Tips and Tricks

Dawn, Jeffrey, Val and Robyn share some of the practical strategies that they find helpful including: lists and how to use them: notebooks; palm pilots and sticky notes.

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Jackie said on Wed Jan 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The videos helped me realise other peope share my frustration with the recall aspect of MS. I was beging to think I was imagining it.
Ido find lists helpful with the everyday tasks but the ’ word on the tip of my tongue’ leaves conversations with an embarrassing pause and the feeling of being stupid!
I may try the ‘just give me a moment’ tip and hopefuly I will stay calm and finish the conversation.
Thank you.

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Bernadette Hyams said on Sun Jul 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

I was diagnosed in 1980. I went to see my MS nurse and the best tip she has given me so far is when someone is speaking to me, not to have a radio or television on and I won’t be distracted in any way so I’ll be more able to remember what’s being said to me.

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Zofia Taylor said on Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 08:41 pm

I have lists on the fridge door.The weeks menu,whats in the freezer,the online shopping list for the heavy shop,and i always take a shopping /to do list when i go out.And i prepare for going on holiday a week ahead,travel documents and clothes hung up.A bit OTT but i am always delighted if i forget the list and come home to check it and score 100%.And having sat down and howled with anxiety and,< I cant find my travel hat >sydrome on one ocassion i got sorted my way and it really does make a difference.Have always been a bit daffy so there may be an inadvertant improvement?????

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Sammy Matthews said on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 02:58 pm

I am 34, a single mum of three, and have a wipe clean white board in my kitchen which I have taught the children to use, if they need or would like to do something they can add this to the board. On a Saturday morning they now remind me to have a look at the board to see what we can do, this helps me to carry on being the mum they that require, and they can see that if there needs go on that board, then I am thinking of them.
This has helped me to relax and cope with family life, which helps make my MS less of a burden on them.
Massive help, thank you!!

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Ann Mack said on Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 05:35 pm

I was diagnosed 17 years ago, went to see my MS Specialist nurse this afternoon, I have seen previous nurses and the Specialist at my local hospital. Today’s nurse told me about Staying Smart so I will be looking at the site and telling my friends and family about you, then they can see what I am reading, so that they know what I am talking about to them.

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