Kicking MS to the Curb steps out of the box of multiple sclerosis with determination and humor. The MS journey brings challenges and concerns, stumbles and successes, triumphs and trouncings. We celebrate races run and battles won. And we stumble, reel and rise to try again.
Throughout, the orange thread traces our dogged determination to continue placing one foot in front of the other for as long as possible - until we win, until healing comes, or until the medical miracle is found.
Living with M.S.
"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become. Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)
MS tips: Skip shower bottle MixupS
Hot showers and baths may feel good at first, but these
steamy spots can become troublesome for folks with multiple sclerosis.
MSers know about Uhthoff’s Syndrome. MS symptoms tend to
flare up when an MSer’s body temperature goes up.
Balance issues, blurry vision, dizziness, numbness,
tingling, and a host of others challenges tend to come up in the shower or tub. At the
same time, most folks don’t wear contact lenses or eyeglasses to bathe.
So eyesight is a
particular issue - putting MSers into hot water in more ways than one.
True confessions time: Have you ever tried to shampoo with
conditioner or condition your hair with shampoo? And where does liquid bodywash play into this scenario?
It can be difficult to tell which bottle is which.
Sure, clear product bottles reveal whether their contents
look like tinted shampoo or milky conditioner. But lots of manufacturers make
these pairs of products match.
Here’s a little
MS coping trick.
Whenever I purchase shampoo or conditioner, I mark each
bottle with a big “S” or “C,” using a solid dark permanent marker. That makes
the choice much clearer in the shower.