Wednesday, December 29, 2010
wheelchair smoker’s apron
Multiple Sclerosis is a thief. Stealing abilities crushes choices. Whether good, bad, or indifferent – choices are part of quality of life.
I am not a big fan of jackbooted caregiving so I try to find safe paths even when a choice may not be the best.
Smoking is just such a potentially hazardous choice. Beyond the health risks of smoking, there is the clear and present danger from progression of Multiple Sclerosis physical and cognitive symptoms that Patti may drop a lit cigarette or hot ash on herself.
Enter discovery of the smoker’s apron, constructed of flame retardant fabric much like fibers used in fire fighter’s suits.
While certainly not a substitute for supervision it does improve safety and I do not have to actually sit there and stare at her while she smokes. Win-win scenarios no matter how small or strange are rare in caregiving.
Speaking of thieves, MS is not the only thief out there. Some medical equipment and homecare supply companies sell the identical product, brand, and model for as much as 3X what you can purchase it for through on-line retailers such as amazon.com
When MS has stolen so much from Patti, if she wants a ‘ciggie’ now and then so be it; if having a ‘ciggie’ can be made safer then even better.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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