Many things in life are more complicated with a spinal cord injury. I’ve found several “life hacks” that make every day activities easier. Here are my 5 favorite personal care items.
PROBLEM: Safely and easily shaving
SOLUTION: An epilator
After a spinal cord injury, life goes on. And hair still grows. For years I needed help to safely shave my legs. Until I discovered an epilator. What’s an epilator? An epilator pulls hair from the root with its miniature tweezers. Sitting in bed, I can pull my legs towards my chest and “shave” my legs without assistance. There are few benefits in life with a spinal cord injury. But since I have no feeling in my legs, I can honestly say it is pain-free!
PROBLEM: Hard-to-pump soap containers
SOLUTION: PROVON automatic foam soap dispenser
Clean hands are important when cathing or washing off everything that collects on your hands after pushing a manual chair. The PROVON automatic soap dispenser takes the reaching, pumping, and mess of a bottle of soap out of the equation. The soap is sold separately. (The soap quite a bit more than the dispenser, but one container will last months.) This little gadget has made washing my hands almost… enjoyable.
PROBLEM: Looking at your bum
SOLUTION: Vanity mirror
Let’s clarify one thing. I’m not looking at my rear out of vanity! Routinely checking one’s skin for breakdown is a must for anyway with loss of sensation. Each night when I get in to bed, I undress and then – with the assistance of a mirror – look at the points most vulnerable to skin breakdown: the ischium (butt bones) and sacral area.
PROBLEM: Tight neck and shoulder muscles – or I’m just plain cold
SOLUTION: Mother Earth Triggerpoint Pillow
My neck and shoulders are often fatigued from the overuse they receive. And in the winter (well, let’s be honest, all year round) I often can’t get warm. An acquaintance from the rehab facility in town recommended Mother Earth Triggerpoint Pillows. This therapuetic pillow can be heated up in the microwave to relieve tense or sore muscles. It is heavy. But the bonus of the weight is that it helps to pull the shoulders down and stretch out those muscles out. And it’s so nice and warm that in the winter I’ll heat it up when I just can’t seem to get warm. This pillow can also be chilled, but I’ve tried it.
PROBLEM: What to put on between the shower and getting dressed
SOLUTION: A terrycloth wrap
Using a rolling shower chair is convenient, but what do you cover up with in between the shower and dressing? This cute and comfy wrap fastens in the back with Velcro and is easily to put on while in a seated position.
What are some of your favorite personal care items