Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday's Tip of the Day ~ Personal Care

If you should ever find yourself in an unfortunate situation where you can't use your hands or wrists, 
you will quickly realize that the things you once took for granted, 
are now a difficult, or maybe even impossible task. 
 Hopefully, you will have a loving, caring support person to assist you with your personal care.
(Thanks, hubby)

Here are some tips that I've picked up in the last three weeks.
Visit your Veterinary Clinic and ask for an OB Sleeve.
Yup, this is the long glove that your veterinarian uses during a large animal appointment.
Whether you have a splint, cast, or large bandage,
it works well to protect your wrist and arm during a shower.

It slides on easily and extends to your armpit.
Large rubberbands will hold it in place...
 then fold the upper edge down, 
and add another rubber band.
Never once, did my splint and ace bandage get wet!
(Thanks to my sister-in-law for this great idea and for the sleeve)

After my shower, it hung to dry 
with this clothes pin hook...
and I kept the rubber bands
handy here.

As far as products, I'm not promoting any particular brand,
but the way that they are dispensed.
Some lids are difficult to twist or pop open, 
but I found I could use a pump with my elbow!

And did you notice my shampoo bottle is upside down?
This keeps the product close to the bottle's opening.
I use a squeeze bottle by placing it in the bend of one elbow and catching the product with my other hand.

I find my left hand getting stronger and more coordinated...
but my right hand is limited to lifting nothing heavier than a pencil.
However, I think a mascara wand meets the weight limit...so, I'm back to applying mascara my usual way!

Now, if anyone has ideas for applying some deoderant, 
please share them here!

Take care,
~Natalie

2 comments:

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Great tips!
When my daughter was in an accident and had to be in a wheel chair and non weight for months we had to come up with ways to do daily tasks.
Sorry I don't have any tips for deodorant other than to have someone else put it on for you.
Hope you heal up fast.
Prim Blessings
Robin

M said...

Did I miss something? What happened? Sending lots of good thoughts your way :)

My son has had 6 broken arms...we went to the hospital supply store and got cast covers that slip over the arm and are snug enough fits that he could swim and not get the cast wet! If the gloves get old try to find a cast sleeve!

As for deodorant, place it between your knees while sitting on the edge of a couch or bed...then move your arm pit to the deodorant. I have an extra long torso so it might be why this could work for me...good luck!!