Archive for July, 2014

To the Newly Diagnosed…

Written by on July 22nd, 2014 – 6 Comments

I pose a question to you … WHEN do you like to be reached out to? How often? Do you prefer someone of the same sex? Does age matter? What are your main concerns? It seems like ages ago that I had all these same questions but I was on the other side of the line … I felt like I had no one to talk to.

I am part of a newly diagnosed group, and our volunteer role is to reach out to newly diagnosed individuals.  Often I find myself wondering; am I pushy? Am I neglecting? Am I over bearing? Am I scary? A million questions float through my head.

I often find that the volunteer who has had MS for 10 years now is often as nervous as the newly diagnosed patient.  Will I be good enough? Will I be able to answer all the questions? Will I come off like I am a pro at this? How can I show that I too was once unsure of the future, and that I still get scared when I have a relapse.

So newly diagnosed … what do you prefer when you meet someone who is more experienced with MS? And what do you HATE?

THANKS IN ADVANCE! 🙂

Pharmacists: Important Allies in Health Care

Written by on July 8th, 2014 – No Comments

pharmacyLike it or not, most, if not all of us with MS or NMO are on daily medication. Understanding how to use that medication properly to get the optimum benefit from it and avoid the risks of drug interactions is important. That’s where your pharmacist can help.

Recently, I switched pharmacies from one I had been using for 23 years to one closer to home. (I stayed with the same company, just chose a different location.) It took me awhile to make this decision because I had a history with my former pharmacy-the staff all knew me by name and the pharmacist understood my extensive drug allergies. I had always received good service from them.

The reason for the change was that the store was located right in the middle of a very large and drawn out construction project (the extension of our sky train line) and getting in and out of the area was becoming more and more difficult. The other issue was that the pharmacy staff were having their hours cut in some misguided attempted by the powers-that-be to save money, which meant I’d often spend upwards of a half an hour standing in line waiting to pick up or drop off my prescriptions. My time is valuable and between the commute and the wait times, it just got to be too onerous. I finally decided to make the switch. (more…)