Tools as adaptive aids

    • April 22, 2024 at 2:35 am

      I have CIDP which was getting worse for some months, and now (cross fingers)
      is improving, but I’ve lost a lot of muscle. So at times I’ve had to use
      various aids for common tasks.

      As a long-time tinkerer/creator, I have a lot of tools, clamps etc. so
      naturally that’s what I think of for aids rather than something from a
      specialty store. Everyone needs a force multiplier like a lever or winch
      sometimes; there’s nothing to be ashamed of in using a vise instead of holding
      a part in your hand to work on it.

      One of my go-to tools is a pair of “groove-joint pliers”. The jaws open to a size
      suitable for opening bottles, or close to virtually zero. I’ve used them to
      tear pull tabs from something like yogourt containers, or pull up trousers, or open a clip that my fingers aren’t strong enough to do unaided.

    • April 22, 2024 at 2:36 am

      Apparently they’re called “groove-joint pliers”. This image from Canadian Tire.Groove-joint pliers