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tom inpain
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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
worst part of the day for my is getting my shorts/pants on and then "socks" I try and stay as independent as possible. I was wondering if anyone has any tips ? In my last support meeting this subject went from a serious display to a stomach hurting laughter as we all told our stories. While i got a well needed laugh we did not achieve any answers in independent dressing ? Anyone have a stories or tips ??
Tom Lasko


ryand
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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was in the hospital the last time, the OT person sent me home with a special device that I use now to put on my socks. It is like an overgrown shoe-horn that you put your sock onto and then you can just slide your foot right in - all without having to bend over! If I recall, someone else mentioned using one of these in another thread, too. Check with your local OT/PT supplier or your physical therapist if you see one. I would highly recommend the tool.

:-)

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Ry I have one of those too....its great for putting on those socks. Also hubby is a big help in putting on my jeans, undergarments and other stuff when the back is so bad that I cannot move let alone try to put on lower clothing. I wear slip on shoes most of the time for its easier to slip my feet into those then my tennis shoes. But when I have to wear them hubby puts them on for me along with my hunting boots as well.
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

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Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


ryand
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Scarred! I thought someone had said that! Don't you love that thing? Although I have to say it makes me laugh that I get so excited over something like that at this age. Pathetic. Also - it's funny you said slip on shoes... That's me too. I hate tying shoes anymore - just kills the back. But my PT just groans at me when he sees me wearing the slip on things b/c they are BAAAADDD for support. devil I don't have anyone here to tie shoes up for me, so I told my PT guy unless he wants to come over every morning to lace me up, he'll have to live with the slip-ons! LOL! tongue

PAlady
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   Posted 7/27/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Tom,
I'd second everything that's been said. Your PT can be a wealth of info. about various devices that may help you. Also, before my surgery I visited a couple of medical supply stores and the people there are also very knowledgeable. Because like Ry, I would be home alone and I needed to think ahead about how to get dressed, etc.

Thankfully, it's summer and I can wear a lot of Birkenstocks, and before my surgery I found some slip on 'mules" that tied tight and I still use them. All other shoes for the winter are slip on, although now I can tie my sneekers, but I sit and put my foot on my knee to do it. But the tool Ry mentioned should help with socks and such.

Tom, I also want to thank you for your comments on the other thread. When I read them it brought tears to my eyes. So you DID help someone last night - me!

Many thanks,
PaLady
p.s. And I'm waiting for you to join the beach party! yeah

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/27/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah its funny that such a little thing could be so amusing for us. Hubby set up the toilet riser so that when I get the Mylo done that I won't have to bend low to sit down. Also he has gotten the shower chair out and it too is ready for me when I get done.

PA; First reading is posted for the Beach Party...see what ya think
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

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Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


straydog
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am now able for the time being able to get my drawers up, lol, but it ain't a pretty sight to watch. I still struggle some getting a pair of shorts on, real bad about putting both feet into one leg and you know that just never works, hehe.

I have gone back to wearing my Nikes, its helped with my back not getting so tired so fast and since my feet & legs stay swollen, hot, red & angry, I think it helps a little with constant leg pain. Sometimes I can tie them, if not I get the husband to tie them. I have to put his socks and shoes on him every day, as he is not able to do this.

He did buy me one of those gizzmos that picks things up off the floor and I love it. What a difference it makes. My grand baby has a blast with it too. Hugs Susie


Morgoth
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   Posted 7/27/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Note: What is described next happens after I wash and shave of course. I put on my socks while sitting on a bed. I have a stash of cushions placed behind my back (I sit sideways on the bed) and, while leaning backwards against the pillows I pull up my legs one for for to put on my socks. Works for me. Same thing goes for my shoes. It hurts, but the pain is manageable. I put my shoes on before I put on my pants. Now things get awkward with the pants, but first put on your shirt and tie. I place my pants on a non-slippery surface (carpet is best), and mediate my feet through them with the help of my cane while still sitting on the bed. Then, I try to get up while leaning on my desk (I have desks and computer terminals next to my beds) for balance and heave myself to an erect position by using my cane. This leaves me standing with my socks, shoes, shirt and tie already in place. It's just the trousers tound the ankles that form a problem. At this stage, I stand erect, lean against my desk and retain my balance with my left (crushed) hand. I use my right hand to pick up my pants by means of my upside-down cane. I use the grip of the cane to pull my pants up by my belt. Then it's just a question of making yourself presentatble (cufflings, adjust tie, tie clip, uniform jacket, etc.)
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.


ryand
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   Posted 7/27/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't you all sometimes wish we had those handy little robots from the "Jetsons" that would just automatically dress you up whilst you were carried along on a conveyor belt? tongue

straydog
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   Posted 7/27/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You bet, and I would love to have a Rosie,lol.

Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 7/27/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
What about spray on clothes? I mean we could just have a conveyor belt and step on and sort of like a car wash have the soap sprayed on, then be rinsed, air dryed, and then select the clothing we'd like sprayed on for the day? LOL

Sorry, Tom, it's late. My brain is playing trick on me. eyes

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/28/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL PA hey that works too! You know they have robotic vacuums why not ones that help us CP'ers put on our clothing??? My huge problem is stairs. We have three that I have to go down outside and god just those three make it so difficult to even go anywhere! That's why my next house won't have a lot of stairs.....except to a basement where I can go in case of those dreaded "Tornado's". Run Dorthey RuN! ha ha ha

I can just imagine me trying to get down stairs before a twister starts! "Come on Remi lets go we have to get into the basement before the twister takes us to OZ!"
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/28/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL PA hey that works too! You know they have robotic vacuums why not ones that help us CP'ers put on our clothing??? My huge problem is stairs. We have three that I have to go down outside and god just those three make it so difficult to even go anywhere! That's why my next house won't have a lot of stairs.....except to a basement where I can go in case of those dreaded "Tornado's". Run Dorthey RuN! ha ha ha

I can just imagine me trying to get down stairs before a twister starts! "Come on Remi lets go we have to get into the basement before the twister takes us to OZ!"
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


straydog
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   Posted 7/28/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, I live in a 2 story house and hate it. Never, ever, buy a 2 story home. Susie


shannon1
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Tom, i think the others have given u some good ideas...I would def. try a medical supply store and see what they recommend. GL
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