June 13, 2006 at 10:08 am

When I couldn’t move my legs to the side of the bed, I used to have to use my arms to move them. I also had a thin wooden sliding board to put under them to make them easier to slide. I also use a shower chair & a handheld shower head to shower. My towel ring is right next to the shower, so I can reach it. I use a sponge & put shower gel on it to wash. My husband put one of those suction units right at my reach for my sponge, my shower gel, & my shampoo. I switched to the 2 in 1 shampoo to save time also.

I can walk, but i still use my powerchair a lot in the morning while on the computer & to read the newspaper. No other chair is as comfortable & has such good back support. It also conserves energy that I may need later in the day. I also have a manual wheelchair, but with my broken collarbone, I no longer use it. I also use AFOs to walk as they support my ankles, as well as correcting my foot drop. I take a cane for extra stability when I go outside the house.

When I go out to the grocery store or mall with my husband, I always push the cart, as that works like a walker for me. With sturdy railing, I can do most stairs. But I always lead with my left leg, as it is a little bit stronger. When I put a load of clothes away I always use my powerchair, as it saves so much on walking. I also have my clothes in my closet on a low rack, makes it so much easier. I try to save as much as I can on energy in the morning, so that I can walk the rest of the day.