2016

How to have a happy Christmas dinner

How to have a happy Christmas dinner

The problem is how to have a happy Christmas dinner. I’m the one who needs to take things gently,. Pogressive MS, this dreadful disease makes me clumsy and inept. I can easily fall over or lose my balance so it is vital that I spread the work over the day. That’s the theory, if only […]

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Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes

Every morning its four sticky FES electrodes. I must put them on my left leg. Two go onto my thigh and two go just below the knee. I started using the FES two years ago in December 2014. I estimate that I have taken the sticky electrodes off about 720 times and put them back […]

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48 weeks so I am almost half way there

48 weeks so I am almost half way there

I started the MS–SMART trial on January 7th 2016 and I take the MS-SMART pill twice a day. Its now 48 weeks so I am almost half way there. This two year trial is looking at 3 different drugs to find out if there is some neuroprotection in any of them. 48 weeks so I […]

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Why multiple sclerosis makes me anxious

Why multiple sclerosis makes me anxious

Multiple sclerosis is a scary disease. It’s progressive and unpredictable.  As it progresses you become less capable of undertaking physical activities. You are very aware of its progress. It is no great surprise that sufferers are apprehensive of what the future holds for them. This uncertainty is often the cause of stress and anxiety. Why […]

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Going away for a short break

Going away for a short break

Going away for a short break used to be so easy. The hardest part was deciding where to go. The wife and I would finally agree on a place. From then on it was a simple process. Throw a few clothes into a suitcase, grab a book, car keys, wallet and the cheque book and […]

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Perching Stool with Arm Rests and Padded Back

Perching Stool with Arm Rests and Padded Back

As my multiple sclerosis progresses so more and more equipment is scattered about the house. At the moment I am the proud owner of two rollators, a mobility scooter, a two-wheeled walker, double banisters on the stairs and a wet room. OK I share the wet room with The Wife but it is a necessity […]

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WorldvsMS challenge and The Amsterdam HACK

WorldvsMS challenge and The Amsterdam HACK

The WordvsMS campaign is an initiative that had been setup to give a voice to people with Multiple Sclerosis. The campaign has asked people with MS to list their challenges in everyday life. Three challenges were accepted from 103 that were submitted A weekend in mid-November was selected when groups of people were invited to […]

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Finally I think progress is being made

Finally I think progress is being made

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post expressing my frustration with trying to get Botox treatment for my bladder. If you missed the post and would like to read it then please click HERE. Yes, I was unbelievably frustrated. Overnight the hospital had shunted my appointment from the next day to March next […]

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Man still needs Botox for his bladder

Man still needs Botox for his bladder

I need Botox injections to control my bladder spasticity. This issue has been rocking around my locker for more than a couple of years. I have written about these problems far too often. You must be bored with them.  Even I admit this subject does not come top of my reading list. Well read on, […]

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Going back to Pilates

Going back to Pilates

I have missed my last four Pilates’ sessions. They are on a Friday morning but I have been away. Going back to Pilates was a bit like going back to school after the Easter or Christmas break. Going back to Pilates Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Pilates. It helps me with the biggest problems […]

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I use incontinence pads

I use incontinence pads

Oooo, this is a difficult subject It is something I had to man-up to quite seriously several years ago. I have had bladder problems since I was a young man, multiple sclerosis has a lot to answer for 🙁 Nowadays I use incontinence pads because of the irritable bladder. I only wear normal underwear The […]

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Its when the unexpected happens

Its when the unexpected happens

Its when the unexpected accident happens. Inevitably I get stressed and this feeling lasts for a couple of hours. When I am feeling fragile it does not take much to tip me over the edge. Most of the time I’m as tough as old boots. Its when the unexpected happens The problem is the MS. My memory and sense […]

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A long journey called multiple sclerosis

A long journey called multiple sclerosis

It all started in 1972 I was almost 18. One day I was in my parent’s antiques shop when two young dealers visited. They offered to take me out for a drink. After a pint I was desperate to go to the loo. I excused myself and went to the gents but then I could […]

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MS Society MSLIFE2016 Exhibition

MS Society MSLIFE2016 Exhibition

Over the weekend 17/18 September the MS Society held its biennial exhibition, The MS Society MSLIFE2016 Exhibition MS Society MSLIFE2016 Exhibition I went there on the first day and arrived at about 12.30. There was expectation and excitement from the moment I walked into the exhibition as well as a noisy atmosphere. During the day I […]

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Do my morning exercises

Do my morning exercises

As little as ten years ago I would wake up and get out of bed without a thought. Such bliss, such joy. Now when I wake up I always feel horribly stiff. It’s a huge effort to turn over onto my back so I can swing my legs out of bed and sit on the […]

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Time To Make Your Life Easier

Time To Make Your Life Easier

Do you have MS? Don’t you think its time to make your life easier? I should know, I am always trying do it. What can YOU do so you do not feel fatigued living your life?  Its important to enjoy yourself and have a good quality of life. Time to make your life easier I’m […]

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Seven days during the Rio Olympics

Seven days during the Rio Olympics

There are days when living with MS is really not too bad and there are days when it is awful. There are even days when it can be exciting. This has been a week when I have gone through all of these emotions and more. I even broke my Leki walking stick in a dramatic […]

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Keeping the grey matter active

Keeping the grey matter active

I hope that this is a bit of a fun. How many times have you had to do something that’s looked easy? Then you realise that you need to think quite hard. Its called concentration or keeping the grey matter active :-0). Its called the Stroop effect Picture 1             […]

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Sticky electrodes and my FES

