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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    Wink Tricks of the Trade,,,,,,,Got any?

    Ways to make life better with a disability?

    I'd love to hear yours!

    A few:

    I'm c7, arm movement, no hand or finger movement.
    Nothing below my chest.

    In bed to move legs: 1 soft belt, material around thigh above knees &
    another soft belt, material looped thru it brought to my chest,
    I stick my arm thru the loop on my chest
    & can move the leg up, down, right, or left. (designed by my 9 y/o daughter)

    Some soft material (old sheet) tied in a loop,
    looped around door knop.
    About 4 ft long. I put it in my mouth & head out,
    and the door swings shut behind me. In or out works.

    Turning knob on elec air conditoner in window.
    Maybe you understand me.
    The knob looked like a dime was standing up on the end.
    Bend a fork and slip the prongs of the fork
    around the part that looked like a dime sticking out.
    Works perfect. (my daughter again)

    One more by my daughter:
    Drop a plate of food on the floor while getting it out of the frig.
    In wc, can't reach floor, ask her to clean it up.
    Her response: Open the back door and whistlel for the dog. lol
    Children gotta love em.



    You may know something better or different.
    Let' share.

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    Quite the daughter you have! Sounds like she is headed for a career in Bio-mechanical Engineering! Or as an Occupational Therapist.

    To close the doors, I have mounted a small brass handle (kind of like on cabinets) around 3" from the hinge. I can grab it and pull.

    For better balance in the shower. A foot rest (looks a little like a mini deck) in front of the shower bench. Then my feet are firmly planted while showering and transferring. Yet the shower bench is still set for a level transfer.

    Food spills on the floor. Call the Dog!!
    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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    most of mine are out in the work shop, I like to play with power tools but am scared that I am going to lob a finger off..my latest improvement was building a router table from scratch...now I have no real fear of the torque from it... the table saw is my next battle to over come..

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    A nickname! Having my nickname has made my life as a SCI SOOO much easier. It's a great way to meet people, especially the ladies

    Nickname is HotWheels

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    in my case "natural born klutz" usually gets a few laughs expecially if they know me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrel
    in my case "natural born klutz" usually gets a few laughs expecially if they know me...
    I use my disability to my advantage quite often, especially when it comes to meeting new people. I have a HotWheels sticker on the back of my chair too. I do all kinds of crazy, goofy stuff to break the ice.

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    you seem to come off as a jokester (no offence) so I can imagine some of the things you might do..I have the same habit it is worse when I am nervous ...hospitals are the worst for me (ppl ask if I am aware of the severity of the situation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mona~on~wheels
    Some soft material (old sheet) tied in a loop,
    looped around door knop.
    About 4 ft long. I put it in my mouth & head out,
    and the door swings shut behind me. In or out works.
    Instead, I have a piece of rope hanging from the top corner just past the handle. As I go out I grab it with my left hand across my body and roll out while raising my arm up and the door closes behind me.





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    silicone ice cube trays! so much easier than the hard plastic versions. I just put the tray in the sink for a few minutes melting and then they slide right out of the silicone with no problem.

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    I use the belt of a raincoat and my mouth for the door behind me.

    And my dog is SO fat! He loves spilled plates!

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