MS Empathy Kit

Author: Unknown- But a big thank you!

Now family, friends and caregivers can have a better understanding of what it is like to live with MS on a daily basis. The MS Empathy Kit contains everything you need to simulate the effects of living with MS.

Each kit comes with the following:

1 pair 10 lb wrist weights

1 pair 15 lb thigh weights

1 pair 20 lb ankle weights

20 2 x 2 inch steel wool pads

1 pair extra thick gloves

1 lb sand

1 pair extra thick shirt sleeves

1 pair extra thick pant legs

1 bag small pebbles

1 syringe of saline solution

1 2” wide belt

1 TENS unit (electrical stimulation)

1 pair foggy glasses

bungee cord assortment (comes in choice of colors)

1 pair ear plugs

box of gnats (when in season)

1 sit and spin toy

1 bottle of Jack Daniels

1 remote controlled .5 liter water bag, complete with drip tube.

DIRECTIONS - DEPENDING ON YOUR CONDITION, YOU CAN USE ANY OR ALL ITEMS IN THIS KIT.

FOLLOWING ARE “ APPLICATION SUGGESTIONS” FOR FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, OR CAREGIVER TO EXPERIENCE WHAT MS FEELS LIKE.

#1 Painful heavy legs: 20 lb ankle weights, 15 lb thigh weights. Simply apply tightly to partner.

#2 Painful feet: Put equal or unequal amounts of small pebbles I each shoe.

#3 Loss of feeling in hands and/or arms: Put on extra thick gloves and shirt sleeves.

#4 Loss of feeling in feet and/or legs: Put on extra thick pant legs, and sand in bottom of shoes.

#5 Uncontrollable itching: Glue or sew small steel wool pads to inside of partners shirt, pants and inside shoes.

#6 Tingling: Apply TENS unit electrodes to partners skin and turn on to desired intensity. (recharge daily)

#7 Tight band: Put 2” wide belt around partner and draw snug.

#8 Take a shot: Allow partner to self inject saline solution.

#9 Trouble lifting arms: Simply apply 10 lb wrist weights to partner.

#10 Spasticity: Hook bungee cords to rear belt loops and rear pant leg cuffs, for arms hook collar and cuffs on shirt sleeves.

#11 Poor vision: Have partner use foggy glasses.

#12 Poor hearing/buzzing in ears: Have partner put a gnat & ear plug in each ear.

#13 Balance & walking problems: While partner drinks Jack Daniels, have him or her ride on the Sit & Spin for 30 minutes, now have them try           walking through a crowded mall! ( be sure to have a designated driver)

#14 Urgent need to pee!: Have partner put .5 liter remote control water bag and drip tube in their pants in crowded mall, tell them they have 30   seconds before you activate (remote control) to get to the restroom!

To make this effective, partner is UNABLE to remove any item for at least 24 hours.

After this, they may wonder how you manage to keep your sanity!