Things to Live By
Here are some useful products that make life easier and more independent for stroke survivors, people with aphasia, people who use only one hand, people with mobility issues and physical disabilities, and anyone who wants to make their day a little easier around the house, in the kitchen, grooming, reading, writing, moving around, going out, traveling, working, playing, enjoying life.
My speech, occupational and physical therapists helped me learn to be independent by teaching me techniques for one-handed living, a weak right leg, and speech problems from aphasia. Then, it was up to me to continue to find new tricks and tools for my personal care, household chores, work and play. Like most people, we live on a tight budget. So, instead of ordering from an expensive medical equipment supplier, we look for gadgets in our local department store, hardware store, drug store, and occasionally a specialty catalog. You can find almost anything on Amazon, so we have provided a link to Amazon to see and order products like mine.
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Popping for Health
I enjoy fresh popped popcorn at home, and after reading the research that popcorn can contribute to a healthy diet, I might eat a little more. I don't use microwave popcorn - it's too expensive, has extra calories, some gets burned, and it's hard to open with one hand. I use a hot air popcorn popper.
Important Daily Helper
Staying healthy after a stroke often requires taking multiple medications. It is very important to take them on schedule, as the doctor directs. Missing doses or mixing them up can make you sick.
Fruit and Vegetable Brush
I like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. My favorites are apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, grapes, and sweet red peppers. I use a brush with suction cups to hold it to the bottom of the sink under the faucet. It's quick and easy to use with one hand. You can also use it as a fingernail brush to clean under your hand and fingernails.
Iced Tea Maker
I like to drink iced tea all year-round, and usually make a pitcher at a time. To do this safely with one hand, I use a Iced Tea Maker, instead of a kettle. A full kettle of boiling water is difficult to pour into a pitcher, even if you haven't suffered a stroke. This Iced Tea Maker is light-weight and quick and easy to use. I brew green tea with a bag of peppermint tea for flavor. It's very refreshing and healthy.
Recently, I had dental surgery that required some gentle flossing. While I have a one-handed flosser that I use every night, I couldn't use it around those teeth. My dentist suggested a Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, set at a lower level. It is easy to use with one hand, and the water tank is easy to fill with one hand. Now I use it in the morning and in the evening, I've recovered nicely from the surgery, and my teeth and smile feel clean and fresh.
More Dental Care
Dental health is important to overall health for everyone, including stroke survivors. I use my teeth as a "second hand," to hold things, tear open small packages, etc. My dentist suggested that in addition to brushing and flossing, I should use a special plaque removing tool once a day before bedtime. I use the G-U-M Go-Betweens Proxabrush Cleaners. They have antibacterial bristles that keep the tiny brush clean between uses. They are easy to use, almost like a toothpick, and easy to pack for travel.
Floss With One Hand
Dentists tell you to floss at least once a day. I use this flossing system, which is a big improvement over the flossing product I had used in the past. Before, to floss with one hand, I needed Stephanie to first thread the floss onto a y-shaped handle. With this system, individual flossing units snap onto the handle, which I learned to do with one hand.
Taking care of your smile is important and can be hard with one hand. I use an electric toothbrush. The high speed oscillating/rotating motion cleans teeth better than a manual toothbrush and promotes healthier gums.
Braun CCR2 Syncro Shaver System Clean & Charge Refills (2 Refills)
These two replacement cartridges for Braun's Clean & Charge storage stand contain cleaning fluid and lubrication. Each cartridge lasts about 30 cleaning cycles.
Shaver Replacement Parts
Braun 8000FC Activator Combi-Pack Foil and Cutterblock Replacement Parts for Braun's Activator Razor Models 8595 and 8585. Braun says that "to bring back 100% shaving performance, replace your foil and cutterblock every 18 months. Change both parts at the same time for a closer shave with less skin irritation."