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« Thread started on: Sep 14th, 2003, 2:04pm »

I was wondering what your most useful bit of equipment is, and why??

This would cover everything from magnifying glass, special pillow, back rest, mattress cover, massager, stool, tilt stool, shoes, walking stick, wheelchair, (is there a way to make these comfortable?) pen-gripper, rubs, type of clothes....whatever....

I'm discovering I am not making the best use of all the aids that are available to me...so I would appreciate some input here...

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 4:12pm »

I have a cushion, it is great. I take it everwhere with me. Sit on it in car, at computer, at meetings, you get the point. Its space era type material so forms to each persons own, well patooty. If anyone interested can get out of my can and give you name.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 4:22pm »

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Barb, I should really appreciate knowing the name of your cushion.

I'm having a hard time trying to find something that suits...I've tried buckwheat pillows but it just doesn't do it.

Very many thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 4:37pm »

Hello smiley

Other than my husband for massages and my six yr. old for getting things in the other room I"d have to say my rolling pin.
During flare up or bad neck and should pain when hubby's at work it does wonders for "rolling" out the kinks in my neck and shoulders. I can do it by myself with little effort and just a few minutes at a time until I feel better.
I also have a cylander shaped pillow that has a flat bottom and is soft but, firm. It fits perfectly in the crook of my neck for sleeping and helps to avoid a lot of the neck and shoulder pain that I had for so long.

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 4:48pm »

Mrs B, Lisa...a rolling pinhuhhuh??

I could use one this minute on my thigh muscles which have just begun spasming (ouch!!) and have never ever come across this...but what a brilliant idea.

I don't quite see how you use it on shoulders and neck without mashing the bones...(I'm rather boney)...can you explain please?

The cylinder shaped pillows/cushions are good aren't they? I have yet to find one that is the right height for my neck (this is my weakest point...) Where did you get yours? Was it a specialist place?

I've just this minute tried the rolling pin on my thigh and it works!! it really, really works!! Absolutely brilliant!!

I cant for the life of me find a way to use it on my neck or shoulders....Martin just suggested that perhaps you use a smaller one than mine? Mine is 14" long and about 2" in diameter and is wooden. Yours??
huhhuhhuh??

Thankyou, thankyou, Lisa.....
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 5:31pm »

I ordered my cushion from www.dermasafe.com.
They make different types and I've had mine for about 3 yrs now and is still in excellent condition. Has a zip cover so you can wash it.
Hmm, the rolling pin idea sounds good. I do have the roller massagers though that work the same though. I get those muscles that knot up on my legs and hurt like the dickens also. grin
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 6:20pm »

I am having an affair with my water pillow! (Don't tell my husband!). I will not sleep anywhere without my water pillow. Mine is a Mediflow, but there are many other brands out now. I've had it for 10 years and nothing supports my neck better as I move during sleep.
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 6:33pm »

A rolling pin! I never thought of that either!! It sounds great!

Now, I've not even heard of the water pillow, either.

I really should get out more....LOL.

Excellent topic, Karen!!

I totally forgot to say my favorite things. My highest usage is of Absorbine Jr. Stinky but it helps so much for awhile. Then in winter, my heated throw. It's more like a twin-sized blanket, or I'm short enough I get away with using it on the bed.

Does anyone have a "cuddle-ewe" blanket? What I've read so far from folks with FMS is that it is not quite worth the money spent on it. What do you all think?
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 6:55pm »

I don't have the cuddle Ewe blanket but do have the cuddle ewe mattress and I love it. I have two of them, one on bed in house and one in RV. Husband had me order one for the RV. We've had them now for about 3 yrs and can honestly say we love them. We have a pillow top mattress and our sheets go right over top of all of them, the deep pocket ones. I think most of the sheets now are made deep pocket.
Also one of my favorite things are the knit sheets. You know like the t-shirts. They are cool in summer and warm in winter. Never get rough like flannels. Your regular percale bother my legs also. Besides cold. I gave all my other sheets away just use the knit ones now. grin grin grin
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 7:10pm »

my little red walker with the wheels, seat, and bicycle brakes. I take it with me shopping and have a place to sit down any time I need one. Also have a way to carry sacks and packages.

I also have a big full body pilow that I made. And a little neck pillow that looks like a dog bone. I take these two with me where ever I am going to spend the night and can't sleep without them.

I like the rolling pin idea from an earlier post. This is a great topic.

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« Reply #10 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 7:50pm »

Hi all, I have a cooling scarf. I don't know what it's called but It's long and you can tie it around your head or neck or wrist. After you wet it the crystals get cold and stay cold all night ( i use it for migraines). I also put it around my neck on hot days when I have to walk somewhere and it cools me right down. My temperature gage is out of wack! embarassed
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 14th, 2003, 11:06pm »

Great topic Karen!!

I guess at the moment my most useful thing is an herbal heat pak. I just got it a couple of weeks ago at our local fair. It's about a foot long & maybe 4 or 5" wide. It has all kinds of herbs in it, peppermint, chamomile, white willow bark, can't remember what else, lol You just pop it in the micro for a minute & it will fit in any nook or cranny on your body. Stays hot for about 45 min. You not only get heat therapy from it, you also get aroma therapy. It goes where I go.

About the rolling pin & your thighs - is that what that nasty, nasty ache is that I get in my thighs? A spasm? I've had this almost non-stop for 4 days now. Heat helps a little, my pain meds don't touch it. I guess I found a new use for my rolling pin!! cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 01:54am »

on Sep 14th, 2003, 6:33pm, MsJoey wrote:
. My highest usage is of Absorbine Jr. Stinky but it helps so much for awhile.


Jo, what on earth is thishuh

The mind boggles when it tries to work it out??!!

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Aching, I'd love to know more details (name or maker) of your cooling scarf. It sounds perfect for me.....

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 08:33am »

Karen

FANTASTIC thread!

Of course=--don't forget the Home site--I have never seen so many great helpful thingies in one place--in my life.
I'll bring the link: http://www.ourfm-cfidsworld.org/html/assistive_devices_.html


This is one area that I firmly believe the more you have the less you will suffer.

I have 3 different massagers & Oh yeah--Ray too.

I use loads of rubs--not long lasting but helpful at sleep.
BTW that is what Absorbine JR is--a rub.

I use my rice socks--cold and hot.

I use my cane seat--as needed.

I use my cane as a cane & as a trigger point poker. Helps me release them--by myself--the ones I am able to reach.

Love the rolling pin idea.

Knee pillow----neck pillow--looking into body pillow. And you know how I feel about the wrong pillows. They can be so hazardous to us.

I have a couple of stools that are most helpful to me.

I have some grabbers--for reaching high places.

BUT--as you know--I use my housework as an exercise time too--by incorporating more exercise into all my work.

My food scale is most helpful for me too.

Gee--I have & use so many helps--I am unable to think of more at this time.
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 15th, 2003, 09:08am »

rolling pin, how simple and that's probably why I didn't think of it, I tend to make everything difficult! rolleyes

This is such a great topic, Karen, and with so many new people I'll just bet it can go for a long time.

My most useful thing is my buckwheat pillow that goes with me everywhere. Can't sleep without it.

The other thing that my hubby got me is a jar opener. I had those rubber circles but still sometimes had such a stuggle and one day he came home with this opener and use it all the time.

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