I'd like some advice, if you have the time

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TintríCroi
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My best friend, my adoptive sister has MS, and I know it's hard for her. This coming summer, we'll be getting an apartment when I complete my CNA certification.
 
I want to make things as easy as I can for her, because she's been there for me when my life has been sheer hell and I love her like she was my blood sister. The only reason I have a family now is because she, and her family, have "adopted" me. If you have any tips, anything you can think of, maybe that has helped you, or that you wish someone HAD done, could you let me know?

uppitycats
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
TintríCroi said...
My best friend, my adoptive sister has MS, and I know it's hard for her. This coming summer, we'll be getting an apartment when I complete my CNA certification.
 
I want to make things as easy as I can for her, because she's been there for me when my life has been sheer hell and I love her like she was my blood sister. The only reason I have a family now is because she, and her family, have "adopted" me. If you have any tips, anything you can think of, maybe that has helped you, or that you wish someone HAD done, could you let me know?
Get an apartment with air conditioning. Keeping cool is often crucial for someone with MS, particularly in the summer (assuming you're in North America).
 
Get an apartment on the first floor..or in a building with an elevator.  Steps can be extremely difficult for lots of folks with MS. If they don't have problems walking, balance is often a key.  Get an apartment that doesn't have steps to get in/out of the front door to the building.
 
Get an apartment that doesn't have thick rugs.  Walking is sometimes difficult, "foot drop" (where one foot doesn't move quite properly) is often a problem, and thick rugs can lead to tripping.
 
Let HER arrange the apartment to suit her needs.  Each of us has different needs, and having someone else..even someone loving and kind..arrange our living space for us can be challenging. (Like, where the bed should be placed; where stuff is in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.)
 
That's all I can think of right now....
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


TintríCroi
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, I'll make sure to keep that in mind!:)

Sweetlydia66
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi TintriCroi,
That is so great that you are being so considerate of your sisters needs. She is a very lucky to have you, that is going to be the biggest help for her. Uppity's suggestions are awesome. The only other thing i can think of would be parking. I know in my case, if i am at work for 8 hours , i am really tired when it's time to go home, so maybe try for off street parking so when she gets home its not a problem finding a parking spot. Good luck w/ everything, just be there for her, that means the world. Your a great sister!
Take care,
Lynn
Dx Dec 06, Rebif, 44 mcgs 3 x wk, Baclofen, Cymbalta


TintríCroi
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   Posted 2/16/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah! Now there was something I hadn't thought about! Thank you! I need to start making a list!

Nicaribbean
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   Posted 2/22/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

what you are doing is so nice! I think you are a great sister! As far as your CNA certification, what is your specialty. I got my certification last year in Nephrology. I am a hemodialysis nurse and have been for many years now. I know it's a long a stressful process but it's worth it. Good luck to you!

Sincerely, Nicaribbean
Nicaribbean


TintríCroi
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   Posted 2/22/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! Well, because of where I'm probably going to be ending up working, I've been focussing on general hospital work and home care. So far I have a few extra certs in nutrition, heart health, and stress management. I have a little training in massage therapy for promoting circulation from working in geriatrics for five years, and I'm planning on working on my RN (Pediatrics) next year from the local community college. *Crosses fingers* We'll see!

Post Edited (TintríCroi) : 2/22/2008 6:28:15 PM (GMT-7)


Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/22/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to contact your power company.  Mine offers a discount for cooling and heating bills because I filled out and submitted some paper work with a doctor's signature that says I have MS. 
 
I really don't have much more to add.  The world needs more people like you.  Good luck and God bless.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


J. Bowers Team PwC
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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
How are you doing? My name is Johnny Bowers. I am a beginner rider but I am taking a huge leap. I am participating in the 2008 MS Bike Ride sponsored by Brighthouse Networks and the National MS Society Mid-Florida Chapter.
 
You are soliciting donations from the very people you claim to be supporting.  Please read the rules to our forum.  You may not ask for money.  Please do not post for donations again.

Post Edited By Moderator (Gretchen1) : 2/25/2008 7:22:21 AM (GMT-7)


TintríCroi
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   Posted 3/15/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
That's definitely something I need to look into, and thank you so much for your help and positive words! I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond before now, but a whole lot of crap came up and I haven't been online.

Motown John
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunday a.m.
 
Dear  TrinTri:
 
Great suggestion about parking.
 
But...do you (or sister) have handicapped parking privledges?
 
First thing to do is go to your State DMV/Secretary of State.
 
 
Great luck.  John yeah

TintríCroi
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   Posted 3/16/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, she does, yeah. And thanks :)
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