disability: Having a disability is difficult enough to deal
with, especially if it is because of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis
on your body, but what can help when the power goes out and no
available to help you to function for a period of time?
What do you do then, to help
you to function?
In all honesty, the
difficulties that you can have, when it comes to functioning with a
disability because of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis depend on how
severe your disability is and which symptoms of MS you are having a
If you are unable to walk or
you walk with a walker, the problems that you can encounter when the
lights go out can be very different, since if you need a wheelchair to
get around you can carry a candle in a jar or a flashlight as you move
around, but walking with a walker keeps your hands busy and makes it
more difficult for you too see where you are going, since you can't
carry a light in one hand very easily.
To make it easier to move from
room to room, you can place a candle in a jar or a small lantern in
each room to make it so that you don't have to carry a light around
with you from room to room.
It is also more of a problem
if you live with some else that can help you too, compared to if you
live alone and don't have someone who lives nearby that can help you
set things up to help you to make it easier for you to function when
the power goes out.
It is a good idea to have some
type of emergency planning set up before problems can occur when things
happen like the power going out.
Arranged ahead of time for you
to have someone available, who you can call in the case of an
emergency, such as the power going out, who can help you to set up
things so that it is easier for you to function as much as possible in
spite of your MS
I personally keep flashlights
in most rooms in the house, in case the power goes out. I
also check the batteries off and on to make sure that the flashlights
work, in case I need them.
Battery powered camping
lanterns can be purchased ahead of time, along with the appropriate
lantern batteries that are needed for them to operate when they to be
The batteries should be tested
and replaced periodically, to you don't need to run to the store when
they are needed in the case of an emergency.
If your stove or oven has
electric stove top burners, you need a back up source, so that you can
cook food, in the event that the power is out for few days.
A propane gas-fed camp stove
can be purchased and kept in a closet or some other part of
the house (apartment, townhouse or where ever you live) that
you are able to access, to that you can get to it when needed, if an
emergency should arise.
your stove or oven is operated using a gas source, it should operate,
even in a power outage. One thing that you need to keep in
mind is that you most likely will need to keep a ignition source or
pilot light igniter to light the pilot light for a gas stove, since the
igniter is often an electric igniter that does not work when the power
As far as heat sources, I
would suggest having a backup generator to run an infrared heater to
heat the main rooms that you are in, since electric heaters draw too
much power and can really run up your electric bill excessively for the
amount of heat that electric heaters provide.
Infrared heaters are rated,
based on the size of the space that you are using it to heat.
Although infrared heaters do cost a more to purchase, the
amount of power that it draws is much less and it will not run up your
electric bill very much, when compared to electric heaters.
The other consideration is
that if a house, room or apartment that you are staying in becomes too
cold from the power being out for more than a day, this will set you up
for getting sick very easily, since this knocks down your immune system
when your body gets too cold.
Multiple Sclerosis is already
known for weakening the immune system and knocking down our immunity,
so for us to get too cold, this can be more dangerous for us, than it
would be for someone who has not been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
disability is also known for compromising our
immune systems even further than if we were just diagnosed with
Multiple Sclerosis, but were not classified as physically disabled.
Reduced mobility because of
Multiple Sclerosis, reduces circulation, which also reduces our body's
ability to fight off infection, making us even more susceptible to
infection, than we would be other wise.
The problem with a generator
is that typically a person that is disabled is unable to set it up
and/or get it going on their own and needs assistance in using it at
all, even if you own a generator of your own.
Having some one that can take
you some place that has heat is another option, if you are unable to
make arrangements to set up and operate a generator for you to supply
heat to where you are living.
municipalities, districts, townships or cities have some type of
organization as far as who you can call when the power goes out when
you are disabled and unable to do what is needed for yourself to help
you to get assistance for you to be able to either be moved to a place
with heat or to help you to set up some way to get heat into where you
A list of emergency contact
agencies should be kept in a place that allows you to contact
someone to assist you in the event of the power going out for any
period of time that causes a problem for you because of your disability.
Don't wait until the last
minute for arranging for what you will be able to do, in the event of
the power going out, especially for an extended period of time, since
your health can definitely depend on this.
Plan ahead and this can make all of the difference, in how well you can
make it through the tough times that may appear as a result of the
electrical power failing, especially if there is some type of storm,
such as an electrical storm, a tornado, a hurricane or a snow storm
that can knock out the electrical power by down trees, downing power
lines, or causing any other electrical disturbance that disrupts
electrical power to where you are living.