laurie906

Helps For Daily Tasks

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Heather,

 

Rice bags! Who would have thought! Can you add instructions on how to make some? Just some cotton fabric and rice? or do you need special fabric?

 

Thanks Laurie


Laurie906

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What a great topic!! I also find it difficult to do many tasks with gloves on..Raynauds. Through another woman in my support group, I discovered a very lightweight fingerless glove with a pocket in the palm area for a hotpack. The hotpacks last about 10 hours and can be purchased at any discount store. I found it hard to believe(but it's true) that when my palm becomes warm, all my fingers are warm also. I also use these under gloves when outside. I'll have to update my hubby's list for the lever doors. Thanks

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Hi Heather and Lauie!

 

I use corn bags to keep my hands warm. I make little pocket ones but I also make larger ones which I like better. I found that my little pocket bags don't stay hot as long.

 

I use plain cotton cloth. If you don't sew, just put some corn or rice or any grain or beans, I've heard, into a sock. Tie the end and stick it in the microwave.

 

 

My favorite size is about 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". I cut a paper pattern (newspaper) just so I won't have to keep measuring. The pattern is about 9" x 9" and that allows for the seams. I cut two pieces of cloth this size, then face right sides together and sew. I make the seams about 1/4" from the edge of the cloth.

 

On one of the four corners, I leave an opening of about three inches and that's where I put in the corn. I use deer corn which I buy at a feed store. Don't stuff it tightly full. You want to have a little bit of room in there for the corn to shift and mound so you can get it to curve around a sore shoulder or a finger or whatever.

 

I put in about a pound and a half, give or take. Then I hand stitch the opening together. These feel wonderful!!!!

 

Put the bag into the microwave for anywhere from 1-3 minutes. You want it really warm but not too hot. In my microwave, 2 minutes is about right. But, that will depend on your microwave. Mine is ancient and I've noticed it only takes one minute to get the bags hot when I do it at my parents' house because they have a newer microwave.

 

 

 

Mary in Texas

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I have a mug of 'tools' sitting next to my living room chair and in my office. In it I keep a number of objects which have become useful to me since I have lost finer control of my finger tips: a craft knife, long handled heavy duty nail scissors, finer scissors, a pair of tweezers, fat pens and pencils, a clothes pin, emory boards, an orange peeler (handy for lots of prying) and a piece of wooden dowel (from my bird cage). We call the dowel my 'fing-longer' after an invention by the professor on the tv show, Futurama. I use it when I need to push something that needs more force than my finger alone can bear. In the kitchen I find I am using the shears on my knife block quite frequently for opening packages. I have also learned that using the various knife shapes and sizes really does make quite a difference in leverage and ease of cutting and chopping.

 

I love to cook but hate the washing up after, so I have been cooking much larger quantities and freezing the remainder in meal size portions. I use my crockpot about once a week. It is quite easy to wash but it is heavy so hubby does it. It is nice knowing that in short notice I have a selection of meals already prepared and a big help on days when I am tired. I also bought a huge stack of cheap paper plates which we use for things like toast and sandwiches. I like to eat my dinner off real plates. I keep a small basin filled with water and silverware goes in it after use. This presoaking makes the washing easier. I generally wash dishes in several sessions through the day rather than in one big load. Keeping them done up is less tiring.

 

I would be lost without my non-stick wok which I use for many more things than stir frying. We also got a ceramic stovetop which is MUCH easier to clean than the old one.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

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Hi Ladies,one thing I would be lost without is my 'grabber'I know you' ll have probably seen them on TV or magazines.It has the little scoop at the bottom that picks up things for you.Especialy good when reaching for something.it picks up good too I have even picked up a small piece of aluminum wrapper from gum.If it hurts to use then maybe someone else in the house can use it to get the things you need,I find my husband using it quie often to pick up stuff.They cost about $10.00.I often wonder what I did before I had it.I've also seen a thing-a-ma-jig that helps you pull up your socks and I think I'm going to get one of those as I could use and so could my hubby.You can find work gloves with the little 'dots' on them I have a lot of those around as well.My fingers aren't curled or anything like that but they are very painful as the internist says I have arthritis in them now as well as my knees.I also wear shoes with no backs just the sliding on kind so I've had to buy new shoes.Thats so funny we all love shoes don't we but having to wear a certain kind makes it no more fun! I have a pair now in all the basic colors.Also the little cozys that you put around your cola cans help the hands very much and aren't expensive either.Well this IS a great thread and if I think of anything I will tell you'll about it. Smiles-Mary-La.

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Mary-La,

 

I would be much interested in that thing that helps you pull up your socks...do you know where you saw it or where I might get one?

 

Thanks,

Sakar

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Hi Sakar,I saw those in a little magazine, thats where I got my grabber,although now you can get them at medical supply stores as well.Perhaps you could try there as they have a lot of stuff like that as diabetics need things like that as well.If I get a magazine I will let you know about it.Hugs and smiles- Mary-La.

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