Hands-Free Can Opener

Can Opener

Automatic One Touch Electric Can Opener, (2 Pack), Assorted Colors, $29.99 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oMLSO3

Many stroke victims, including me, have lost the use of their arm and hand on one side of their body. This makes what used to be simple tasks quite difficult. Even something so mundane as opening a can of food becomes difficult because you’ve lost the ability to hold the product in place while the other one does the actual work.

Manual can openers and traditional motorized units often require you to hold the can in place to operate them. (more…)

Rolyan Pronation & Supination Wheel

Pronation & Supination Wheel

Rolyan Pronation & Supination Wheel, 2 Pound Weighted Wheel Training Device for Motor Control and Mobility, Hand & Arm Trainer for Forearm and Shoulder Surgery Recovery & Rehabilitation, $77.56 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2A6VKJJ

Su·pi·nate: so͞opəˌnāt, verb, to turn or hold (a hand, foot, or limb) so that the palm or sole is facing upward or outward.

This device is helpful in my efforts to restore the ability to turn my palm upwards. Something that is quite useful when doing things like turning doorknobs or reaching for a coffee cup. Since my stroke left me paralyzed from the shoulder down, none of the muscles that perform this activity are functioning. (more…)

How To Write When You Can’t Write

Dragon Anywhere

Dragon Anywhere Voice Recognition App for Mobile Devices

Since my first stroke over two years ago, I have been unable to make my dominant hand do anything useful, let alone write. I do exercises every single day but still have not regained functionality. I also practice writing with my left hand every day, but it has become obvious to me that it will take a while before I can write past the elementary school level.

Not one to admit defeat, I turn to technology to solve my writing problem. (more…)

FlexiKold Gel Cold Packs

Gel Ice Packs

FlexiKold Gel Cold Pack (Standard Large: 10.5″ x 14.5″), $14.99 on Amazon (5% additional discount when you buy 2 or more): http://amzn.to/2x54xtY (shown with frost coating from my freezer)

For fast relief from pain, muscle cramping, or even itching, my primary solution is ice packs. When you are experiencing any of the above, reach for ice. (more…)

Bodylastics Stackable Resistance Bands

Bodylastic Set

Bodylastics STRONG MAN, Stackable Resistance Bands Sets – Each Set includes Top Quality ANTI-SNAP exercise tubes, Heavy-Duty Components: Anchors/Handles/Ankle Straps, and exercise training resources. $59.97 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vzMU1G

You don’t need to go to a gym to get a self-directed therapy workout. You can do that at home with resistance bands. There are lots and lots of choices when it comes to resistance bands available. Let me tell you about the ones I bought. (more…)