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    making a bed and grocery shopping

    can anyone make their own bed? i cannot seem to figure it out. i always have to have someone come out and do it for me. i'd like to be able to do it myself.
    same with grocery shopping. if you're getting a lot of stuff, how do you push the cart? i can put some stuff on my lap, but the cart is just too much for me.
    frustrating........
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    Quote Originally Posted by marielea
    can anyone make their own bed? i cannot seem to figure it out. i always have to have someone come out and do it for me. i'd like to be able to do it myself.
    same with grocery shopping. if you're getting a lot of stuff, how do you push the cart? i can put some stuff on my lap, but the cart is just too much for me.
    frustrating........
    I fill a basket on my lap, then bring it to the front of the store and if it's got cold stuff/perishables, have store staff store it in a cooler. At the end of 1 1/2 - 2 hrs shopping I'll go through the checkout and have whomever have whomever go back and retrieve my baskets from whatever cooler they've been stored in. Sounds awkward but staff knows my rotuine and all generally goes smoothly.

    The bed problem I solved long ago. I stopped making it; just gets messed up anyway.
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    I'm t 4/5 and I lay all the bedding out straight so it's not caught together with top & bottom laid out properly.. Then, I get on the bed roll, to the left side, lift the corner of the mattress and put that topside corner on. I smooth the sheet toward the bottom of the bed and then put the top sheet in place on that side, & smooth it toward the bottom...and do the same with blankets, comforter. Then I get off the bed (on the right side), go around to the bottom and put the bottom left in place. Then, the bottom right goes in place and I do the top right last. It's often frustrating, but it works. It can take up to 1/2 hour sometimes.

    Shopping, I wheel a big cart into the store and park it in front - across from the cashier stands. Then, I take a small basket and go up & down the aisles picking up items. When it gets full, or I'm close to the big basket, I transfer items from the lap basket into it. When I'm finished, it's either a very short distance to struggle with the big basket, or usually someone offers to push it up to the cashier for me. People also usually offer to unload my basket for me, and I've learned to accept their help! When I'm alone, I only go to stores that bag & carry out. I can drive 10 miles to town, buy tons of groceries, and be home in less than an hour and a half.

    If my husband's not home to haul in the groceries for me...then the real work begins.
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    Making the bed is easy unless you need to flip mattresand change the sheets. I just situate myself and chair at the foot of bed and grab comforter and praise alla. It takes a few tries even with skill. Somtimes have to tranfer to bed to get it all nice and neat. The fitted sheets are whats fun. Just dust yourself off and try again.

    For shopping most stores will give you an employee to push your buggy around store and help with upper shelf items and escort you and your bounty to the car. I use the lap alot and also have pushed a buggy by myself. You have to hold on and lock your arm and wiggle your butt in the chair and off you go. Like roller skating. Works good till you get the heavy stuff aboard then its tough!

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    wow! i'm impressed! it seems like you guys have it all figured out, and i have a long road ahead of me. atleast i know it can be done! thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingofOkeefe
    Works good till you get the heavy stuff aboard then its tough!
    Do your casters ever roll up onto the cart's rear wheels? I hate it when that happens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flicka
    Do your casters ever roll up onto the cart's rear wheels? I hate it when that happens!

    Somtimes!! Thats why I lock my arms kinda keeps me back far enough from cart not to hit the wheels.



    marielea it can be done only after you see someone else do it. HAHA

    Yall ever see somebody do a mobility move or a lil criptrick and you slap yourself on the forehead and say Why didnt I think of that.

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    For shopping I use fold out forks on the front of my wheelchair that hold the basket at my feet. I really like them they also work for my laptop bag for work. They fold up when you are not using them.

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    Didn't you do those things in rehab? We take our patients to the grocery store to teach them some of these techniques, and OT has you making your bed a couple of weeks before discharge.

    One hint for beds. Duvets are the way to go. You can use the duvet cover instead of a top sheet (except in really hot weather), so you only have to flip it from the top or side of the bed. I assume you are using a fitted bottom sheet. Knit sheets are easier to put on the bed (and better for your skin too).

    (KLD)

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    I can pull the duvet back but can't fit sheets and stuff. C5/6

    When shopping I stick a basket on my lap and trap it there by dropping the satchel type bag I always carry when I'm out into the basket. I get them to put the shopping in a bag which hangs on the back of my chair.

    Or....I order online
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