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Some gadgets and disability aids I find useful in day to day living with suppliers I have personally used (UK):
Grabber/Reacher – I’ve used a Gripcert Reacher for over 5 years because of my back problems but it’s also handy for reaching/grabbing/moving small items when you have ME/CFS. I find the shorter 26 inch length better to control with limited strength.
Electric Toothbrush – Not only does my UltraSonex Phaser Electronic Toothrbush save me valuable energy having the brush do all the work for me but it actually cleans my teeth better than I ever could! Try ebay or amazon.
Walking stick (Simple) – My everyday walking stick is for balance and the “escort handle” makes it easy to hold. A simple, black, adjustable, cheap but sturdy walking stick. Supplied by www.aidmobility.co.uk
Walking stick (Funky) – For those dressy days or just for fun a vibrant funky walking stick. Supplied exclusively by the makers www.switchsticks.co.uk
Wheelchair – I occasionally use a wheelchair for outings and where a lot of walking or standing would be required. Having a back problem lumbar support was very important to me in a choice of wheelchair. I use the Medicare Engima Super Deluxe which has an adjustable backrest. I use a manual self propelled even though I cannot propel myself – but it gives me the ability to wiggle myself into position or out of the way if I need to. The back seat cover and rear pocket are fastened with lots of velcro which I am unable to tear myself. But it is a very comfortable wheelchair!
Laptop – My laptop was a great price and has been a lifeline.
Wireless Broadband – Life has been so much easier since I got my laptop and wireless broadband! Now I can keep in touch from where I need to be. Our ISP is PlusNet who have given us excellent service. We also like the way with them if we exceed our limit from time to time we just pay a simple flat fee for each extra gig usage. Supplied by www.plus.net
Lap Protection – my laptop (being cheap) gets quite hot when it runs making it uncomfortable so I use a heat proof pad which also cushion my legs. The Lapinator is a simple piece of kit but very effective. Supplied direct www.lapinator.co.uk or www.lapinator.com
Book Light – The Mighty Bright XtraFlex book light gives great light for reading or crafting. It’s small, light, compact and even in bed in the dark you won’t blind your partner as it’s light pool is well contained. Also handy for me if it’s a grey day and I can’t get up to switch the light on.
Earplugs – I have small ears and ear canals so use Mack’s Safesound Junior and recently E.A.R Soft Neons (36dB). From a great supplier www.snorestore.co.uk
Eyeshade – Great for bad migraines and sleeping Mack’s Shut-Eye Shade has a padded bridge for the nose to keep the shade away from your eyes and two thin adjustable elastic straps to keep it in place. Again supplied by www.snorestore.co.uk
Water Bottle – I have a reusable water bottle with a clever valve that let you drink water at any angle. You bite the valve and gently suck the water. It’s not 100% leak proof but at least I’m not re-using plastic bottles that end up in the rubbish. I use a Camelbak Better 500ml bottle. It’s spill proof but you can get a bit of a leak if you leave it lying on it’s side. From wiggle
Remember The Milk – A free online service that lets you set reminders for those important things. I use it to keep track of regular things that quickly drop out of my brain (as does remembering to check my diary). This will email me a reminder. www.rememberthemilk.com
Daylight Lightbulbs – Low energy daylight bulbs are a great boost for me especially in the winter. When I’m stuck indoors all the time it helps to lift my mood on those grey days and dark early nights. They are also good for when I am doing artwork and the light is poor. I like Pro-Lite Daylight bulbs 25W or 30W which I have found on ebay http://is.gd/7xfue and http://is.gd/7xjJB This brand has a chip in so it is instantly bright with no warming up.
Bed Desk – Started using a desk in bed to take to weight of my laptop. I tried another version in metal but it wasn’t balanced well enough to support the weight of a laptop securely but this wooden bed desk works much better.
Dental Splint – I use a dental splint, a mouthguard shaped to my bottom set of teeth, from my private dentist to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching while I sleep. It helped break the habit of jaw clenching within a month or so of wearing it but I still use it from time to time when I am very stressed, hyped or in a lot of pain to prevent jaw clenching in my sleep and this pain the next day.
TENS – My TENS helps with some of the more acute and breakthrough pain from time to time. I use TENS Care Touch which is an easy model to use with TENS Care electrodes which I’ve found are best
Heart Rate Monitor – A heart rate monitor designed for sports helps me to monitor my own high heart rate and can be used as the basis for pacing. I use Sigma Onyx Classic
Air Styler – A round brush combined with an electric hairdryer makes styling and drying hair a bit easier (when I’m able!) Not having to coordinate a brush and a hair dryer helps, plus it’s concentrated on one area so more easily directed where it’s needed and doesn’t need two arms just one. I found mine on ebay for a bargain price (unwanted gift) and have Remington AS7050 Airstyler
Touchscreen Mobile Phone with Internet – My mobile phone with touchscreen has made sending texts easier as I now have a full keyboard I can use and also I can access my email and social networking sites using my phone. This is good when I am seperated from my laptop or want to check for new messages quickly. I use a Samsung Tocco Lite s5230 on pay as you go with Vodaphone but I’d love an Android phone when I need to but a new one.