Julie is today's guest blogger with a list of things that have become difficult for her to do.
1. Opening child-proof medication bottles
2. Opening squeeze type bottles that you have to get started by squeezing - like toilet cleaner
3. Anything that is securely wrapped in heavy plastic
4. Pull-Tabs on canned products where they can not be opened by a can opener at the top or bottom.
5. Dragging the large garbage bags out front for the garbage men - John has to do this
6. Carrying things while using my cane
7. Lifting anything that is very heavy
8. Dropping everything on the floor due to clumsy hands
I can only climb a few steps - not a entire staircase - thus I have the chair/stair lift as we are in a two-story house. I have a container that I can set in my lap to carry things up and down while sitting in my chair.
I also purchased plastic glasses that are sturdy but easier to grip.
I have a jar-opener that is attached under a cabinet that is a life-saver for me. It will open any size jar.
My son and daughter-in-law gave me an electric jar opener, but it takes up too much room on my kitchen counter.
I have a small stool with a cord attached to step on when getting in our SUV - John made it for me. I first step on the lower stool and then can slide my butt into the car. Then pull the step stool up into the car by the cord. You wouldn't believe the people that see that and examine it so they can make one for themselves.
I have been making lists too. Here are my own top 9 difficult things of everyday life
3. Cutting vegetables like little carrots in half4. Using tiny sinks in hotel bathrooms
7. Carrying things due to weight or weak hands
9. Opening water bottles
Julie and I have quite a few things in common. I feel like sawing the top off of the toilet cleaner.
This would come in handy for lots of household items.
In fact I heard a story about researchers who were visiting elderly people and asking about problems in getting the tops off of their medications. This lady at 93 said she had no problems at all. They asked how she did it, and she took the researchers into her kitchen and proudly showed them her meat slicer.
"I just run them through this to get the tops off."
Three guesses why housecleaning items are not on our lists...
Do you have any trouble with things that most people do easily? Feel free to comment.