Useful Gadgets and Coping Mechanisms

This is a collection of gadgets and strategies that I have found useful in helping me cope.  I know that they may not be helpful to everyone, but they work for me.  For gadgets, I'm not necessarily advocating any particular brand in most cases, but if  I think a particular brand is much better or worse than another, I will say so.  I would love to hear about similar things others have found.

A collapsible cane is SOOOO nice to have.  I used it at Disneyland, and just  folded it up when I got on the rides.  It opens up again with just a flick of the wrist.  One thing:  make sure that the cane can be adjusted to the appropriate height for you.  Since I'm 5'3",  not all canes work for me.
 This little grabber can't pick up everything, but I've found it very useful for things like putting up and taking down Christmas decorations.  It can't handle anything heavy, but anything that keeps me off of the kitchen stool or stepladder now and then is a good thing.

I use this little cross body bag to carry my cellphone and medication around with me all the time.  That way, when the medication alarm on my phone goes off, I have my pills right with me, so I don't forget.  Sometimes, I have too much neck and shoulder pain to have a weight slung around my neck, and on those days I use a fanny pack instead.

Pill organizers, of course, are very helpful both for "staging" your medication and for estimating how many pills you have left.

I always label the tops of my medication bottles so that I know what they are without taking them out and squinting at the label.  I make the labels on my computer so they can easily be read, even when I get up at 4:00 a.m. and my eyes aren't really open yet!


Robin said...

Love that tip and picture of labeling the prescription bottle tops! I will be using that one-thank you!!

Marian said...

Thanks, Robin. It sure helps me, especially on those blurry mornings when I get up at 3:00 a.m.!

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