husband.


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