Happy Birthday Irish7! Not having seen any posts by you since I joined the forum in March of this year, I read all your posts so I'd know who I was wishing a Happy B'day.
So you don't have ALS but spinocerebellar ataxia (whatever the hay that is!). But you have a longer time frame than most.
Sounds like you've had quite a few tumbles and know what black and blue is all about among other things.
But through it all, I see you have a great sense of humor and that is the most important thing of all. You'll make it through anything if you can hold onto that.
I play Irish trad on my fiddle and will play a few tunes in honor of your B'day this evening.
All the best to you, your wife, and your sons.
I hope you'll post again and let us know how you are. My husband is the PALS in my life with bulbar-onset. He's declining fast; just diagnosed in April.
Peace and all good wishes on your birthday and always.