Multiple Sclerosis

Rick on February 13th, 2011

It happens when my wife completes a patient information form in a new doctor’s office or a dentist’s office. When she sees the question, “Please list any medications you currently take”, I wait for the pause, the sheepish grin, and the inevitable question, “What’s the name of my memory medicine?” It quickly became a family […]

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Rick on June 16th, 2010

The title gives it away, but with which medical professional is a Multiple Sclerosis patient likely to have the most contact? In my experience, it has been her pharmacist. Most medications are refilled monthly. Between quarterly or annual visits to the neurologist, I believe most concerns about Multiple Sclerosis are related to medications. And in […]

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PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). All of the articles have been peer reviewed and published in professional journals. PubMed Central […]

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Rick on April 10th, 2009

During the last weeks my wife’s legs have troubled her. She quit driving a few days ago. Walking is difficult. I watched her in the kitchen from my chair in the living room as she literally had to think to slowly put one foot in front of the other to walk across the kitchen. (I […]

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Rick on November 26th, 2008

You may remember a teacher saying “you must use authoritative sources” when writing a research paper for class. What your teacher meant was to use sources written by people with academic or professional credentials. For example, if you were to write a paper on growing roses, your neighbor with a green thumb and beautiful New […]

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A recent article on PhysOrg.com reports on animal studies by scientists at the University of Michigan which suggest people who experience the same clinical signs of MS may have different forms of the disease requireing different kinds of treatments.

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Rick on June 8th, 2008

My wife made a comment last week that I’ve thought about a lot since she said it. It was said in passing in the middle of a conversation that I cannot remember (apparently, my wife’s not the only person in our family with poor memory). In this case, though, I think I fail to remember […]

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Rick on April 4th, 2008

As a caregiver, if you wonder when or whether your caregiving might be “too” caregiving, there’s a simple way to find out. Ask the person for whom you care if you’re doing too much.

And remember, what you’re needed for today may not be what you’re needed for tomorrow. The symptoms caused by Multiple Sclerosis vary over time. You may need to do the grocery shopping for several months in a row and then be surprised when you’re told, “I’ll do the shopping today.”

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Rick on March 20th, 2008

“I need more Leg Hours in a day!” You’ve heard the term “man hours” before.  I heard my wife use a new term today.  It’s “leg hours”. “Leg Hours” are the number of hours in a day that my wife’s legs work well enough for her that she feels stable and productive.  The number of […]

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