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More MS news articles for June 2004

Making Life Easier

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

Newer Isn't Always Better

Dear Readers,

When we recently experienced a power outage from a storm, I was dismayed to learn that none of our phones worked. I had forgotten that many of the new (cordless) phones require electricity. The only phone that worked was an "old-fashioned" phone we had in the basement. That phone simply plugs into the phone line and does not require electricity. For safety's sake, you may want to keep one of those "old-fashioned" phones handy for those unexpected power outages.

-Shelley at

Avoid Lines by Going Online

Most airlines offer e-tickets, which are electronic confirmation numbers that secure your seat. Travelers do not receive a "paper ticket" but do receive a printed receipt and itinerary. For a person with special needs, the e-ticket may offer a number of advantages:

* You can't lose an e-ticket. Nor will it get "lost in the mail." If you lose a paper ticket, the average replacement fee is $75.

* No ticketing fee. Airlines and online travel agencies that offer e-tickets may charge $20 to $25 to issue you a paper ticket.

* Many major airlines offer additional incentives to passengers who use e-ticketing. Incentives include Web-only fares and additional frequent-flyer miles.

* Many airports now have self-service check-in where e-ticketed passengers can obtain a boarding pass and avoid the line at the ticket counter. And some airlines allow you to print out boarding passes at their Web sites so there is no need to obtain one at the airport. If you'd like to streamline airport check-in and reduce the time spent in line, purchase an e-ticket.

On the day of your flight, take the printed copy of your reservation as proof of your e-ticket, along with your personal photo identification card, a driver's license, photo ID if you don't have a driver's license, or passport.


Comfy Cushioning

Wheelchair users can protect the skin on their elbows and forearms by making detachable armrest covers. At a fabric store, purchase high-density foam, cut it to the correct size and shape, and cover with flannel or fleece. To hold the pads in place on the arms of the wheelchair, sew on snaps or Velcro(TM).

-Doris M.

Meal Move

If you have trouble eating and don't want to soil your clothing, purchase a full-length vinyl apron at a store that sells cooking aids and small kitchen appliances.


Approaching with the Right Angle

If putting on panty hose is difficult for you, try this. Slip your feet and ankles into the stockings, lie down, and elevate your feet at a 45degree angle for 2-3 minutes. Then sit up and pull your hose up.


Necktie/Leg Tie

Recycle an old necktie and use it as a leg-lifter. Tie a loop at one end, slip it on your foot at your arch, and use it to lift your leg when you get into bed.


Worry Warts

If you are treating plantar warts, you must cover them with waterblocking bandages. If you run out of these store-bought bandages, use duct tape. It, too, will prevent moisture from getting to the wart that's being treated.


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