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    Gee, it'd be nice to get rid of adaptive equipment

    Originally posted by rlmtrhmiles View Post
    As tooley says, GET AWAY FROM ADAPTIVE STUFF. That stull not only changes you physically, but also mentally. The longer that goes on it even is harder. I am not a quad, but I am trying to toss every damn thing I can out the window. This is working and countless things are happening.
    if we had the respective spinal connections to do so.
    The best tools not to live without would be my HANDS.


      As a non-SCI but with fluctuating mobility issues, and the memory span of your average housefly due to neurologic issues, I'd hafta say, my go-tos are a notebook & pencil/pen, iphone, service dog with mobility harness, and my Zra wheelchair. I used to just not do things when I had symptoms impairing if I was out shopping, I'd only do that on very very good days, and if I was having trouble, I'd sit down on the floor in the middle of the grocery store or lean on the grocery cart and just....wait. My symptoms range from normal motor control to severe involuntary movements, which fluctuate wildly by the moment, but with my Zra, I can push it and lean on it when I need to, leave it in the car/at home (I almost always take it with me!) if it's a really good day, or use it when I need to as much as I need to. I used to just use a hospital chair, but that really sucked in terms of great difficulty loading it and how awfully uncomfortable it was for me. I'd say the very very biggest thing for me is my service dog, though. He can do things for me that I can't do for myself, and acts a a walking-assistance device so he is a pretty good candidate for cannot do without. He's also really improved my self-confidence...something no meds, therapy, or device of any sort has done.
      Tourette's Syndrome - motor tics of the legs, feet and back, which can make it difficult or impossible to walk


        Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
        Do you transfer to the floor of the bathtub to shower? Tip of my hat if you can do that. I don't, not sure that I can or would want to try. I agree that less adaptive equipment the better (and far less costly) but I wouldn't necessarily want to plant the suggestion that those who require, or simply feel safer, using adaptive equipment are somehow missing "it" or not manning up. I'm not at all suggesting that you're driving that message, but it's important to keep in mind that everyone is different and have varying abilities to adapt. It's easy enough to feel inadequate after becoming disabled and there's a temptation for people to compound those feelings when they self-disparagingly compare themselves to others, often with very incomplete information upon which to make such comparisons.
        Well said, stephen212, thanks for saying that. I'd also like to mention that transferring to/from the floor of the tub is believed to be not the healthiest thing to do for your shoulders. I understand if you need to do it now and then, I certainly love a good bath and do it myself, but on a daily basis is a bad idea. I don't mean to say the original poster was saying that's what he did (or what one should do), but I can't help but point it out.


          Loyalty. I've been going to the same gas station for almost 20yrs. They know I'm in a chair ... they take care to check everything especially when I'm headed to Toronto. Will put air in my tires for me - especially in winter so I don't freeze. I've been known to tip them a coffee here and there. Same two self-serve gas stations but only when I'm in a crunch ... one's in the county and one's in the city here.

          Also same doctor and dentist (well until mine retired a couple a years ago but seeing the guy who took over for him).

          Same grocery store for twenty years as well, though I visit others sometimes. I know cashiers from twenty years back and feel totally comfortable asking for someone to reach something or carry bags for me.

          I've switched mechanics over the years but finally found a good one last year (my ex used to fix everything before). Also same oil change place - again, they take my payment for me and I don't have to get out of the car as it's guaranteed in fifteen minutes (also my car dealership). Same car wash place too as they know my deal. Same drug store too.

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          T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


            i dunno what i'd do without wegmans lol they hve a special service that takes your groceries out for u and they will help u reach things too(u can get your ow assistant when u get to the store)

            my best adaptive tools are my nails and teeth. i can put a contact on a long fingernail and stick it in my eye, long thumbnails are good for peeling oranges and scooping up things like a small pill/beads.

            i thread pens through my fingers to help stabilize them. same with knives so i dont have to grip them. it's good as i only have real use of my index fingers and thumbs on each had, so i type with my nails.
            "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"


              Originally posted by Tim C. View Post
              if we had the respective spinal connections to do so.
              The best tools not to live without would be my HANDS.
              Lol. Seriously

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                I read about reach flossers on here and they work really for me. I hated having someone else floss my teeth!!

                C5/6 complete 10/27/2009 MVA

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                  Thank you Rachelle, finally, an SCI'd that ..

                  Originally posted by ECUrach85 View Post
                  Lol. Seriously
                  Thank you Rachelle, finally, an SCI'd that didn't lose her common sense when she lost her axons. Few things I'd rather do than to kick my dependency on velcro, but then I'd probably starve I'm tired of watching my hands flap in the breeze. Not a day goes by that I'm not desperately trying to somehow outstretch my fingers on command from their semi-curled position they have remained in for the past 10 years. F#&K !!


                    Originally posted by QnMary View Post
                    I read about reach flossers on here and they work really for me. I hated having someone else floss my teeth!!

                    I found the disposable ones wasteful. Also I couldnt get it through my tightly spaced teeth as I need the glide floss. I got from my dentist a Y shaped holder on which I replace the floss.
                    Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer


                      Originally posted by KSpell View Post
                      what do quads, even super quads (with extremly strong wrists) do for cutting meat especially at restaruants?
                      Be cool. Ask for them to cut it in the kitchen. Leave above 30%. How valuable is your time? Money makes the world go round. If you're going to go out, think about what you will need to ask for.

                      For me, it is limited to a cutting the meat and pouring some my beer into a plastic cup and maybe a straw. Nothing that a restaurant cannot handle.



                        For the quadriplegic, some useful tools:

                        1. Automatic letter opener
                        2. Knife with a Velcro loop on the handle
                        3. vise to hold nail clippers, etc.
                        4. High-speed rotary tool (Dremel)-I put a diamond disk and can cut, grind, and sculpt. It is useful, for example, for opening plastic clamshell packaging. I have a powerful one that plugs in the wall and a cordless battery-powered one.
                        5. Electric toothbrush, electric flosser, electric shaver
                        6. Save the plastic hooks on catheter bags to tape, glue, or wire to such things as telephones, remote controls, tools (such as the high-speed rotary tool).

                        If there is interest, I can post more and include images if the descriptions are unclear. I'm in the final stages of writing a manuscript and submitting for publication. I will include an extensive list and set up a website with images for those with an interest.


                          I am not a quad, but I love to wear boots. I found when pushing foot down into the foot of my boot my toes would curl under. I took an old credit card and cut it in half and trimmed the ends. I then wrapped packing tape to secure to toes. My toes no longer curl under, and I can slide boot on my foot. I used this for cowboy & biker boots.
                          Incomplete T-12/L-1


                            Not exactly a tool but useful option for wheelchairs (at least for a quad C7 I know): caster pin locks.
                            They stabilize your chair when you transfer or when you sit on toilets and have spasticity in your legs
                            My TR3


                              I always carry an apron. It protects my pants from food stains and I transport items such as pens, dishes and silverware, which would fall to the floor without it.

                              Fat pens are another must. They are easier to grip.

                              I really like leather shoelaces, which can be made into loops to grip pockets on purses, zippers or knapsacks.

                              Unsharpened pencils with erasers are a must-have to dial a telephone (except iPhone) and type.


                                Def Allen wrench and duct tape! Also the Cripper. I got one for Matt this year and it has made a huge difference.
                                Last edited by Gentrie; 12 Dec 2012, 1:11 PM. Reason: Spelling