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Managing Christmas Melancholy

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…

Spinal Tap, 101

In Multiple Sclerosis has a History, I wrote, “I didn’t know lumbar punctures have been used for diagnostic purposes since 1913”. I think that piece…

What? Me, Worry?

Mark Twain said something about cats and hot stoves. “We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in…

Family Finance for Caregivers

As a caregiver, you know your family finances are probably different than those of some of your friends. You have medical expenses most of your…

Falling and Multiple Sclerosis Patients

My wife fell this past week.  When she fell, I was in an airplane between Phoenix and Dallas headed for a connecting flight on my…

How Does One Talk with a Doctor?

Skilled doctors are busy people and tend to be very intelligent. Some of the mystique that surrounds doctors places them above most others on the…

Leg Hours

“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…

Calling Poison Control!

A bad thing happened last night. So I called the National Poison Control number 1-800-222-1222. (There is also an excellent poison control website!) A calm,…

MS Support Groups

Literature exists because people need stories of others. Stories are why communities have libraries. Books of woe caution us. We’re encouraged by tales of people…

Fire Safety for MS Caregivers

We choose to face the future in one of two ways: prepared or unprepared. If you care for someone with a disease, daily needs and…

Friends Are a Blessing

I spent last week in Arizona at a leadership conference. It’s difficult to feel good about going out of town for a week because I…

Wheelchair Shopping

Shopping for a wheelchair is not like buying a new car. I think my wife and I had psyched ourselves up about wheelchair shopping. Personally,…

MS and Personal Finances

If you care for a spouse or other family member with MS you already understand the impact medical expenses can have on your family budget.…

Einstein is a Great Dog

Pets are not for everyone. And if you’re not an “animal person” you should probably avoid getting a pet. Pets require attention because they can…

Daddy, Will I Get MS?

I took a flu shot earlier this week. Afterwards, my youngest daughter and I were talking about influenza, how it spreads and why vaccinations are…