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    Hey all,

    My nephew recently became an SCI C6 patient and is in rehab at Magee in Philly. As you all know, weight shifting needs to be done consistently throughout the day. For new SCI patients, this can be easy to forget, so I developed a little iPhone app - wsTimer - that gives the patient an audible reminder when to start weight shift and end it, then restarting the sequence. As per Magee instructions - the weight shift in the wheel chair is 5 minutes long, with 30 minutes between shifts.

    This is just the first cut of the app - with updates coming - user definable event durations and intervals, etc.

    It's free, so give it a try if interested - if any ideas on improvement, let me know - this is a work in progress, and if there is anything I can do, I'll do it!

    You can download it from the Apple APP store - search for wsTimer, quadriplegic, or weight shift. Should work on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
    Last edited by tweaver60; 03-07-2011, 09:33 AM.
    Learn from the past, but always look forward...

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    We teach weight shifts for 15 seconds every 15 minutes for most. You should consider adjusting the ap so this can be selected, or have a different one available.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      Yes, I will be adding that functionality to the next version - should be out this week - user definable durations

      Thanks!
      Learn from the past, but always look forward...

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      • #4
        wsTimer App version 1.1 available any day

        Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
        We teach weight shifts for 15 seconds every 15 minutes for most. You should consider adjusting the ap so this can be selected, or have a different one available.

        (KLD)
        Version 1.1 will have user definable times for time between weight shifts, weight shift durations and how long out you want to schedule weight shift notifications - should be approved any day by Apple

        UPDATE:: It's out an available for download from the App store!
        Last edited by tweaver60; 03-12-2011, 09:01 AM.
        Learn from the past, but always look forward...

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        • #5
          awesome tw.

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          • #6
            Agreed, that's an excellent idea.

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            • #7
              spam

              Awesome! Absolutely great, wish there were more people in the world like you.
              I will tweet this to try and get the info out there!
              www.KeithLarocque.com

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              • #8
                greetings and thanks for the work!

                my father-in-law was at magee (room 546) up until the middle of last week - went to Lourdes for flap surgery, and, as of monday night, just started his bed rest at cooper river west in camden.

                i was at the nursing home with him last night debating options for weight shift/turning timers, and that led me to find your app - the only issue is that we cannot seem to get it working properly, as there are no alerts that pop up or alarms that go off when it is time...

                any ideas? (iphone 4 and 3GS, software v. 4.3)

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                • #9
                  Awesome idea! I am downloading this on my iphone right now. Thanks for creating this app!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sandor View Post

                    i was at the nursing home with him last night debating options for weight shift/turning timers, and that led me to find your app - the only issue is that we cannot seem to get it working properly, as there are no alerts that pop up or alarms that go off when it is time...

                    any ideas? (iphone 4 and 3GS, software v. 4.3)
                    Thanks for using the app - I assume you are trying to use the timer in the background mode - this is highly recommended. If so, make sure you set up the durations. If you have and your still not getting anything sounds, check your volume. Also, to get a visual alert, be sure to set the Show Notifications to ON - if this is not set, you will only get a audio alert, and if the sound is turned down, you may not even hear it.

                    Also, make sure the app goes into the background (just hit your home button once) - this works by using local notifications, which will only show up when the app that scheduled them is in the background. I know this seems odd, but that's how Apple has structured local notifications. I'm working on the next version will attempt to alert when it is the current app. The foreground mode works fine, but it has to be in foreground all the time, and your phone never goes into auto-lock (General setting that must set to never).

                    Hope this helps - My nephew is still at Magee, we may have passed in the halls at sometime - good luck with everything.

                    Let me know if you can't get this to work - we'll figure it out!
                    Last edited by tweaver60; 03-31-2011, 05:42 PM.
                    Learn from the past, but always look forward...

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                    • #11
                      WS Timer Question

                      Originally posted by tweaver60 View Post
                      Thanks for using the app - I assume you are trying to use the timer in the background mode - this is highly recommended. If so, make sure you set up the durations. If you have and your still not getting anything sounds, check your volume. Also, to get a visual alert, be sure to set the Show Notifications to ON - if this is not set, you will only get a audio alert, and if the sound is turned down, you may not even hear it.

                      Also, make sure the app goes into the background (just hit your home button once) - this works by using local notifications, which will only show up when the app that scheduled them is in the background. I know this seems odd, but that's how Apple has structured local notifications. I'm working on the next version will attempt to alert when it is the current app. The foreground mode works fine, but it has to be in foreground all the time, and your phone never goes into auto-lock (General setting that must set to never).

                      Hope this helps - My nephew is still at Magee, we may have passed in the halls at sometime - good luck with everything.

                      Let me know if you can't get this to work - we'll figure it out!

                      Hi TW,

                      I got your app several weeks ago, and I still can't figure it out. I really want to use it (as it would be exceedingly helpful) but honestly I cannot - even with the above explanation - get it to work. I don't understand the instructions, and I graduated from Harvard. I was wondering if you might make a very simple list of steps to follow. I need your app!

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                      • #12
                        it works good for me, have u still not figured it out?

                        first line sets the time of shift, 15 minutes
                        second line sets how long u shift for, 1 minute is lowest
                        third line scheduled out, really hadnt figured what that does, got mine on 1 hour and 30 minutes, maybe the time your going to be up

                        just hit the button in background and your done.....
                        hit the green button again and it will stop, and while your up just go to program hit green button - run in background and it will ding at ya.......

                        the bottom on off is for the foreground....

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                        • #13
                          Scheduled out time setting in wsTimer

                          All,

                          The 'scheduled out time' setting is how long into the future you would like to schedule your weight shift notifications. For example, if you wake up in the morning, and you want to schedule them for the day - enter 12 hours for example. SO throughout the day, you'll be getting notifications (based on your timer entries) to do your weight shifts - at 8:00pm, they will stop.

                          Hope this helps,

                          Tim
                          Learn from the past, but always look forward...

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                          • #14
                            need a pain /med record app

                            if anyone come across a good app android or apple for med tracking, let me know. i am looking for something fast, that will sync with a pc . maybe a spreadsheet,since a lot of open source such as g docs and open office.
                            i want to be able to list my meds , or my nicknames,for privacy,don't want a cop pulling me over and seeing what i am taking and then automatically thinking i am dui, when he may have pulled me over for something not driving related. cell phones in a lot of areas they will try to look for incriminating stuff. i want area to list notes that are easily searchable. being able to use reqall to voice call it in too.
                            i have been using evernote, but sometimes i want a quick month view of one med, where a spreadsheet would excel, evernote is not that great , or slow, i want an auto filler, ;like a shopping list for weekly items, maybe RTM would work, havent really tried that one yet.
                            i also like to be able to add in anything out of ordinary, so when my pain is higher or lower, or one type of pain returns, i can also look at my activities, diet,stress levels, this way i hae a chance of finding a trigger. i will rewrite this and start a thread on it,so i don't hi jack yours and your app, just wanted to put it in your brain. i saw a pain in in the apple store with,IMO stupid colors and numbers, IMO that is for the newbies in pain, not the chronic, that are also looking at blood tests to see if the meds are causing other medical problems problems. thanks
                            cauda equina

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                            • #15
                              With the new operating system the weight shift timer doesn't work. Is there an upgrade on the way? I hope so.

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