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  • #16
    Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
    Linda have you thought about having a ez lock installed? That way all he would have to do would be pull in the van and it would lock automatically. You then just push a button to release him.

    Hope other than the normal aches and pains, all else is well.
    I've heard of ez lock, but not really sure what they are or how expensive they are. I assumed that is what people who were SCI drove used.
    The more I learn the less I know.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
      Linda have you thought about having a ez lock installed? That way all he would have to do would be pull in the van and it would lock automatically. You then just push a button to release him.

      Hope other than the normal aches and pains, all else is well.
      Chad's doesn't have EZ Lock, I wish we did, but the way our van is configured, he would have to sit sideways to use EZ Lock. That may be the case with Chuck's chair too. I too find that bending over and twisting to buckle him in the van, especially for that front left one, is just the worst for back pain. I keep saying I hope I never get too old or too fat to do this gig!
      Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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      • #18
        KLD, the othnotist I had got a hernia lifting his 12 pound infant son out of his crib. He always wore a back brace from then on but not for the lifting. He twisted as he lifted and is sure that is what caused the problem. He gave Jay great ways to do things early on to save his back. His first rule was to always be aware of where your back spine are in relation to the floor. Aim for perpendicular and anything requiring a lift motion should not include a twist of more than a few degrees.
        We now have a ceiling track lift and a rather tall king bed. If you need to push someone up the bed and sheer skin problems have never been a problem and legs are not flacid push from the bottom of the bed up using your stomach and hands/arms. Many back problems come from trying to pull a seated in long sitting or side or supine person up the bed. Not everyone wants to be seperated by a hospital bed but this works well for us now. Twenty years ago nothing worked right for either of us too.
        I can relate to the pants problems. I have great sensation so can help with when to pull up more before we start the, hopefully, one roll each way to get them over my butt. Any ideas on helping his back with the rolls? Jeans aren't bad but dressier pants seem to take several rolls.
        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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        • #19
          Yes, the pants can be a real bugger on the back. I do it in two rolls 90% of the time. First, I pull his pants up as far as possible while he's laying on his back. Then I roll him on his left side (I stand on his right the whole time, we have a queen side bed) and pull the pants up to his waist on the right side. The pants are then sort of diagonal across his butt, then I lay him flat. Then, I roll him up on his right side (towards me) and grab as far as I possible can under him to the waist band and then yank REALLY quickly and hard. If I do it right, the pants pull all the way up to the waist in one try. If I don't, I have to lay him flat and do the roll him to the right, roll him to the left thing again. Perhaps I should make a video of it because I have a good little system. Of course, I'd have to have him wear underwear for purposes of a video lol.... I should mention here though that Chad is small, only about 140 pounds and 5'7", so its MUCH easier for me to do this than for heavier/taller people.
          Last edited by zillazangel; 07-15-2012, 11:17 PM.
          Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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          • #20
            I honestly don't remember what we paid for the ez lock, it was included in on the van purchase price so... in other words we paid dearly for it. Davids is mounted on the passenger side of the van so when he sits in the front he can see out and be secure. If he sits in the middle of the van then we use the tie straps, which are a pain in the "arse", especially on a rainy or cold snowy day.

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            • #21
              O.M.G.--What a difference an EZ lock makes! Your knees will thank you, your back will thank you and everyone will be happier. Honestly, I couldn't conceive of not having one anymore. We don't travel much anymore, I have a hard time with low hotel beds and not having a trapeze for Jim to help with. And also find it much more difficult(hard on back) to lift and position/turn if not a single bed. As for getting jeans on- I can do it with one turn. Oh, what a talent! My "guns" are something else too, all my ageing peers are quite impressed that I have no upper arm hang.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by LindaT View Post
                I've heard of ez lock, but not really sure what they are or how expensive they are. I assumed that is what people who were SCI drove used.
                The more I learn the less I know.
                Two years ago, we paid $1700 for an EZ Lock system installed in our new Honda Odyssey. Some wheelchairs can be difficult to fit with the device that fastens into the in-floor docking system.

                All the best,
                GJ

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                • #23
                  And I think Permobil has their own design.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                    There is absolutely no scientific evidence that back belts help prevent back injury or allow you to lift more ... In fact there are a number of studies showing their use associated with a HIGHER rate of injury because they give the user a false sense of security in lifting excessive weight.

                    KLD
                    SCI-Nurse, Thank you for your informative comment. One reason I joined this forum is to try to learn better ways of handling the caregiving. . . (I am 71, with scoliosis from childhood). I know the caregiving strains my back and hips. I need to roll my husband on the bed to dress him; I use a lift to get him out of the bed and into his wheelchair, but I have to get the straps for the lift sling under him while he is prone; he has no use of his legs and little upper body strength. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by MSWIFE1 View Post
                      Linda have you thought about having a ez lock installed? That way all he would have to do would be pull in the van and it would lock automatically. You then just push a button to release him.
                      We have EZ lock on both passenger and driver's side of our 10 yr. old mini van; when my husband still drove, we could switch the one car seat from the driver's to the passenger side, depending on who was driving. Now that he doesn't drive, we just use the passenger side lock. He uses a Permobil. There is an attachment bracket afixed to the bottom of the chair. We just paid $684 to put a bracket on a new chair. A complete EZ lock system would obviously be much more. The wheelchair user needs some "driving skill" to drive the chair straight into the locking system, which at this point my husband doesn't have. So, in our case, I steer my husbands chair into the lock down once he is in the van. From the driver's side, I can see under his chair to do this. We had a strapping system on our old full sized van, and I would recommend the EZ lock, definitely!

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                      • #26
                        All caregivers need to use the knowledge of a licensed Physical Therapist. Not only are there specific stretches and exercises that will strengthen the proper muscles but they will also help develop the proper body mechanics for daily tasks.

                        Lower back strain is very individual. We cannot use an EZ lock with Ryan's current chair (no clearance). The strapping down of his chair is less than 5 % of the stress on my back. My stress factors are rotation and push/pull with weight. A few visits with a PT gave me the stretches, exercises and most important, a quick spasm fix that has been wonderful. She worked with me in that a $40 per visit copay limited my access. She gave me one set of stretches and exercises and I did not go back until just before their system would kick me out (she let me do the work on my own). I went back and updated the plan a few weeks later and again. AS long as I do the work, the back is happy.

                        I have gone from not being able to function, let alone sleep for the back spasms to a much more comfortable life. Granted, I have medical insurance to cover therapy but a $40 per visit copy can add up very quickly. The key was a therapist that was more interested in my back than in her billable hours.--eak
                        Elizabeth A. Kephart, PHR
                        mom/caregiver to Ryan-age 21
                        Incomplete C-2 with TBI since 3/09

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