A collection of tips that didn’t fall neatly into any of the other categories:
Back to Lowe’s for your medical supplies! This is the product we’re talking about, but there are many similar brands, manufacturers, shapes and sources.
What problem does this solve? Right after my Wife’s knee surgery, it was very painful for her to bend the knee and it was almost impossible to lift the foot off the floor. When she went to sit in a chair, she would use her good leg and arms to lower herself into the chair, but the foot on the surgery leg needed to “slide forward” to keep the knee straight. If the foot didn’t slide, the pain was extreme.
The foot didn’t slide. There was too much friction between her foot and the floor. We tried a towel and a sock on the tile floors, but that was still too much friction. Nothing worked if the chair was on carpet.
To solve the problem, I put furniture sliders on the floor beside each chair and toilet. To sit down, my Wife would first put her surgery-side foot on the slider and then lower herself into the sitting position. The slider allowed the foot to slide forward easily, thus keeping the knee straight. It works in reverse on the way up, too.
P.S. The sliders also work really, really well for moving furniture.
Quarter sheet pans
These are Goldilocks pans. Not too big and not too small. The size is just right to collect, corral, and carry your stuff during recovery. Read the rest of this entry »