Now settle down you old geezers. I am not writing about revitalizing your libido. The Picker-up and Grabber that I have in mind is this one:
I had never even heard of this tool until I fractured my hip back in 2011. I was introduced to it while recuperating in rehab and it has proved to be indispensable. The grip was easy to handle and the pick-up end proved to be extremely versatile.
I remember early in my recovery when one of my get well cards slid off the bed and I didn’t want to bother a nurse or an aide for such a small item. It was then that I first used the gripper and I was pleased to see that, not only was the rod long enough to reach, but it easily picked up the card
So now I knew that the gripper was able to pick up something as small and light as a card but what about other items? I decided to try it out. I picked up medicine bottles, towels, magazines and my make-up kit. It was almost too easy and I think it was then that I decided to have fun with it.
The breakfast tray had not been picked up yet and I still had a half full cup of coffee on it. So, very carefully, I encircled the cup with the pick-up end and, making sure that I didn’t loosen my grip, I brought it to my free hand. Voila! It worked. I didn’t think until after the fact about the mess it would have made if it hadn’t!
Now, as I write this, it is almost two years later. I’ve recuperated just fine but I still rely on my Picker-upper. It’s one of the handiest tools I have. I use it outside for picking up litter and pine cones and inside it’s great for grabbing items that are stored up high. It makes me wonder how I managed without it.