Tips & Tricks (part 2)

Okay, so I really couldn’t cover everything that I use to make life easier with my MS in one blog post, without making it a short novel. So I decided to break it up in to parts.

If you haven’t read the original “Tips & Tricks” blog post, click here.

Now, in the last tips and tricks article, I talked about daily chores pretty much (cleaning, cooking, etc.) So now I’m going to touch base on things that help me with certain objectives/situations that I cannot handle ‘normally’ due to MS.

So, mobility is a BIG issue with some of us. I know I’m not using an assistive device everyday…. But I have used them in the past and sometimes still need them. For instance, wheelchair, walker, cane, etc.)

So, for starters, let me just say that I’m not a ‘graceful’ person. I have broken many bones from being a klutz when I was in grade school. I can’t even give you a number off the top of my head on how many bones I’ve broken or casts I’ve been in. So needless to say, I take some certain precautions’, especially in the shower.

Things I have found to help me are, a shower chair for one. Now I don’t use that everyday, however, I do use it when I’m feeling weak or off balance. Better safe than sorry, right? You can get these at Walgreens/CVS or your local pharmacy most likely, but you can also look on the wonderful Internet too.

Now, I also find it very beneficial to have a ‘handle’ in the shower. It’s just one of those suction cup handles that locks in, so no professional installation is needed, but it does help me transfer safely from getting in and out of the shower.  I have also used those sticky/grip things you put in the bottom of the tub. That way it’s not completely slick, and it gives you more traction, less chance of falling.

Now a big thing we obviously use, is the computer. In the past, due to my spasticity in my hands, I couldn’t type very well. Being a blogger and doing work with my online support group, MSWorld, that was very difficult. So, I found Dragon Dictation. It’s basically a talk to text application for the computer. You tell it what to type, and it does it for you. Now, it’s not going to type and punctuate everything perfectly, but it is a very big help when you need it.

If you want to know more information about assistive devices, with some financial assistance if needed, check our MSAA’s Equipment Distribution Program.

I also have problems buttoning things at times, when I’m having a lot of spasticity in my hands, there are products out there to help with that! I’m looking into ordering some now that I found a site with the information. Check out AbleData. For a full list of AbleData’s products, click here.

Now, I do use a cane that I got from Walmart… but I really want something that is fashionable (I’m a woman after all) so I’ve been searching for canes that are unique and I came across Fashionable Canes, they have  a section for men as well guys! I really want a pink camo cane, but I can’t find out so far!

MSF also has an Assistive Device Program; similar to MSAA’s listed above. You can check out there by clicking here.

Now, for those of you who like to get on your laptop while lounging on the couch or in bed, I bought this “bed tray” that I love on Amazon. Click here to check it out.

Now this is something that I have a big problem with… remembering to take my meds. So, I’ve set up alarms on my phone to remember to take them. But recently, I seem to acknowledge the alarm on my phone and ‘plan’ to get up and take them, then I forget. So I’ve been searching the Internet for like a pill box that has some sort of alarm. Here is a search result I got on Amazon for “Pill Alarm”. I figured I would share all of what I found in the search box, because I know we all take a different amount of medications, so not ONE product would work for all.

There are so many things out there to help make our lives easier when MS tries to hold us back from how we would ‘normally’ do things. I hope the resources I’ve listed help you out. You can always discuss things with your doctor to see if he/she has any insight on things that can help you with your certain need. You can also contact your Local MS Chapter with the National MS Society by clicking here.

Now one more thing, and it’s really not a assistive device, but it’s something I got for the just in case moments in life. I got a medical ID dog tag – with a matching charm. They have so many things available that you can get to have some form of Medical ID in case of an emergency. My husband is a firefighter, so this is one of the first things I got after being diagnosed, after he advised me is would be a good idea. You can see all the options at American Medical ID.

Almost all of these resources I’ve listed are posted in MSWorld’s Resource Center.

Hope this helps! And if you have any resources that you’ve used or know of that can help all of us live easier with MS, please comment about it!

Visit Part 1 of Ashley's Tips & Tricks.

(Stay tuned... I'm doing a little research on apps that can help out with us MS'ers)


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