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More MS news articles for February 2004

Making Life Easier

January 1, 2004
Shelley Peterman Schwarz
Real Living with Multiple Sclerosis

A Picture Is Worth...

Dear Readers,

I haven't had a drivers license for many years, which now poses a problem when my husband Dave and I travel on domestic flights. With heightened airport security, passengers must present photo identification (ID), such as a drivers license, so that airport personnel can verify that you're the designated ticket holder. I solved this problem by turning in my expired drivers license to the Department of Motor Vehicles in exchange for a photo ID. There was a small service charge, but it was well worth it.

If you don't have an expired driver's license, you'll need a certified copy of your birth certificate or a passport and a copy of your signature on a document like a contract or tax return. Specific state requirements may differ.

-Shelley help@

Fifty Cents, Please

If you need to pay highway tolls but can't distinguish the coins in your hands as you approach the tollbooth, place the correct toll amounts in small paper cups prior to your commute. Stack the cups and place them in the cup holder in your car.


Trial Run

If a new magazine or newsletter sounds interesting but you're not sure if you want to subscribe, call or write the company to request a sample issue. Most publishers are happy to provide you with a complimentary copy.

-Betty A.

I Can see Clearly Now

If your child or grandchild hates to get his or her hair washed, have the child wear a pair of swimming goggles. It makes the experience more fun for the child and less difficult for you.


Minor Adjustment

If you're in the hospital and the commode isn't at a comfortable height for you, ask that a portable adjustable commode device be put on the toilet during your stay.


At Your Fingertips

To eliminate bending down and reaching into the back of a cabinet to locate items, purchase a plastic bin or basket to use as a slide-out shelf.


Feet Don't Fail Me Now

For years I've been bothered by painful, swollen feet. One day a friend told me about Medi Compression socks. They're similar to the white antiembolism socks patients often wear in the hospital, but the Medi socks have a stronger compression-meaning they fit the leg and foot tighter. I needed a prescription from my physician to have my insurance cover the cost of the socks, which is approximately $60 per pair.

To don the socks requires some strength and practice. I wasn't strong enough to get the socks on myself, so my husband had to help me. We still can't believe the difference the socks made! I've been wearing the socks for more than a year and my feet, even at the end of the day, don't hurt, are normal size, and I have ankles again. Because the socks come in navy, black, and flesh tones, it's easy to wear them with your everyday street clothes.

If painful, swollen feet bother you or someone you know, see your physician and ask if these socks could help bring you relief.


Brushing Made Fun

To get grandchildren to brush their teeth long enough, keep a 3-minute egg timer in the bathroom. Turn the timer over and explain that they should brush until all the sand is in the bottom of the hourglass.

-H. Hunter

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