Sometimes MS is Yucky

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All men in it are those who helped restore power to the affected areas. Proceeds could go to hurricane relief. Coast Electric Power Association replied saying they were "already working on it," so we'll have to stay tuned. Sounds like we may be buying Christmas gifts from our local power association this year! All rights reserved. Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop? Yes please Not now. Actions Facebook Tweet Email. MS linemen gain social fame after working in FL floodwaters. Of course, if you are around people you are going to be exposed to germs, so other than becoming a recluse, here are some suggestions from the CDC : Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. I don't think I have ever taken the flu vaccine. However, I am thinking about it this year. I really don't like to be sick in general and a fever tends to affect my walking ability these days. You can read it here. So shot, not mist, got it?

What's one more shot in the grand scheme of things, right? Yes, that is sarcasm. Have a great day and don't forget to wash your hands! Thursday, October 25, It's all in your head Yes, yes! I have ordered and received two shirts that are made with a relatively new material that activates a cooling sensation when moistened. I am super excited to try them! In the meantime however I have discovered a wonderful little "evaporation towel" called Chilly Pad by Frogg Toggs. It is pretty terrific and as a matter of fact I am using one right this minute! Today we are attending a soccer event.

I didn't wear one of my new cooling shirts because this one is at an indoor facility. As an afterthought though, I did grab my new Chilly Pad as we walked out the door this morning. I am so glad that I did! As the day has worn on and the hot Texas sun has beat down on this place it has warmed up inside. I have my Chilly Pad draped across the back of my chair and it is perfect for keeping me cool while watching the kids work on their skills!

I discovered my exciting new find based on a tip from a new acquaintance I met at a recent MS program hosted by Shared Solutions. She had one and passed it around for all to feel. She uses hers draped across the back of her wheelchair to help her keep cool. I found mine at Wal-Mart in the hunting section. I couldn't find it on my own but when I asked the young lady working in the department, she took me right to them. They are also available online on a number of sites or.

I definitely recommend them! Thursday, August 16, How am I going to pay all these medical bills? Some practical advice. After the initial shock of a diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis wears off you realize that this is a very expensive disease. If you are lucky you have good insurance and a healthy savings to help with the expenses associated with diagnosis and treatment. If the previous sentence describes you, you can stop reading now You may also be behind on other bills as a result of trying to maintain your medical coverage. If you are still reading you have already probably begun to wonder what to do with the mounting medical bills that are flooding your mailbox.

No, just kidding. The answers are going to vary depending on your situation which can include but likely are not limited to the following:. Over the course of the next few weeks I am going to share tips for each of the above scenarios. If you know of additional ways to help please feel free to add comments or helpful advice as appropriate! I got a notice on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that MS Family Discovery Camp registration would soon be taking place. I am super excited to see some of the folks we met last year and make new friends as well!

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Last year was our first year to go and it was a pretty fun, educational and enlightening experience for our entire family. Yes even the teenagers enjoyed themselves! You can read more about our experience here!

Monday, August 6, Hot Days and Cooling Vests, Tops, Tanks?! What's A Girl To Do?

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The dog days of summer are upon us. I have always been a summertime girl. I like the outdoors, water sports and sunshine; and in the past, yes, even the heat. Now, not so much and August heat in Texas, even in my better days, could prove rough.

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Heat intolerance plagues many of us with Multiple Sclerosis. I was not really sure that I was susceptible to this particular symptom until pretty recently.

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This year when I have ventured out I have noticed the symptoms set in that I have never recognized before. Symptoms that I had however experienced with hot tubs yes, I have avoided those for years — I like the bubbles but leave OFF the heat please! Thankfully these symptoms abate after I am able to cool off and return to a normal temperature!

So my goal now is to figure out how to deal with the heat without having to become a hermit and hide inside during what formerly was my favorite time of the year. One thing I have heard of was wearing a cooling vest to keep your core body temperature down while outside. Now, I am not really a slave to fashion but I am hunting for something a little more feminine that I can walk around downtown on The Square and peruse the windows in the antique stores without feeling like I am going to fall out.

After what seems like hours of searching online I have found the following few options that I am going to give a try.


This one for sure and one of these too only in women's, of course They have special material that produces a cooling effect when moistened aka you sweat in them. I will let you know how they work and if you have any suggestions or have already tried some of them please let me know! When I start to feel "not right", I automatically assume that I am experiencing a relapse or an exacerbation of existing symptoms.

But guess what? Sometimes I have the flu or a cold or low blood sugar, or high blood pressure.