Caring for a family member who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be extra challenging. It is a chronic illness that ultimately impacts a person's whole body. For some the condition progresses more quickly than for others.
It is, however, one of the illnesses for which much progress has been made in recent years regarding the understanding of this illness and treatments. There are new techniques to repair some of the damages and there are new medications that appear to be very effective. Some people can even reduce their symptoms by changing their diets.
One of the effects of MS that your family member may experience is "brain fog" - not being mentally sharp. When you notice that this is happening, more and more often, you may feel frightened and have extra worries while you are in schools.
It is important to help the person who has any type of chronic illness to be as independent as possible, even when exerting that independence may take a little more time. An example of this is with a task that seems like it should be simple such as getting dressed.
If your family member has a cell phone or any type of alarm clock, you can help them to be independent by setting an alarm for something that requires a time reminder. The something may be related to cooking or perhaps taking a medication. If there is a smartphone available, it is likely to have the capability of setting multiple reminder alarms with different ring tones. Your role might be to help with this programming. In doing so you are helping to preserve the independence of the one in your care while also reducing your responsibility load.
As always, please know that you are free to call the AACY office (561.391.7401) to speak with a member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s).