Posts Tagged ‘disabled’


One of the frustrating issues I face is the inability to blow my nose. Having a nose run and needing help mopping up the drips is no fun.

My daughter recently gave me a gift which I had no idea would help solve this problem…she had read many five star reviews (there are thousands) and decided to purchase it for me. It is a Himalayan salt lamp. This lamp sits on a shelf next to my chair in a small room where I sit most days. You can read the scientific facts as to how this works… Something to do with ions and negative charge particles in the air. All I know is it keeps my nose dry enough to not need constant attention, and it is pretty. I can breathe easy (With my trusty trilogy, of course) when I am in the room with this lamp. I have included a picture with the link in the sidebar if you want more info…

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Ramps

Posted: June 17, 2017 in Life hacks
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To maintain independence in the home, it is important to allow easy transitions throughout the house. With the use of ramps, this is entirely possible. There are many different types of ramps on the market. If you are using a manual wheelchair, it is good to stick to the guidelines of 1 foot of ramp for every 1 inch of rise. If using a power wheelchair, this rise ratio is not as important as you can power through steeper inclines.  

Of the many types of ramps on the market, The traditional “suitcase” ramps are easy to store, unfold and use for smaller rises such as a single or double step up. These also have the advantage of being portable which can be good for visiting family and friends who otherwise do not have accessible homes.  They are made of aluminum and have a more industrial look then custom made ramps.

   I particularly like ramp adapters, which are a good alternative if you have someone handy with a saw and screwdriver.. By attaching these to wood boards, you can build ramps of any size and easily customize them to various locations in the house. I have included a link to where these may be purchased in the sidebar

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Me and my Lynx-4 Scooter - 2013

Me and my Lynx-4 Scooter – 2013

So by summer of 2012, the Segway was getting less optimal for getting around and I purchased this Lynx-4 Mobility Scooter.  It is a 4-wheel version with a very low clearance ( 1 inch or less).  Due to the low clearance,  this  scooter is meant for indoor riding.  I also purchased an Armstrong lift to be able to transport this scooter in my car.  I am very pleased with the Armstrong lift and the ability to lift the scooter without effort and have it ride inside my car where it is protected from the elements and theft.  I will post a video of me using this scooter and loading/unloading.  I was able to do this myself until summer of 2013 where, when walking from the back to the front of the car, I fell.  Therefore, I have given up loading it myself and now always ask for help.  It doesn’t require strength, just the ability to walk.

I love the added mobility this scooter has given me as I can ride for hours and not worry about getting off so I could sit down (as on the Segway).  I also like NOT wearing a helmet!

Over time, I found that I needed to purchase a second scooter for  use outdoors. This scooter had a larger clearance (3 inches), allowing me to drive over cracks in the sidewalk or small speedbump’s.   The new scooter was built by PRide and called the GO-Go sport.

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