From a previous post you are aware that it's Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
As I have grown older I've had to let go of my pride and use certain tools including every day items to make my life easier.
I am blessed that I don't need any tools to walk such as a wheelchair, cane, walker etc. However, I do have a little trouble with steps.
My ex once built a ramp to our home in the back. Yes, he had some good intentions. I refused to have one in the front for everyone to see. I don't know why. Maybe my pride. Anyway, the ramp gave me more problems than the steps.
If it is one or two steps I am okay but when it comes to more steps it is a challenge. I have handrails on our steps.
Fortunately, there are not too many places I go with a bunch of steps like our Church. There are handrails but Hubby is with me so he just holds my hand and I lead the way up the stairs. He is sorta my support. Or whoever is with me at that time.
I have trouble bending down. I am always dropping something. I cannot bend from knees because it's difficult for me to stand back u. If I bend from my waist it is hard for me to reach down all the way to the floor and maintain my balance trying to pick up something. A few years ago, my hubby bought me a Grip 'N Grab. It is such an awesome tool. It picks up things as small as a sweet pea and as large as a small hard cover book. I've been thinking about getting another one to put in a different part of the house and another for outside. I love it!
Sometimes my clothes get stuck all the way in the back of my dryer or on in the back of my washing machine. I use BBQ Tongs or a spotted spoon!
For many years I have carried laundry baskets of clothes. I hated it. When I carry something bulky or large, it offsets my balance even more than normal and it is just plain awkward. I had started to push the basket with my foot from the bathroom to the laundry, about 30 feet.
Then my loving husband bought this totally awesome rolling hamper.
I am on Aspirin for previous blood clots so I bleed easier if I cut myself. Also, my hands are spastic so sometimes jars and bottles are hard to open. Although I use my Yoshi Blade knife sometimes, these kitchen shears are my tool of choice for cutting, chopping, slicking and opening jars.
So there you go! That's my arsenal of tools that make my life easier.
Share the tools you use to make your life easier, whether you have a disability or not.
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