Sticky electrodes and my FES

I started using a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in January 2014. It has been my game changer. Without the sticky electrodes and my FES I would probably have to use a wheelchair around the house. Hold on a moment, I would definitely have to use a wheelchair. Instead I have a different life. Sticky electrodes and my […]

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I had a wonderful sailing holiday

I had a wonderful sailing holiday

I had a wonderful sailing holiday Earlier this year in 2016 I had a wonderful sailing holiday. Click HERE to read about it. I signed up to go sailing with the JST (Jubilee Sailing Trust) on the Lord Nelson. It was a six day trip from Southampton to France and back to Southampton. Help me […]

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An invisible physical disability

An invisible physical disability

Are you like me? I suffer from an invisible physical disability. Do these statements sound familiar? “Crikey I didn’t know you were disabled”.  Or maybe someone said “You don’t look disabled”. Sometimes it’s even “You look healthy”, and then they deserve a slap. An invisible physical disability Millions of us in Briton have a hidden disability. […]

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A Simple Decision Every Morning

A Simple Decision Every Morning

There are decisions I must make every day from the moment I wake up. I have to make a simple decision every morning when I get dressed. The result depends upon the mood I am in, how I feel when I wake up. It is my decision and it affects me for the rest of the […]

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OXO Good Grips POP Containers

OXO Good Grips POP Containers

OXO Good Grips kitchen products are well designed items for people to use in the kitchen. The OXO Good Grips POP Containers is another excellent example. Even better they really do make life easier for people who have physical disabilities. Is it a struggle to get the lid onto so many airtight plastic boxes? Then it […]

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My Badly Behaved Bladder

My Badly Behaved Bladder

Sometimes you just want your MS problems to go away. I know the severity is different for everyone but there are times when the niggles just get to be too much.  My badly behaved bladder has been around for over 35 years. Slightly longer than I have been married. My badly behaved bladder Its not […]

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Living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter

Living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter

Two reasons why living with multiple sclerosis is no laughing matter. Saturday 24 June I always look forward to Saturday. Not because it’s the end of the week. Not because it’s the start of the weekend. It’s the day I go to the local bakery buy bread and Chelsea Buns. Last Saturday came round and […]

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Some things I simply do not see 

Some things I simply do not see 

Vision is a bit of a mystery to me at times. Some things I can see perfectly well and some things I simply do not see. I know my vision is not 20/20 🙁 I always have to wear a pair of  glasses, I even have special reading glasses. Some things I simply do not […]

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Sunday 16th June 2016

Sunday 16th June 2016

The weeks just roll on one after the other and they seem to pass in the blink of an eye. Almost the longest day of the year and it seems to have crept up unannounced. It’s not just one week morphing into the next it’s one month morphing into the next. The time only passes […]

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7th Multiple Sclerosis Research Day

7th Multiple Sclerosis Research Day

This was the 7th Multiple Sclerosis Research day. The idea was originally started by Professor Giovannoni in 2009. Initially other academics and experts in the field of multiple sclerosis attended and very few sufferers. 7th Multiple Sclerosis Research Day This has now changed completely. The day is organised for sufferers and their carers. The day […]

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12 June 2016

12 June 2016

Diary 12 June 2016 Here’s something to think about. It’s a quote from Mary Kay Ash, an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. “There are two things people want more than sex and money; recognition and praise”. In case you were wondering the Travelscoot that was for sale has been sold. I have […]

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The FES has been a life changer

The FES has been a life changer

An FES was originally fitted over 18 months ago to help my footdrop. The FES has been a life changer. It makes me feel more confident, I have better balance and an I-can-do feeling. OK so I still need to use a rollator. The FES has been a life changer At my last visit in […]

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Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise. It is gentle, and it is low impact. It’s simple and effective. Even better, its free. Sensible exercise is about increasing your general activity and finding things to do that you enjoy. OK, I know that some of you can’t walk, it must be so frustratng. I can’t walk unless I […]

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A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis

A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis

A Letter to Multiple Sclerosis You first visited me a long time ago. It was 1972, I was 18 and having a pint or two of beer. I went to the loo for a pee but nothing happened. In 1979 I had a serious bladder spasm and I wet myself at work. You went away […]

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I cannot do things I once took for granted

I cannot do things I once took for granted

Everyone knows Multiple sclerosis is a horrible disease. Now I cannot do things I once took for granted, its the Multiple Sclerosis. Its taken a long time but I thinks it has finally got me. I get so frustrated. I cannot do things I once took for granted Am I wrong? I don’t think so. […]

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Tall Ship Boat Sailing Holiday

Tall Ship Boat Sailing Holiday

I recently had a week away on a Tall Ship Boat Sailing Holiday. It was an exciting experience, truly memorable. Organised by the Jubilee Sailing Trust the boat, called the Lord Nelson, is designed and built for people with a physical disability. There were 50 people on board, including the regular crew, varying in age […]

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Zinger battery powered lightweight wheelchair

Zinger battery powered lightweight wheelchair

The Zinger battery powered lightweight wheelchair is fun to use.  It’s small nippy and a new concept. It can be used both indoors and outside The Zinger is comfortable and it’s manoeuvrable; it can literally turn on a sixpence piece. The armrests on a zinger are optional. The basic model has no handle bar so […]

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MS-SMART and Anti-LINGO-1

MS-SMART and Anti-LINGO-1

At long last drugs are being tested to help slow down progression of SPMS. There are two trials in Phase 2 of the testing cycle. There is a good possibility something positive will be the result. The MS-SMART and Anti-LINGO-1 trials represent a real hope for us sufferers of SPMS. Each trial is evaluating how […]

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