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    Turning over in bed

    hey guys, happy Australia day to all the Aussie's...g-day...

    anyway, was wondering what everyone dose to turn over at night...because I only have the one hand/arm that functions I'm putting a lot of strain around my rib and side, what they call flunk pain...what i usually do is grab my pj pants around the knee and pull each leg up then flip to on side or the other...now my legs seam to be getting heavier so when I pull up my leg I'm straining that large muscle around the rib and side. for a while I was able to set off a spasm and my leg would come up so I could grab my leg...now i'm finding that I'm digging my figure nail into my skin to set off that spasm, i now have bruised and scared my legs...lol not badly but there should be an easier way...

    was wondering everyone else dose...i'm sore from the strain...is there like electrodes i could use...any ideas would be great?....
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    Bed mobility is a basic skill that you should have had addressed when you first went through rehab, usually with your OT or PT. Can you get a consult to do some work in this area with a therapist now?

    (KLD)

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    There are probably a dozen if not dozens of YouTube videos that you can check out for tips and techniques.

    Here's one grabbed at random:


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    There's a company in Australia (Neeki) that makes bedsheets with a satin middle panel that makes turning over easier - you can see their products here. Amazon sells satin sheets in a wide range of prices, and they really make turning over less of a struggle. Wearing satin pajamas can also help.

    A grab rail attached to the side of the bed might give your functioning arm more leverage, so that you won't have to use spasms in your leg to assist you in turning.

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    I use a bed ladder fom the bottom of the bed and then a sries of connected loops from the side to turn. Also have a trapeze fight over the center. These work for me. Good luck fonding something.

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    We have a strap (just a velcro thing that goes around the mattress underneath the fitted sheet) that my husband can grab onto at night to help with turning over. I tried to find an image of it online, but can't...it's a pretty low-tech solution and one that has worked well for us.

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    To the left I pull on the mattress corner bead, to the right I pull on my wife.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen212 View Post
    There are probably a dozen if not dozens of YouTube videos that you can check out for tips and techniques.

    Here's one grabbed at random:

    I watched this clip. Are we really suppossed to turn often (every couple of hours) at night? I agree with the guy when your alseep your asleep. I sleep on stomach and I turn my head often but not my body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Bed mobility is a basic skill that you should have had addressed when you first went through rehab, usually with your OT or PT. Can you get a consult to do some work in this area with a therapist now?

    (KLD)
    thanks for your reply, I never went through rehab as my disability has been a gradual thing and will continue to be, I will ask my OT I'm seeing her next week
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    There's a company in Australia (Neeki) that makes bedsheets with a satin middle panel that makes turning over easier - you can see their products here. Amazon sells satin sheets in a wide range of prices, and they really make turning over less of a struggle. Wearing satin pajamas can also help.

    A grab rail attached to the side of the bed might give your functioning arm more leverage, so that you won't have to use spasms in your leg to assist you in turning.
    thank's, yes I have two, they are great and help...lol..but the won't lift my legs...
    Love & Light WhiteAngel. Low Grade Astrocytoma Spinal Cord Tumour, C-1 to T-6 surgery back in 1970 @ age 4-1/2 with Brain Stem Cyst, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Heading down the quadriplegia road. For my story and more please visit: http://whiteangel0.blogspot.com/p/my-story_06.html http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~whiteangel

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