Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

Dancing the Night Away

Perhaps you are feeling well enough to put on your dancing clothes and tangosambajivehiphopwaltztwist 2011 away.

When you do arrive home in the early hours of 2012, you and your feet may require a little extra TLC.

In How Does it Feel?, I said that when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it can feel like you are walking on marbles. Well, read on for a tip that involves water, Epsom salts and marbles!

Here is a suggestion that I found in the January 2nd, 2012 issue of First magazine, that is purported to help you unwind, encourage sleep and soothe your tender tootsies:

  1. Place marbles in a basin.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, which will increase the circulation, relieving sore feet.
  3. Add warm water.
  4. Place your feet into the basin.
  5. Gently roll your feet over the marbles, which will activate acupressure points, relaxing your body.

I haven’t tried this, yet. If you do, please stop by and let us know what you thought.

December 30, 2011

Ignition – Ready, Set, Go!

An important consideration to make when purchasing a new or new-to-you vehicle is the placement of the ignition key hole.

In my old car, the ignition key hole was located flush with the dash, which meant twisting the wrist (external rotation) in order to start the engine. This can be both difficult and painful.

It is much more wrist and hand-friendly when the ignition is placed on the steering column and you have a key such as the one that came with my car or a key extender, which can be made by an occupational therapist or purchased from a medical supply store.

December 29, 2011

Light the Night

It is a dark and stormy night. Avoid the “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” scenario with a simple, light-weight solution.

Mini flashlights.

I have one on my key chain and another in my purse – because you never know …
December 28, 2011

Paperback Reader

I like books. A lot.

I always have one with me when I am out and about. You’ll find one or two on my nightstand and an emergency book, or three, for when I am out of reading material.

My preference is for paperback books, as they are easier to hold and carry than the heavier, hard-covered versions.

If I own the book, I’ll ask my husband to crack the spine so that I don’t have to work so hard to keep the book open on the page that I’m reading.

Do you have an electronic book? Please take a moment and share your thoughts about the pros and cons of using that technology.

Addendum: I saw an amusing sign in the window of Black Bond Books that read “A.R.D.s sold here. (Ancient Reading Devices)”

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