When Lynn was first diagnosed with MS, it was hard to know what to do with all the new challenges. As I was thinking about that this week, I thought maybe sharing some of the solutions we found might make life a little easier for some of you as well. Keep in mind, these were our own little inventions so they might not work for everyone but if they work for you, too, great! If you have ideas that also work, feel free to add them.
I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP
When Lynn was still walking, he would often walk around using the walls and furniture for support (this was before he admitted he needed a walker or cane). At times, he would trip or lose his balance. Due to his spasticity, it was very difficult when he fell to get him back up; especially when he fell in tight places. One of the ways we found to move him when there was not enough space for us to maneuver was to roll him over onto a “crawler.” Maybe that’s not the correct name for it but it’s one of those little flat board things with wheels on them that mechanics use to roll under cars. I found one that was padded. I could roll him over onto his side and then put the crawler under him. Then I rolled him back onto the crawler and pulled him out of the tight space by his feet. Then I had more space for us to work to get him back up.
NEEDING HELP WHEN NO ONE IS AROUND
I was en route to a conference in Williamsburg one day when Lynn called to say he had fallen and could not get up. I was an hour away and had to turn around to come back. We had no one we could call that had a key that could get into our house to help him. He laid on the floor for three hours before I could get back (one hour trying to get himself up unsuccessfully). Fortunately, when he fell, he grabbed his cell phone on his way down. After that horrible day, we got one of those buttons for him to wear that he can press to call for help wherever he might be in the house. When he presses the button, the company knows how to reach me, our kids, his siblings and mom, and who is doctor is. They also gave us a device to use to lock a key outside and they have the password to get the key out so if Lynn doesn’t respond when they check on him after the button is pressed, they can call an ambulance and the rescuers can use the key to get inside. It’s a must for anyone disabled who is home alone.