Clean(er) Hands

With the excitement of Halloween behind us (although unfortunately still all too present in the decorations I have yet to put away), my mind is already beginning to look forward.  I love this time of year. The crisp air outside draws me inside, next to our already busy fireplace.  Unfortunately the confinement of everybody indoors […]

A friendly squeeze …

This little guy is about 4 inches tall and he’s made of rubber. He sat on my husbands desk for years and I remember how Dick would squeeze the dickens out of him to exercise his hands.  When Dick passed away in 1990 I put the little guy on my desk and he’s remained there […]

Patchwork Pants

Despite having the same level of amputation, amputees can struggle with very different issues. Socket fit, components and phantom limb pain are all issues that greatly impact an individual’s emotional and physical well-being. While the big issues are dependent upon a number of variables, many times the smaller aggravations tend to be universal. I have […]

Waiting for the Right Trend

I am not much for trends. But every once and a while a trend will come along that I like and I will quickly jump on board. Usually I stay long after everyone else has jumped ship; my Blackberry is a great example of this. However, I do not do trendy things for the sake […]

My old arthritic hands …

At age 81 my old hands are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aches and pains.  However I feature them here to make a point. Over the past few years I’ve lost most of the strength in my hands and it was  getting harder and harder for me to open jars. […]

Slow Cooker Cooking

I love all seasons, but there is something extra special about the change from hot to cool weather that leaves me feeling refreshed and excited. Digging the warm sweaters out from the back of my closet, sitting around the fire pit with friends on a Saturday night and finding the slow cooker out from under […]

How My Wheelchair Gave Me Independence

When you have a disability, there are two types of assistive devices, those you need in order to function and those you want because they make life a little easier. The items that fall into ‘need’ vs ‘want’ kind of depends on your level of disability. Personally, I see nothing wrong with using both kinds […]

The Very Non-Traditional Roll-In Shower

Accessible showers; love them or hate him they are a fact of life if you can’t walk, but the good news – there are a lot of accessible showers to choose from. They vary on your mobility level, so you only have to install what you absolutely need. All some people need is a simple […]

His visit to the museum …

This is another product that I don’t have personally but that comes highly recommended by Fred, the husband of a dear friend.  It is his Travelon Walking Seat & Cane. Over the years Fred and his wife have traveled extensively and they always looked forward to visiting the famous museums in cities where they stayed. […]

80’s Fashion to the Rescue!

A few days ago I headed out for my quarterly shoe-shopping trip. In all fairness I have never been a shoe lover. My indifference towards footwear has only deepened since I became an amputee.  Unlike many of my friends for whom shoe shopping becomes a favorite past time, I try to limit my forays into […]

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