Barb has lived with multiple sclerosis since she was a teenager when very little information on the devastating disease was available.
Living With Multiple Sclerosis
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has unique challenges. If you have MS you don’t need anyone to tell you about the facts and annoying nuances of the disease, and its effects on your health that you can’t do much about. At times your battle can exceed exhaustion and you grin and bear it most of the time but you must admit that you could use some help on occasion.
Well here’s good news for you. There are some things you can do and adjustments you can make in your life that can dramatically facilitate living with MS. You may be fighting a disease but there’s no need for you to struggle with everything all of the time. Granted complications from MS are inevitable and are certain to pop up from time to time. But why not just minimize or eliminate those problems or frustrations that you can do something about instead of carrying the whole load yourself.
Daily Routine For Success
One of the major changes that you can make in an effort to ease the load on yourself is how you do the things you do in your life. We’re talking about your daily routine, around the house, on the job, when you’re out and about in town shopping, running errands and other daily commitments. Just think about the number of activities you perform from the time you wake up in the morning until the time your head hits the pillow each night to go to sleep. Take some time to consider which activities from that list you could really use a little extra assistance with? Those that give you the most difficulty probably come to mind immediately. Whatever it is that you think you need, there’s a good chance that there’s a product that matches your need.
Gadgets For Disabled
Today the marketplace is flooded with products we call gadgets or gizmos. These products are found in every category and have been invented and manufactured by companies to solve problems. You’ve probably seen your share of gadget and gizmo commercials. Some are very helpful, some even save lives, while others miss the mark altogether. However there are Individuals who also have experienced a variety of problems themselves, and in their own frustration invented products to make living everyday life easier for themselves. You can take advantage of their creative energies. Many of these inventors have first hand insight into your difficulties because they’ve lived it too.
If you discover that you can lessen the effects of, or totally get rid of a problem you are struggling with, by utilizing a gadget, do it. You won’t be able to knock all of your problems out of the picture but with those that you can, you’ll gain more time, energy, less frustration and more control of your daily routine.
Adaptive Mobility Equipment
Do you use a cane, walker, wheelchair,scooter or other type of mobility assisting equipment? Is it up to date? Could you use a new one, or maybe something that weighs less? Are you using one that best suits all of your particular needs? Besides safety features, are there any other features that you need that could enhance your day to day living? It may be of benefit to you to see what new mobility products are available.
What about how you cook and the type of pots, pans, can openers, utensils and other kitchen tools you need to get the job done and maintain safety too. Does the thought of cutting and chopping make you nervous? You can take preventative measures against accidentally cutting yourself from a slipping knife or burning yourself from metal serving or stirring spoons? There are gadgets that can help you open jars, cans and bottles. There are food processors that do nothing but cut and chop or specialized knives with extra grip or even all in one systems that basically chop and cut for you if you can supply the elbow grease strength.
Reach And Grab Tool
Just in case you haven’t heard, there are reaching, grabbing and extender gadgets in the marketplace. Each is basically a reach and grab tool that can assist you when you need to get something off a shelf, out of a closet or just out of reach. No doubt it has saved many backs and prevented not a few falls. They can be of use to you too. Although that's how they're advertised, they're not just for your grandmother or grandfather anymore.
Consider how many times have you inadvertently put something you need just out of reach. If you've just gotten yourself comfortable and remember you need this or that but it’s over there, you can identify with this. Now if it’s in another room a grabbing gadget won’t help much but if it’s just a few feet away, it could save you from getting up if you don’t have to. This gadget can help you preserve your energy.
Daily Living Aids, Products
If you have trouble putting on your clothes, socks, and shoes from time to time or even everyday for whatever reason, you’ll be glad to know that there are daily living aids and products that help with that. Someone invented useful gadgets to help you put them on. Some of the sock gadgets involve putting your socks on a type of frame, then slipping your foot inside the sock.
The shoe gadgets are basically designed to help you finish the job of pulling the shoe up over your heel since sliding one’s foot into the shoe doesn’t seem to cause much difficulty.
And you would think that to have help for buttons and zippers would be too much to ask but you’d be wrong because yes, there are gadgets that can assist with buttoning and zipping your clothes. They work along the same basic idea of inserting the item, in this case the button or zipper into the gadget itself then transferring or pulling the button or zipper to where you need it.
Do you often find yourself exhausted and lack the necessary strength to lift yourself out of the chair you’re sitting in? Lift chairs and recliners have been around for awhile. As we get older that seems to be a common problem. A chair like this could help you too. If you’re thinking that’s not for me, just think about how you’d appreciate the extra help instead of sitting there until you can muster up the get up and go strength.
Not sleeping well can rain on anyone’s day. And if it continues night after night serious health problems can occur. If you suffer from what some call, insomnia sleep; then besides falling asleep at work or in less than optimal locations, your health can suffer immensely. Do you get a good night of rest and sleep most nights? Are you bothered by noises or other distractions that prevent you from sleeping? Simple gadgets like white noise machines similar to those used in babies’ nurseries could be a big help towards helping you to get a good night's sleep.
And don’t forget about your bed. How comfortable is it? There’s new technology showing up in the bed and mattress marketplace too. You can be as comfortable as you want to be. It’s not just firm or soft, lately it’s also temperature controlled and customized for the contour of your body, including all the twists and turns you make throughout the night in your slumber.
By now you should have a pretty good idea about how just one well-chosen gadget or product, especially one that proves itself to be helpful can also improve your quality of life. Once you find those products or gadgets that work for you and incorporate them into your daily routine, you will have saved yourself time, minimized frustration, given yourself a gift of calm, a bit of energy and more control of your daily routine. That’s your goal isn’t it? Now let’s find those useful gadgets and useful tools.
Searching For The Best Gadgets
Of course you’ll instinctively look to Goggle in your initial search for the perfect gadgets and products. It’s a great start. Begin your search with the query, ‘Gadgets for Multiple Sclerosis’. It’ll bring up more than enough results to get you well on your way.
Once you’ve exhausted the Goggle search(which is unlikely),you will have to get more resourceful and hit the streets to unearth the type of gadgets you need. You need to begin thinking like a treasure hunter, realizing that some clues may be in plain sight, such as trade magazines.
Trade Magazine advertisements and the classified ads they carry can yield a goldmine of helpful products if you already know what you’re looking for.
Look for magazines in every place there is a waiting area i.e. Doctor’s offices, mechanic’s shops, beauty parlors, barber shops and hair salons. Also Consider libraries, senior centers and grocery stores. There are also specialty gadget magazines. Just do a Goggle search for ‘gadget magazines’ to find those.
There is a useful gadget or daily living aid product for almost any problem you have or anything that you need to do. You just need to find it. Some come to your mailbox, others you may have to search for like treasure. But when you find the best gadget that you can afford, from among an assortment of excellent products, grab it. It’ll be a treasure to you even if to no one else.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Barb Johnson