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    How do you turn in bed?

    Mike is working on it, but has not perfected it yet. Does anyone have a special teqnique they can share? I remember someone said they have tied peices of sheet to grab onto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChopperChick
    Mike is working on it, but has not perfected it yet. Does anyone have a special teqnique they can share? I remember someone said they have tied peices of sheet to grab onto.
    T-11 complete.

    I raise the head of the bed, grab either side of the mattress at about the level of my mid thigh and use a combo of arm lift and abdominal contraction to sit up. Then I grab my right ankle and fold the right leg over the left, lift my butt and scoot it over to the extreme right edge of the ROHO (yes, I sleep with a high profile ROHO under my butt), grab the left edge of the mattress and turn on my left side.

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    I hook my hand under the sheet and roll to sit up, then hook my hand under my knee and lift it and turn so I'm on my side.
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    When lying on 1 side, I find it necessary to sit up before turning. I push myself into a sitting position, rearrange my legs, and kind of pivot as I do down for the other side. With the legs in position my body is half way there so it is easier to turn. Once down I am usually still a little on my back, so I pull myself up on my side either using the edge of the bed, or hubby's elbow (depending which way I am going) and shove a pillow behind me so I stay off my back. Just keep worhing at it.

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    When sleeping I don't turn unless I wake up for some reason. But when I do turn I will place both of my arms to the left and swing them and my whole body to the right and when I get to a certain point I push my left shoulder forward and this makes it to where both of my arms are on my right. I then 'bend' down and put my left leg over my right. This is actually VERY VERY comfotable.

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    I sleep on a tempur-pedic mattress. My girlfriends love it too. Don't need to turn. I was on a roho bed panel for 18+/- years. That was good too but just for me. When I do turn, I just use my arms/elbows to sit up and then turn over or on my side. I'm c6-7 and it's simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjean423
    When lying on 1 side, I find it necessary to sit up before turning. I push myself into a sitting position, rearrange my legs, and kind of pivot as I do down for the other side. With the legs in position my body is half way there so it is easier to turn. Once down I am usually still a little on my back, so I pull myself up on my side either using the edge of the bed, or hubby's elbow (depending which way I am going) and shove a pillow behind me so I stay off my back. Just keep worhing at it.
    sjean - I do hope your poor husband isn't asleep when you grab his elbow!

    I have to be on my back to turn, I get my bum to the opposite side of the bed to the one I want to face, then grab my uppermost leg and bend it whilst flopping back down.( I use just my arms to haul myself up). Have to mess about putting a pillow under my lower ankle (to keep it off the bed), then make sure I have a pillow under my bent upper knee.
    Oh, and I use my free arm to push on the hip I have on the bed back, to tip me, as I like to lie what I believe is called semi prone.
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    I just grab the hearboard and turn. It is super easy for me now but it was really hard at the beginning. Then I make sure my leg crossed over, if not I just go on my elbow and cross it all the way, so that it is not on top of the lower one. Sometimes I stick a small pillow between my legs.
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    I've got a really heavy bedside table and I also back my chair tight against it to help hold it in place. I put my left wrist under the corner of it and throw my right hand up and hook it on the bedpost or the headboard. Using nothing but bicep, I roll over onto my side, then grab the cane of my chair and work my way up to a sitting position. Of course my damn aching hips are making this process rather uncomfortable these days.
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