Multiple Sclerosis

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Have you ever heard of MS?

Well, today I am going to give you some information on this autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body and damage the tissues. There are so many autoimmune diseases.

With multiple sclerosis, the body attacks the nerves. This will cause you to feel dizzy, numbness, tingling, and have muscle spasms. You might also experience vision problems, imbalance, loss of muscle control which will also affect the bowel and bladder continence and you could also have slurred speech.

No one really knows the exact cause of this disease, though it might be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Oh and it is not contagious!

The treatment that can be given for this disease will not cure it, though there are experimental treatments that are still in the trial stages, it will only help with the symptoms and relieve the discomforts of the disease.

The treatments might include medication, homeopathic or natural treatment. Physical therapy will also alleviate some of the pain or strengthen the muscles. Helping aids will be needed in the future, as these will promote a close to normal lifestyle.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, there is no known cure.

Who is at risk for MS? Having relatives with MS will increase your risk of developing MS and if you have diabetes type 1, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease you are at a high risk. But if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you should not think you have MS, go to the doctor and let him diagnose you correctly.

But don’t let that stop you if you are suffering from MS, try your best to do what you can and stay positive (this is hard to do but it can happen).

 

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Tissue Salt no. 5

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It’s time for our next tissue salt…Kali mur. – Kalium Muriaticum

This tissue salt is a decongestant, a second stage inflammation reduce and a waste eliminator.

I need to add that I always used this when I got a cold and my nose and sinuses became very congested. It worked like a bomb. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical decongestants and without the side affects.

When you have the flu, your nose is all congested and there is a thick mucus discharge, your throat is sore, your eyes are having a discharge, your tonsils are swollen with pustules or you are experiencing crackling noises in the ears then Kali Mur is for you. Take 2 tablets every 20 minutes for 2 hours and slowly extending to every 3 hours.

If you are experiencing heartburn, burping, take 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.

Kali mur. aids the skeletal system and the joints in numerous ways. If you are experiencing backache, shoulder pains, stiffness and arthritis pains take Kali mur. to sooth the pain.

Information taken from Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts

 

Music Magic

We all have our favourite music genres, artists, and bands. The elderly also have their favorites. They might have dementia or be frail, but don’t underestimate the power of music.

I have witnessed late stage dementia patients sing word for word of their favourite golden oldie song. It amazes me how they can remember all the words and even the tune to the song, but they can’t remember basic daily routines. It is amazing how the brain can still remember the music and it is able to put the words together with the tune to make the full song.

Play your parent’s or your charge’s favourite songs on regular occasions. Listen with them and sing along (if you know the words) to stimulate the brain.

Music tempos can also have an effect on a person. Playing upbeat songs will liven the mood. If the person is feeling down and sad, play light, happy music to encourage happy feelings. The music may or may not have lyrics, but that doesn’t affect the benefits of the music on the soul.

Instrumental music playing in the background daily can encourage positive feelings in all the people in the room.

When a person is struggling to fall asleep, play soft classic music in the background. This will help the brain to relax and the person will slowly drift off into a good sleep.

Go ahead and try experimenting with music. It can be instrumental, rock ‘n roll or anything that your elderly person likes. It will have amazing results.

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Tissue Salt no.4

I have been slow with continuing with the tissue salts and the benefits of using them.

But I am determined to complete them all this year…

Here is tissue salt no. 4 – Ferrum Phosphoricum.

This is an iron tissue salt. Iron is very important for the human body.

Iron is important for the treatment of many ailments.

The Head

Ferrum Phos. will bring relief if you are experiencing: headaches, dizzy spells, fevers, feel faint, have a high temperature, experiencing congestive headaches, or have nose bleeds. Dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue and then another 2 tablets 90 minutes later.

Infections

Ferrum Phos. carries oxygen and this makes it important when illness, injury or disease is present. Take 2 tablets every 15 to 30 minutes until symptoms subside. Children and animals are to take 1 tablet every 15 to 30 minutes.

