My family is affected by a genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS for short. The part of my body most affected has always been my hips, knees, and feet. When I was younger I had flat, wide feet and age has just made them more so. Unfortunately, as they get wider and flatter, they also hurt. I have often told Andrew that I feel like the little mermaid from the original story, not the Disney version. One day as I was surfing blogs by other people that have EDS I came across an entry where another woman talked about feeling like the little mermaid, and dreading getting out of bed in the morning because it would hurt. I showed the entry to Andrew and this is the conversation that ensued.
Me: See, this woman feels the same way as me. Walking on knives, just like the little mermaid.
Andrew: You don’t hurt as much in water either. Didn’t you say it doesn’t hurt as much when we go to the pool?
Me:. Yes, the water makes me hurt less. Supports my weight more I guess.
Andrew. You know, I don’t think what you have is Ehlers-Danlos at all.
Me: Oh really??? What is it then?
Andrew: You actually have Adaptive Mermaid Syndrome. Your family must have once been mermaids. Now that you are on land your body has trouble adapting.
Me: So, I am actually a mermaid then?
Andrew: Yep, and you have AMS, not EDS.
So there you have it. Once upon a time my family lived in the ocean as mermaids. Apparently I need to get back to my roots…