Multiple sclerosis (MS) used to make me drop my phone a lot. I worried about cuts, skin infections, and expensive repairs. Now, I’ve learned to protect my device — and myself.
That moment when you tug your phone out from your pocket and fumble, only to hear it thud on the floor: It lies screen-down, and you brace yourself before flipping it frontward to see the dreaded cracked glass, the scuffs, and scratches. I shudder at the thought of a broken shutter or another expensive repair (pun intended!).
These accidents are common for everyone, sure. For me, with my clumsy, neurodivergent grip, it happens too frequently. It might seem minor, but it’s really something that shouldn’t be ignored. Cracked glass, if it’s seriously shattered, could definitely draw blood even from a swipe of the finger. I’ve gotten cut from the jagged edges of an exposed glass corner. Although it’s usually just a small nick, it concerns me because I’m afraid my fingers, numb from MS, could make it hard for me to notice.
Also, because I take Ocrevus for my secondary-progressive MS, my immune system is especially compromised, and I have to be careful about skin infections. Although it may seem insignificant at first, a lingering cut can lead to a serious issue.
That’s why the upkeep of my phone is an important safety consideration. I’ve taken several steps to ensure my expensive equipment stays safe from my fumbling hands, and these tools and practices have kept me protected.
A sleek phone case is really pretty, but the aesthetic is ruined if the screen is busted. I used to have a collection of flimsy cases because I thought they were prettier, and it took me a lot of broken phones to realize another repair was just not worth it. The good news is that there are plenty of accessories that’ll protect your tech and keep it looking fresh, like the following:
I’ve learned that equipping my phone with accessories is key, but plenty of mishaps have made me realize that I need to practice better habits. Although it may be guarded against a smash, I have to be careful not to drop it in the first place. Because I’m constantly clutching this pricey device in hand, I’ve created guidelines for my relationship with my phone.
In addition to making the most of protective accessories, I’ve also learned some general strategies for keeping your phone safe.
Save on repair costs by equipping your technology with protective accessories. This may keep it from falling or shattering on impact from a drop. It goes a long way to secure the safety of your phone against weak, uncoordinated, or tremoring hands.
Most importantly, if you’re immunocompromised, keeping your phone protected will help you avoid injuries that could potentially lead to infection.
Medically reviewed on March 27, 2023
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