OT EQUIPMENT ARRIVED AND PHYSIO APPOINTMENT

Options
hileena111
hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
edited 2. Jan 2011, 14:26 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi my OT equipment {or some of it} arrived today
I've got a physio appointment tomorrow morning.....she will have had the letter from the back specialist by then so we'll maybe get somewhere.
Pocket duty please....its cold in the North East so wrap up well.
OT equipment.....a rail for the other side of the stairs {which has to come with someone else??} A bath seat havent opened it yet....OT said ring her when it came and she would come and fit it.
Long handled sponge {for back} I'm going to try using it for cleaning LOL and another picker upper.
Dont want the bath lift or the rail for the stairs so dont care if they never come.....makes me feel absolutely ancient

Love
Hileena
«1

Comments

  • minky67
    minky67 Member Posts: 2,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena, i felt like that about my bathlift & other equipement but trust me once youve used the bathlift you'll be gld you did.
    Im only 43 & ive got loads of stuff to help me & my lastest item; A wheelchair :shock: Still getting me head roundthat one.
    I hope it all helps you, i also have the second bannister rail.
    I couldnt cope on bad days without th bannister as i havent got a downstairs loo & have to pull myself up there,it has saved a few falls too.
    Let us know how you get on with everything.
    debs
    Sorry forget to say, good luck with your physio & I'll be in your pocket wearing me thermals :shock:
  • woodbon
    woodbon Member Posts: 4,969
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi, I didn't want my walking stick or the bath handles, but they do help me to keep independant. I know how you feel, but its better to have rails than end up falling. Its a bugger having to rely on all these gagets, but I hope you get to like them a bit, if not love them and find that they give you a new lease of life!!! Love Sue xxx
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Thanks for your posts of encouragement......Pride is a painful thing and as you get older it gets more painful :lol:
    I'll pop in and see iof the OT is there today...she is next door to the physio....she wanted to know when it came....just got an answer phone yesterday and left a message.
    I have a friend in Canada {cyber friend} and she is 65 and she was describing the things she has....one of them is a pole outside the bath from floor to ceiling and she grabs that to pull herself up.
    I had visions of her pole dancing :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
    I'll post later today......physio first, check if the OT is about, go to docs and get a repeat prescription to last me over the holidays and to the chemist to collect some omprazole that are waiting for me....then home and the kettle on...collapse and have coffee LOL
    I'll get on line after that.....blow the housework
    Love
    Hileena
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi hileena
    Hope I have caught your pocket.
    Sorry just seen this. Good luck
    Gklad the equipment has arrived I am sure it will help
    Take care Juliepf x
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    morning Hileena...Im in your pocket so walk carefully on the ice.. x:) I do know what you mean...how painful it is accepting that you need these things.....but.... I know a but :? they do help
    Good Luck with the appointment
    PS think I might try the pole.. x:lol:
    Love
    Barbara xx
    Love
    Barbara
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,490
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena

    I am available as my physio appt has been cancelled due to the physio being poorly.

    I reckon the thought of seeing me put her off :))

    I hope your hubby is taking you and all goes well for you

    Love

    toni xx
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Oh frog, you do make me laugh! Hileena, I can understand your mixed emotions about the kit etc but as del so wisely said '**** pride.' These things will ease the strain of every-day living, make life more comfortable and leave you a little more energy for the things you want to do. That is the important bit, surely. Be kind to yourself, it's good we live in an age where we can get things to help. Thinking of you. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi, Sorry I didnt get on yesterday when i came home....chaotic then suddenly started to feel sick and had a blinding headache so didnt come on line much at all.
    Well DD as you and Del so succinctly put it "**** the pride" LOL
    It was as useless yesterday as it has been the other 2 appts....moved me about a little bit and said she was stretching me and that was it.....see you in 2 weeks time??
    Popped into the OT's room before leaving and she's off for a few days.....will be back Thurs so will get my message then and the equipment will be fitted after that.
    Havent had time to try the sponge as a cleaner yet. Must get the perch stool out today....in the garage.....I'm meeting a friend for coffee this morning....not looking forward to driving in this and then tonight a 44 mile round trip....so I'll have to see when I can try the perch stool.
    Love
    Hileena
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena
    You must have tired yourself out yesterday, I did the same and every time it makes me feel sick too. Can't do nothing but rest.
    Have a lovely time with your friend. Take care on the roads.
    Love Julie xx
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Oh hileena, I think pride is something we all battle with from time to time, I know I do - I resent my crutches every now and again, I moaned a while back about the possibility of a scooter but who popped up with wise words about acceptance? YOU! We all know what it's like - we grumble a bit then just bl**dy get on with it - there is no other choice. I hope the new kit helps you - that is its purpoose, after all. Thinking of you, ranting and railing and kicking the things you don't like! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Oh DD, I had forgotten about that post :lol::lol:
    Things do come back and bite you on the bum dont they?? :lol:
    I remember now the little lecture i gave you...OK you have permission to have a go at me now :grin:

