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IS ANYONE USING THEIR WHEELCHAIR FOR THEIR UNUSEABLE HAND ?


Maxine

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i WAS JUST WONDERING IF ANY ONE IS USING THEIR WHEELCHAIR AS THEIR HAND NOW ...IF SO CAN YOU TELL ME HOW...I USE MINE TO CARRY THINGS INTO OTHER ROOMS LIKE LAUNDRY,CLEANING SUPPLIES, COOKING ETC...I OPEN ALLOT OF STUFF BY PUTTING IT BETWEEN MY KNEES THEN OPENING WITH MY GOOD HAND,DUSTING N CLEANING ETC...I CANT BEND DOWN N GET BACK UP SO USING THE CHAIR PUTS ME AT A DISTANCE SO I CAN REACH UNDER CABINETS - GET TO LOWER SHELVES IN FRIDGE ETC...BASICALLY ANYTHING I NEED TO REACH FOR OR CARRY TO ANOTHER ROOM ...IVE TRIED THE BAG AROUND THE SHOULDER N THIS ADDS PAIN IN MY GOOD SHOULDER N MOST OF THE TIME HAVE MY BAD ARM HOUSTED UP IN A SLING(FOR ARM SUBLUXATION) SO THAT PUTS PRESSURE ON BOTH MY SHOULDERS IF I USE A BAG LIKE THAT...IVE TRIED DIFFFERENT THINGS BUT FIND MY WHEELCHAIR IS THE EASIEST WAY OF ACCOIMPLISHING MY TASKS...I USE A CANE WHEN I WALK SO THAT KEEPS ME FOM CARRYING ANYTHING AT ALL WITH IT....IS THERE ANYONE THAT USES THEIR CHAIR FOR THIS N CAN U TELL ME HOW AND WHAT YOU USE YOURS FOR? THANKS

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Welcome to the Blog world come anytime and write, read or just vent how time goes for you. I used a chair for a few months after release from my very long stay in the hospital (5 months) and near that at home in the WC. I had my wife there and she quit her job to be home with me. I soon learned to walk with a cane, climb stairs and started driving again as a very happy man.

 

You can probably get the shoulder bag to hang on the WC armrest with the bag part inside the seat beside you. Then if you carry the cane on the foot rest or that bag on the chair back to use in standing up to reach items in the refrig or cabinets you got it made.

 

More therapy will be needed for you to overcome using the WC like I did but then I got my 3 wheel scooter and I never looked back at what I once couldn't do for myself. It will get better for you as well it just takes time lots of time and therapy to go the distance where you feel good about what you can do. It's still great your husband is with you during this recovery.

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Not my wheel chair but I have an office chair that I use to do work in lower cabinets or lower refrigerator shelves. Right now, I'm using my wheelchair for a coat rack.

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Not my wheel chair but I have an office chair that I use to do work in lower cabinets or lower refrigerator shelves. Right now, I'm using my wheelchair for a coat rack.

 

 

THATS AWESOME...COAT RACK....LOL...WISH I COUD USE MINE FOR THAT

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Hello Maxine

I live between a walker with a tray, seat and sack, and a power chair. Use one of those 'grabber' things to reach without leaning dangerously far.

Since my left hand goes between unreliable and useless, I've had to get used to a one handed existence, so cane walking is right out for me. My chairs are truly powerful, so they can help me move furniture when cleaning. I frequently push all manner of things that I could otherwise not move.

We all devise workarounds to cope with our limitations.

It pays to celebrate every little victory in our survival story.

 

Dorothy

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Maxine,

You have to do what works for you. A really good book is ONE-HANDED IN A TWO-HANDED WORLD IT HELPED ME A LOT.

-WILL

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thanks everyone ...sometimes i just think peope think i am using my wheelchair as a crutch to not walk - but i really do need it to function here around the house..i am one handed with no use of my left arm and limited left leg use - i really wobble when i walk n hate it when someone says just concentrate its all in your head you can do it if you try...and the best ive heard is you guys arent helping her a bit bu babying her,,,that was in the early stages of this stroke...omg - they have no idea how i concentrate and try - anyway - thanks everyone...one day at a time

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omg - i didn't mean you guys it was a commnt made by a person whenever any one would help me out that evening... she said you guys aren't helping her any by babying her...i just read this

again and sounded like i meant you guys on here ... no way.. u all understand

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