Eyes

Ferrum Phos. will relieve eyes which are tired, bloodshot or inflammed. 1 to 2 tablets every 20-10 minutes.

Digestive system

Do you experience nausea, diarrhoea, haemorroids, undigested stools or multiple food allergies? Ferrum Phos. will be the answer to the problem. Take 2 tablets three times a day. For Haemerroids, wash the area with 20 drops of Ferrum Phos in warm water.

Skeleton

The elderly tend to be the people who suffer with joint pains, stiffness, skeletal complaints and rheumatism. Ferrum Phos. can be very effective to relieve the symptoms. Take 2 tablets every half hour.

For the care-giver: When you start feeling panic, irritable, depressed, restless sleeping or have bouts of insomnia, take 2 tablets of tissue salts no. 2, 4 and 6. Take them 3, 4, or 5 times a day.

There is many more useful benefits of taking tissue salt no. 4. But I will leave it for another time….

Information taken from Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts

Laughter is a Medicine

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I love the sound of people laughing and being happy. I can’t go through my day without laughter. Laughter is the best medicine in the world for the human body and the best thing about it is that it’s free. The human body cannot distinguish between a real laugh or a fake laugh. Laughter stimulates the motor region of our brain to become active and that produces the physical reaction – the sound of laughing.

Laughter has many health benefits:

Laughter boosts our heart rate.

Laughter boosts the production of certain antibodies that are responsible for boosting our immune systems.

Laughter reduces stress hormones – cortisol and epinephrine

Laughter releases endorphines which are responsible for relieving the body of physical pain.

Laughter protects the human heart by improving the function of the blood vessels and increasing theĀ  blood flow. This will lower your risk of a heart attack and other heart problems.

Laughter can burn unwanted calories. 13 minutes of laughter burns around 40 calories.

Laughter can calm anger. It is the hardest benefit of laughter as one needs to laugh when they feel angry and that is not easy. Great news about the human body: it can’t distinguish between a real or fake laugh. So when you feel angry, fake laugh and you will start laughing for real and the anger will subside.

Laughter is great medicine for cancer victims. It has been noted that those suffering with cancer who laugh are able to cope better with pain and it provides them with a better sense of wellbeing.

 

Resourses:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
https://www.medicalbag.com/lifestyle/laughter-therapy-shown-to-boost-immune-function-in-cancer-patients/article/472627/
https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-here-s-what-happens-to-you-brain-when-you-laugh

 

 

Hacks and Tips for all

The elderly sometimes struggle with the basic everyday activities, equipment and routines. It is very frustrating to not to be able to do what you need to do and to not be able to do it in a reasonable time frame.

There are a few things that one can do or use to make life a little easier for the person involved.

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Zippers: Zippers can be very fiddly and small. This makes it difficult for people with arthritis or shakes to close and open them. If you thread a piece of twine through the zipper easier to grab. You can also use can opener rings or a keyring.

Canes: Keep a cane or walking frame in every room in the house. This might sound strange, but people who need a walking stick or frame, forget that they are needing the aid to move around safely. Keep the cane or frame in a noticeable spot by the door.

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Notices: Keep a white board in a prominent place in the house. On the board, you can write the day’s agenda or important events that are to happen during the day. Keep the information simple and straight to the point, put the date and times next to relevant information and use clear font.

Dressing: If the person is still able to dress themselves, but seem to have a problem getting the order of the clothes right or leaving off garments, here is a tip. Put the clothing out the night before and put it in the order that one will put them on to dress. Also leaving sticky notes with numbers on for the order of dressing, will be very helpful.

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TV remotes: All those little buttons are very confusing to the elderly. Mark the buttons that are needed to change the sound, channel and power button with a marker. Or you can do it in reverse and mark the buttons that are not needed to change channels, change volume or power on or off.

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Drinking glasses: Glass or plastic drinking cups can be very slippery to hold. This problem can be solved by using a few rubber bands. Put 2 or 3 rubber bands around the glass and this will help with the slipperiness of the cup.

