Do you get what you want from appointments with your neurologist?
“My neurologist is my most important source of information about how to manage my multiple sclerosis, so it is essential I get maximum value out of my all-too-brief sessions with him”.
Neurologist appointments can be few and far between, and they can be over before you know it. Yet they can be crucial for the successful management of your MS, so it is essential you make the most of your appointment. This means being properly prepared and MSL has just launched a new tool to help you do just that: Preparing for your neurologist appointment checklist.
This has been developed with the support of the MS Advisory Council of Victoria, it tool provides practical advice for the day of your appointment; a checklist you can fill out; and a list of issues you might consider including for discussion. You can also add notes to the checklist during or after your appointment and then keep it as a record.
How much thought do you give to your safety around your home?
Most falls happen at home, which is where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. If you are like me you are unsteady on our feet or need walking aids and we really should think about how we can make our homes safer
Is the lighting good enough? Do you have steps where a ramp would be safer or should install handrails or grab bars? Could you rearrange items you regularly use to make them easier to reach?
Some specific things you might think about are: Are there electric leads or cables which you may trip over? Are there loose rugs which may slip or ruck-up? Is your furniture arranged to provide plenty of room to move about? Does your bathroom have a non-slip floor? Are there steps without any handrails?
Our annual conference is coming up
This year it will be held on Saturday May 6th at the MS Nerve Centre in Blackburn. As usual we have an excellent program which this year will feature Associate Professor Helmut Butzkeuven speaking about current and forthcoming treatments for MS and a question and answer session about the NDIS with speakers from MSL and people with MS who have personal experience of the NDIS.
So put the date in your diary and make sure you can attend but if you can’t attend then watch live on the internet here on our website.
Nigel Caswell OAM - Feb 9 2017