• Clester replied to the topic Bladder Control in the forum Clester 4 weeks ago

    My wife takes oxybutynin. She still has the occasional accident, usually it’s when our schedule gets messed up. Her diabetes does influence it as well, if her sugar levels are too low in the morning she can’t go like she should and that usually makes the urgency in the afternoon come earlier.

  • Clester replied to the topic Adapted hobbies in the forum Adults Living with FA 2 months ago

    My wife went from a regular fishing pole to a cane pole to an electric pole, with a big button that lays in her lap, that I made her. Of which I believe I posted a link to a picture of the pole in the fishing /outdoor activities (I believe it’s something like that).

  • Clester replied to the topic Cold feet in the forum Adults Living with FA 2 months ago

    On a side note along those lines. If you have a dog. I’ve seen people put blankets in the dog houses during the winter. Real bad idea. Absolutely can kill a dog and have seen it happen. Use straw, wool blanket or wool bedding material. you you can get it from a farmer or tractor supply company. Straw works like wool. Insulates and keeps moisture…[Read more]

  • Clester replied to the topic Cold feet in the forum Adults Living with FA 2 months ago

    There is a saying with outdoor type people, in cold weather …… “cotton kills”. Use as high a wool content sock as you can find. Preferably Marino wool. Or alpaca wool.
    The oils from your body and the moisture in the air are absorbed by cotton and causes them to become cold. Wools naturally keep that from happening.
    One time when I was a scout…[Read more]

  • Great way to relax, help with patience, self control, coordination and just enjoymemt. I even reload my own bullets….. Super relaxing. Lol
    Glue a quarter on a stick and try to hit it. Lol indoor range probably won’t let you but most outdoor ranges should. Or on a calm day use a lit candle in a box. Or some clay trap shooting targets placed on…[Read more]

  • My wife tried to get herself out of the van by herself. I was carting in groceries that I had to get out of the way of moving her wheelchair. Just as I stepped out of the, house I saw it. She accidently hit her joystick and off she went off the lift before it was even half way down. Luckily she landed in grass on her side. That didn’t do any…[Read more]

  • I know I’m a different kind of a guy so I can’t speak for all guys, but I personally don’t like women with makeup(maybe a little lipstick or gloss). I much prefer to see you the way you are. To me it is extremely rare to find a woman that looks better with makeup and way more times than not I think it makes most women less attractive.
    That and I…[Read more]

  • Clester replied to the topic Halloween 2019 in the forum Adults Living with FA 3 months ago

    Made my wife into a peacock one year. Got some real peacock Feathers, used a styrofoam(craft/or florist) ring cut in half, poked really long ones in and glued them in place. Attached it to the back of her chair(still have it hanging on her daughter’s wall above the tv) . Attached smaller ones to her feet and various places on her chair. Got her…[Read more]

  • Made parts for and/or worked on literally everything from steam engines to the space shuttle. Designed and built a small car from scratch(over52mpg), small backhoe from an old garden tractor , electric fishing pole, and numerous(too many things to even remember) other things.
    Had designed a track driven wheelchair (for off roading/hiking) for my…[Read more]

  • I made one for my wife that mounts on her armrest. It is solid aluminum and can flip down out of the way. Made it to fit the good tervis cups with the handles. No plastic. It has taken a beating for several years now. I wanted to make and sell them cheaply, until I lost my shop that is.

  • Since the Dr tried to kill my wife she isn’t even able to reposition herself anymore. So pressure sores are a very real threat and I have to keep an eye out at all times.
    I keep a good $400 seat cushion under her, even when I put her in a manual chair. Best prevention is to make sure that clothing is not bunched up or that you are sitting on any…[Read more]

  • We had experience with concert venues before, how hard it is many times to get wheelchair accessible seating and it took a class action suit to at least somewhat fix it. So I didn’t even try.
    With the seating it is with buying tickets it’s first come first serve and for wheelchair accessible seating they made you fill out forms and wait sometimes…[Read more]

  • My wife and I have been traveling all up and down the east coast from Michigan to Florida. She can’t get herself on or off of the bathroom. We have to use family bathrooms and finding those just anywhere are hard. We’ve come to learn to just having to find the nearest Walmart.
    Along that topic how about parking spots. Extremely frustrating when…[Read more]

  • Clester replied to the topic Medical Marijuana in the forum Adults Living with FA 4 months ago

    Anyone heard of or tried kratom? It’s a herb along the lines of Marijuana but you don’t smoke it.

  • Some of Michigan’s beaches have walkways out close to the waters edge.
    Just came from Clearwater Beach in Florida and for free they have beach wheelchairs available. My wife for the first time got to get in the ocean(gulf of Mexico).
    Extremely beautiful beach. Guess that’s why they call it America’s most beautiful beach. Pure white natural sand,…[Read more]

  • As a pilot I would recommend calling both airports and in form them of your situation, dates of travel, what type of chair/assistive devices and medications(my wife is diabetic) etc you will be needing to take with you.
    Remember to call BOTH airports(that is if it’s a round trip. Lol)
    I’ve heard horror stories and very accommodating stories with…[Read more]

  • A friend I’ve helped out on occasion has a large key keyboard and a large screen touch screen computer. He uses it a lot everyday.
    To aid in his using his computer he has a computer chair that he has rigged up with a seat belt that he straps around his chest to keep him secure in it. He even has a small refrigerator close enough to his computer…[Read more]

  • Great letter. Great advice.
    How many healthy people out there complain about stupid little things and get depressed and angry. If they only knew how good they have it. My wife can’t hardly do anything anymore and has a real hard time speaking and gets frustrated when she has to constantly repeat herself. But still she keeps going on. I try my best…[Read more]

  • My wife’s chair is one of the big fancy powered chairs with the tall tires. Does ok on grass as long as it’s dry. Even a little dew present and the slightest hill and it just won’t go in grass. It is een trying to find wider wheels for it but can’t so I’m going to have to make some. Lol

  • And yes her cardiologist approved the cutting of her medication.
    I’ve gotten used to, when she isn’t feeling right to check her blood sugar and her blood pressure. Which is how I caught the need to cut the medications. (especially since the Dr tried to kill her).

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