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Doorknobs: Round doorknobs are not easy for arthritic hands to grab. They can make opening and closing doors very hard and frustrating for those people who have limitations to their finger joints. Try using foam tubing and a cable tie to improve the grip of the doorknob.

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Clothing Hangers: Clothing hangers can be a little tricky for those who don’t have their full balance or if they are a little on the shorter side. Hang a hanger on a hanger in the cupboard. It is not the neatest way to arrange your cupboard, but it will make it easier to take a hanger down and then re-hang it.

 

Be careful what you say

We sometimes we might say something to the elderly and it may be heard wrong by them. We need to be a bit more careful what and how we say something.

  • ‘You just said that…”

When your elderly parent starts talking about the same story that they just spoke on or spoke about all day, try and change the subject to something else that they remember. Don’t try and shush them or if you are unable to change the subject, be careful on what your body language is saying. The elderly are very perceptive and they are remarkably good at picking up on the vibes you give off.

  • “You are too old to drive.”

All of us will be too old to drive one day, and when that happens we will become house bound. Imagine not being able to go where and when you like. Try and make arrangements for 2 days a week outing for the elderly charge in your life. Uber assist is suited for the person with nursing aids, like walking frames, wheelchairs and more. Or if you are not comfortable to use them, make a set times and take them to the places that they want to go to.

  • “You are unable to live alone anymore.”

This is a hard one. There will come a time where a person can’t live alone anymore and will need 24 hour assistance. It is not fair to keep reminding the elderly that they are incapable to live alone anymore. They won’t be able to make the decision to change that. It is not fair to expect that of them. Rather try and tell them in a nice way of all the benefits of not living alone. Many people can’t always accommodate the elderly in their homes and will put the elderly into a nursing home. I don’t condemn a person for doing that, but I am not for it either. I believe that having the elderly at home or with family to be the best option for them. They thrive under love and great care. Family is the best way to provide that for them. Move in with the elderly person/s. Or move them into your home. They will disrupt a bit of your daily life, but you will be in that same position one day. Each person is to decide what works best for them.

  • “Where is your walking frame?”

Most of the elderly people I have worked with forget to use the walking aids they have. I sometimes wonder if they do it on purpose or if they are genuinely forgetting. They don’t like to be reminded that they can’t do what they used to do when they were younger. Put the walking aid near by them when they are sitting down, so they have easy access to it when standing up. Something I like to do when I notice that the elderly person is walking unaided, I just walk along side them with the aid, they will look at it, look at me and then take the aid and use it. I don’t let on that it is a big issue. Just a simple slip of the mind. I am not trying to say that I don’t see it as an important equipment to use, rather I am mindful of the embarresment or humble feelings that the walking aid might bring. Do tell them in the beginning of the importance of the aid and the importance of them using it. Be careful not to make them feel like a child.

  • “Why do you complain so much?”

They are old. They feel the cold more than us. They have medical problems. Let them complain. You can try change the subject, but be gentle.

  • “You forgot your appointment!”

Don’t we all forget something in our everyday lives? If there is an appointment made, make a note and stick it on the refrigerator for the elderly to see it clearly. Call them up on the appointment day and remind them or ever offer to take them to that appointment. That is a good way to bond amidst all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

  • “It’s not cold today.”

The elderly feel the cold more intensely than we do. With age, our capillaries become hardened and slow to react to weather or climate changes. And the elderly are less active so they tend to feel the cold a lot more. If the elderly is cold and it’s a warm day out, advise on a lighter jacket to the one that they were planning to wear. The elderly also suffer from heat strokes a lot quicker than the younger people. So they need to wear clothing that keeps the body temperature at a balance.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed reading this post. I don’t mean to offend anyone and I am not saying your way is the wrong way. We all have different circumstances and act on them in the ways we think are best. I have mentioned some ideas and I hope you will be able to use them or that they will spark an idea you never thought of.