Rick on August 11th, 2019

In research titled, “Caregivers: Expectations and Lifestyle Sacrifices“, the results indicate baby boomers expect to make significant financial sacrifices in order to care for loved ones. The report was produced by Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement. The findings will surprise no one who cares for a loved one with multiple sclerosis. We understand […]

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Rick on July 5th, 2014

Capital Public Radio offers a series of stories on family caregivers titled, “Who Cares“. In addition to the stories, CPR provides data on caregivers. The story, “To Have and Have Not”, is especially poignant. Learn more at Who Cares

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Rick on June 1st, 2014

My youngest daughter recently graduated from high school and celebrated her 18th birthday. While I know this means she will soon enter college, spread her strong wings and fly into her own future, I am neither sad nor melancholy about childhood’s end in our family. I am excited for her and the potential for good […]

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Rick on December 16th, 2012

I’m sure this handy online tool has been available for a while, but today I discovered a wonderful medication interaction checker on Drugs.com. Drugs.com offers an Interactions Checker which displays the potential interactions between two or more medications. Or between medications and food. After you agree to the terms of service, you can enter a […]

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I haven’t posted in quite a while. I just read this and it appears to be something new: http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/18/15246299-new-approach-could-treat-ms-other-autoimmune-diseases This looks like early stage research, but it’s an approach that I’ve not read about before.

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Rick on October 22nd, 2011

In the world of psychology, denial is considered a normal human response to information that may be overwhelming. Denial allows a person receiving bad news to take a break. It lets one hold off bad news – like a football player with his arm out to block a tackle. It offers one time to fortify […]

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Rick on October 2nd, 2011

Looking for a way to help advance knowledge about Multiple Sclerosis Caregiving? I know a way. I have just completed an online survey which is sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The survey took me about 20 minutes and was not difficult. Here’s the survey link: www.sirresearch.com/MScaregiver The […]

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Rick on August 11th, 2011

MS costs a lot. If you’re an MS caregiver, you know this to be true. If you’re a casual reader, continue and learn about the predicament that faces Multiple Sclerosis patients and their families. Health care is expensive. Health care is especially expensive in the United States. I don’t know all the reasons why this […]

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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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This is about ALCOHOL PREP PADS. It is NOT a recall of Multiple Sclerosis medications. However, persons using injected medications for Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers must pay attention to this because Triad Group-manufactured alcohol prep pads are used to sterilize injection sites. A News Alert on the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America website (msassociation.org) […]

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It’s an odd thing I sometimes consider. (Trust me, I’m not crazy) – but once or twice a year I wonder, what if the neurologists are wrong? What if my wife doesn’t have Multiple Sclerosis? What if she has something that looks like MS but isn’t as bad? I know it’s wishful thinking. And I […]

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Rick on December 21st, 2010

Driving past a neighbor’s last week I saw him and his wife setting up Christmas decorations in their yard. The lights around the edge of the house had been put in place the week before. These decorations were the large figures that sit on the ground and are lit up at night. Later that evening […]

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Rick on December 21st, 2010

Readers of the Multiple Sclerosis Caregiving blog make comments that can usually be separated into just a few subjects related to caregiving: 1) shock at an MS diagnosis, 2) concern about the future and worry about how difficult caregiving will be, 3) questions about a particular aspect of caregiving, and 4) support for another reader. […]

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Rick on October 10th, 2010

Have you ever listened to a doctor’s advice and thought, “Quack!”? It happens. Perhaps his medical skills were impeccable, but his advice failed to consider you and your non-medical needs. One of my wife’s neurologists pushed her to consider having a third child. “Pregnancy reduces the symptoms of MS,” he stated. “It also results in […]

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Rick on October 6th, 2010

When my daughters were smaller I loved to play with them in our yard. Some of my favorite memories are of them running barefoot through the green grass in their pajamas early on a cool, Spring morning. Running so fast their long hair flowing behind, grinning from ear to ear, their eyes shining with delight, […]

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