When I was a Cub Scout (no, never graduated to Boy Scouts), we were taught to always be prepared… and that s’mores were a recognized food group. I’ve since regularly packed s’mores-flavored Luna bars for those munchie emergencies and I’ve tried to be prepared in non-food-related aspects of life as well, but multiple sclerosis has made that a bit more challenging. See, many of us MSers are just accidents waiting to happen. Now one can’t really plan for accidents, um, except for certain particular kinds of accidents. Yeah, that kind. The kind that lends itself to, ahem, disposable undergarments.
So for my 41st birthday I slipped on my first pair of adult diapers. There, I said it—diapers. Ugh. The whole process was a huge mental hurdle to cross. It wasn’t in my grand plan to wear Huggies when I could see my 30s over my shoulder. But after a few close calls (admittedly, really close calls) along with that sickening panic that is difficult to explain to a non MSer, it was unfortunately time. Now I decided that if I was going to commit, it was going to be whole hog—I’m talkin’ the huge 72-pack of super absorbent Depends from COSTCO. Hell, it took up the whole friggin’ cart, and I was proud, damn it, knowing that I alone could soak up a quarter of that oil in the Gulf. And you know what? It wasn’t the nightmare I feared, it was liberating.
I could go out in public without constantly scanning for bathrooms. That extra drink with dinner? No worries. There are eighty miles until the next rest stop?! Whatever. The best part: the few times in the past nine months I’ve had to employ Operation Depends (as in “I’m Depending on You to Work”), they have, and flawlessly. And unless you are wearing a tight dress where even a thong would be noticeable, these puppies are virtually undetectable (and no, they don’t make a crinkly noise when you sit down). I should have added these to my arsenal against MS earlier—it turned out to be no big deal—but then that would have been too darn easy… and my ego certainly would not have allowed it.
*Travel tip: use your (clean) disposable clothing to pack around breakables. And added bonus: the longer you travel, the more room you have in your luggage for souvenirs!