AceShowbiz - Christina Applegate is scared to take showers since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). The 51-year-old "Dead to Me" actress announced she was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition last year while she was filming the final series of the hit Netflix show and she's now opened up about how the disorder affects her everyday life - revealing just getting in the shower can be a daunting experience.
"With the disease of MS, it's never a good day. You just have little s***** days. People are like, 'Well, why don't you take more showers?' Well, because getting in the shower is frightening. You can fall, you can slip, your legs can buckle. Especially because I have a glass shower. It's frightening to me to get in there," she told Vanity Fair magazine.
She went on to explain many everyday tasks have become difficult for her - including going up and down the stairs in her home. Christina added, "There are just certain things that people take for granted in their lives that I took for granted."
"Going down the stairs, carrying things - you can't do that anymore. It f****** sucks. I can still drive my car short distances. I can bring up food to my kid. Up, never down ... [It affects my balance] and gravity can just pull you down and take everything down with you."
However, she's found a novel way of keeping safe on the stairs. She added, "So we have this little thing at the top of the stairs that we call 'purgatory.' So if anyone's done with anything upstairs, we put it in purgatory so one of my able friends can bring it downstairs ... "
Christina explained she gets help around the house from a friend who lives with her during the week and helps take care of the actress' 12-year-old daughter Sadie while a caretaker comes in at weekends.
"The Sweetest Thing" star added that she doesn't want to have too many visitors because she finds it too tiring to be around a lot of people. She explained, "It's exhausting. Imagine just being in a crowd of people and how loud that is. It's like 5,000 times louder for anyone who has lesions on their brains."