Saturday, March 15, 2008

Caregiving: A DAY IN THE LIFE / MS Awareness Spouse Caregiver

A DAY IN THE LIFE - March is MS Awareness Month


50+ degrees and sunny is one thing when you are a walking person. It is quite another when Multiple Sclerosis has left you unable to walk. 


Fortunately there is Home Depot!!! Scootering through a store the size of a city block with both indoor and an outdoor garden section is ideal. With aisles big enough for their fork lifts, they are perfect for Patti’s visual impairment. Plus Home Depot has cool scooters with beeping sounds in reverse and happening orange lights. <grin>


In another part of town, MS Awareness ‘must’ be working …


Mechanicsburg woman stole multiple sclerosis money, police say


“A video camera caught a Mechanicsburg woman stealing money intended for charity last week, according to Silver Spring Township police.


The money was part of a fund raiser Giant Foods was conducting for multiple sclerosis”


After dinner I was reading Patti stories from the local paper and then a headline from the “MS Connection” entitled “What Will You Do? Join the movement during MS Awareness Week” … Patti interrupted, “Who the hell cares, I don’t even like ABC!” “I just want to go to bed.”


Personally I do not have the foggiest idea how ABC is associated with the headline but with fatigue Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis symptoms of cognitive impairment accelerate.


A little creative use of available resources can empower though transferring does take brute strength. ... Theft of charity may be a better indicator of economic times than government economists. ... Time whether preparing and serving a meal or just reading to someone who cannot is caring. ... Fatigue is the trump card.


All in all a couple hours in a day in the life of MS Awareness and spouse caregiving.


Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer

non-caregiver musings:


  1. Patti looks like she's having fun; I would imagine Home Depot would be a great place to scooter around in; lots of fun things to see.

    I fear you are right with the lady stealing the MS money; signs of the times, I fear especially with gas nearing $4.00 a gallon


  2. Our economy certainly is changing these days. With the prices at the gro store increasing as quickly as the price of gas, soon the most fundamental element (besides water), is beoming harder to get for those who are not as fortunate.

    Home Depot seems to be the cool place to hang out. I like their 'rides'.... <grin>

    Have a good one,

  3. how sad they have to steal from charity:( have a good weekend



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