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Hello from Germany

Postby RedSonja » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:17 am

Hello, here is Sally in Germany. I have had MS for 3 years now, I can still walk on 2 legs so I can't complain.
I am a Brit, I live in S. Germany near Lake Constance, I work as a Software Engineer. I have an understanding husband and 2 teenagers, also 3 clarinets and 2 saxophones.
I look forward to interesting topics here...
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Postby TwistedHelix » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:52 am

Hello Sally, and welcome to the group. We Brits get everywhere, don't we? A bit like house dust only more irritating and harder to get rid of, (all right, I admit it – maybe that's just me). Sounds like a very musical household: do you play, and has your MS got in the way of it? I was never taught music officially, but I used to spend a lot of time composing music on a synthesiser connected to a sequencer, and I really miss it.
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Postby RedSonja » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:14 pm

Hi, nice to get a reply. Yes, the Brits are all over the place, fortunately I can pass for German these days, at least until I start talking. (Since I am from Yorkshire, my accent sounds like Dutch, they tell me.)
Music; the only problem I have with MS - the only one that bothers me - is with the clarinet. I play in a local brass band, and when it gets tricky my left hand can lose interest. That's why I got the bass clarinet, slower notes. To make up for this it has a sound so deep I cannot describe it without breaking the forum guidelines. I also play in an amateur jazz band, and sing too, ah, the benefit of an old-fashioned English grammar school education.
We are a musical lot, yes, My kids play clarinet and drums. We could make a jazz band. My husband confines his interest to clapping politely and whistling the tunes. So as not to bother the neighbours I insulated a room in the cellar with egg trays, we can be as noisy as we like.
Why did you give up composing? Is MS a nuisance?

I found this site via my sister - hi Sue - who is also MS-bothered. I wanted to find a new forum because Igeli in Switzerland closed.
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Postby TwistedHelix » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:22 am

I'm not sure if " nuisance" is how I'd describe my MS symptoms… Let's just say that if my MS is a nuisance, then Adolf Hitler was just a little bit naughty, :wink:
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Postby RedSonja » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:43 am

Sorry to hear that. I almost feel guilty when I look at the MS-websites, because most of the time I am fine.
Two years ago I spent some time in hospital being investigated for cancer (negative, I am glad to say), and in this time I got to know people who were very ill indeed or dying painfully of cancer. Since then my definition of nuisance has changed a bit. And then I have this English thing about understatement.

I was dx with MS while doing my motorboke driving licence at 48 years old. I passed the test by sheer doggedness, but decided a motorbike is not for me, because my left foot doesn't always work. So I got a 125 cc scooter (is it called that in the US?) which has an automatic gearbox. Driving to work is fun again. But people with "real" motorbikes laugh at me. Sigh.
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