    Love
    Hileena
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    What? Have a go at you? Absolutely not. That wasn't my point - which I think you know! These things are not easy, not for any of us. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi,
    I'll paint the bannister rail {when it comes} multi coloured LOL or stripes or something silly.....dont know if I can do anything with the bath seat. 8)

    Love
    Hileena
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena
    If the bath seat is an actual seat spray that stripey too and pretend its a deck chair and you are sat in the sea x:lol:
    However if it is a board paint that with big flowers and pretend its a surf board x:)
    Which ever it is have fun x:lol:
    Take care juliepf x
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    What a good idea.....I like the deck chair LOL LOL :lol:
    The rail....well it will be custom fitted so I suppose its mine but the bath thingey they'll want that back some time????...Its theirs??
    Oh I dont know....anyway...just had a call this morning to say if she could get up our road she will be here this afternoon to fit it.
    Love
    Hileena
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    The OT has been and gone......bath seat is fitted.
    Just had a telephone call from contractors.....they want to come and fit the bannister rail tomorrow afternoon???? Christmas Eve??
    Oh well...better get it over and done with I suppose
    Love
    Hileena
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena - glad some of equipment has come already.

    Don't be daft about the stair rail!!! I had one fitted on the other side when I was 30 (for my first hip op.) It was a godsend and I really notice when I'm at someone's house and they only have a rail one side. I use one side going up and one side going down. Just think, in shops etc they always have a rail both sides and not because all the shoppers are old - but because it makes sense.

    As for the bath lift - I suppose it depends how much you enjoy baths ... I love baths (wish I could fit in more around my S duties!) and if/when I can no longer get in and out I hope I can get one from an OT.

    Shall now scroll down and see if you have told us about the letter.

    Speedy
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hope head ache has cleared Hileena. That was disappointing about not hearing what the back specialist had said. If you don't hear back at the next appointment - I suppose you'll have to get on the phone and start chasing it up ... Nothing changes eh?!

    Speedy
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Speedy
    You know how I love a bath...hate the shower....remember the THR's LOL that was the worst part of it I think.
    The OT's reasoning is that soaking in the bath will ease my back...which is true.
    This bath lift is so blinkin' obvious but I suppose I will appreciate it. If it had been white mightn't have been so bad but its bright blue??? I had never actually seen one before except in ads and coming from the OT [as opposed to buying it] didnt know what to expect.
    Its a seat, with a high back and flaps {where arms of a chair should be} they go straight out...across each side of the bath.
    When you sit on it , press a button and it goes down....the "flaps" gradually move upward to let the seat go down....and the other way round coming back again LOL...Its got an emergency button on it.....must read the instructions....not quite sure what its for :lol::lol: I suppose if the batter runs out and it sticks half up and half down :lol:
    Oh yes...as the seat goes down, the back goes back [does that make sense?]] probably not ...its almost 11pm :lol:
    Love
    Hileena
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Oh Hileena, I think it sounds great. Especially that the back goes back as it goes down. I was a bit worried when I started reading that you had to sit upright in the bath ... Swallow your pride girl - which is preferable - destined to a life of showers :shock: :roll: or a "trendy" bath lift that enables you to get in and out the bath at whim??!! No contest!!

    Speedy

    PS did you see my first message about the stair rail?

    PPS Could always accessorise the bathroom in a matching blue and make it a feature...
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi
    Well stair rail arrived......yes speedy.....got your original mail about it.
    They were coming this afternoon....we got back from shopping at about 11am and 5 mins later they arrived.....you know what the weather is like??? they plodged in and out with their big green wellies ...up and down stairs...what a mess.
    In the middle of this got a call from my daughter to say her boyfriend was bringing her over at 1pm not 7pm as planned....so complete chaos this morning...I think we've settled for the day.....hopefully we'll get that mess up before visitors tomorrow LOL
    The rail is plain wood....so I'll have to unscrew it all and varnish it or something....apart from anthing else it would get really grubby.
    Not even thinking about that at the minute x:D
    Have a lovely Christmas everyone.
    Love
    Hileena
  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,361
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi Hileena,
    Hope the fitters have finished the banister rail for you. I know it is not easy for you to except all these changes but if they make life a bit easier for you at the moment so be it.

    I hope next year brings you more answers than questions and your back can be improved for you.

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a more peaceful 2011.
    Lv, Ix
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hi I,
    Have a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year....as pain free as possible.
    I'll get used to it.....had to have a rant LOL
    Love
    Hileena
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Of course you did and I am glad you have. It's the shock of the new and unwelcome, plus weird colours, odd designs and reminders that one is not doing as well as one would wish, so now perhaps it's time to forget about it all and enjoy yourself. We will recommence the battle come the New Year, yes? Break out the sherry, hileena, that 'll put a gloss on it all! Take care. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • tillytop
    tillytop Member Posts: 3,460
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Options
    Hello Hileena

    Glad your OT stuff arrived but sorry you have such mixed feelings about it all (understandably!) Hopefully, in time, you will find that the help it gives you outweights your negative feelings about it.

    Meantime I think DD's suggestion of breaking open the sherry is a good one!

    Happy Christmas!

    Love Tilly x