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  • #91998
    Re: ILF win – is not exactly a win…

    PS – full court document is here about what was actually said…

    http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2013/1345.html

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    #91135
    Re: Pin Cushion ?……..

    I’m good with jabs in arms, wrist and bum – but anywhere else I would freak out. I’ve had to explain how and where to take bloods before now as my veins are also crap. Also, people underestimate the muscle depth they can prod into – and hit nerves and I swear bones lol. That is not funny and I scream a lot when they hit a nerve – poor technique!

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    #91438
    Re: Happy Birthday Criptic!!

    This was my birthday lol http://cripticthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/busy-birthday/

    – I made my own cake – Parsnip cake and had a very strange guy in doing my annual hoist inspection who talked the hind leg of off a donkey – odd day all in all (oh and training up a new PA which is always fun and games).

    Thanks for my birthday messages :-) x

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    #91275
    Re: Portable wheelchairs with rise function?

    I don’t believe a manual chair with rise function exists. The closest is a shower chair with rise which costs about as much as a power chair (and is for an attendant to raise and lower).

    With regards to power chairs/electric, by nature of the ability to rise, safety requirements require a strong/large base to ensure the chair doesn’t fall so you won’t find a travel power chair with raise function (and I believe every chair with raise function can not be folded or taken apart because of the same reasons). My wheelchair clinic confirmed this to be the case.

    Most people on here have chairs with variable functions/ power chairs and ramped access vehicles for travel (and flight wise, people tend to not go or risk putting their existing chair on the plane (or hire a chair at their destination – but that’s rare as people with MD generally need specialist chairs which aren’t for hire).

    Can you not get a wheelchair accessible car?

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    #91146
    Re: Toilet Risers / Getting off the Loo

    Posted in http://community.muscular-dystrophy.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=6097&p=24871#p24870

    with a pic of my TA Toilet Riser and my Pinterest board on toilet risers and seats.

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    #87069
    Re: Review: Biobidet 1000

    Couldn’t find one with the bidet on – doesn’t look much different to this…. how we installed it …. it is very unobtrusive unlike the closomat ones. The arms lift up and it goes a good range of lift straight up.

    Here is my Pinterest board for toilets risers and seats:

    http://www.pinterest.com/criptical/toilet-equipment-and-personal-hygiene/

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    #87068
    Re: Review: Biobidet 1000

    I fitted a Biobidet 1000 onto a TA toilet riser (Danish).

    http://www.ta-service.dk/images/pdf-toilet/StationaerToiletloefter.pdf – full spec (I have an English version of it)

    As below

    … see next post for how it looks in our bathroom.

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    #91051
    Re: adapting your delicates

    ps – Next also do a good line of elasticated cheap, soft, flexible but durable leggings which look fairly smart and have two sorts with thin and thicker waist bands and small and long leg sizes (several colours) – some only £8. I’m buying in stocks. I already have about 6 pairs lol.

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    #91050
    Re: adapting your delicates

    Bras, waistlines and knickers… oh the joy of trying to get them to fit.

    I stopped wearing a bra about 6 years ago as to achieve any sort of support the tightness was too much for my lungs and I couldn’t breath. Gave up on strap bras in my teens – fell off droopy shoulders and front fastening ones made me look flat chested and not so comfy. I could probably wear one again if I was on my vent but my ribs just stick out so I’m not going to bother – its the naturist look for me.

    One things I find is that i have a wheelchair chest harness which parts and lifts lol – so when I’m out in my chair I’m sorted rofl.

    Knickers – well you know the story there.

    Waistlines – I am so bloated nowadays it’s a pain. I only wear elasticated waists on things – or have them completely loose and baggy like on my wrap round clothes. Elastic still digs in where my scoliosis bends though. I pretty much only wear home made skirts now and the baggiest of leggings. Not the best look but comfort reigns.

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    #81237
    Re: Beds / mattresses

    @amgmod wrote:

    LOL – finding a comfy sleeping position is as bad as shoe shopping :D

    it’s a fine art this sleeping malarky. :-)

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    #81235
    Re: Beds / mattresses

    Update: bed people called on Monday to set up delivery and as some of you know my Arctic Centrobed was delivered yesterday. After all this time – finally.

    They were supposed to come 9-11 but on arrival at 11.30 could be heard asking each other what time were they supposed to come and wondering if they were early!

    Anyway, took about 39 mins to set it up and the training consisted of ‘press the foot up button to move feet up’. Lol duh.

    So, night one went as follows. Got into bed, ouch mattress too hard. Got out again. Gone midnight we were swapping mattresses ! Waited until the morning to try out the buttons so not really experimented with positions because my vent went nuts (see other post) and I had a crap night. But the main thing is this two yr saga is over (until it breaks lol). Soon I should look like a pretzel and have better nights! :-) yay.

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    #90350
    Re: HELP – overnight stay advice needed!

    I was going to say the Holiday Inn. I’ve stayed in a few around Birmingham/Warwick and coventry but there rooms are very variable in getting a portable hoist around (like the toilets built into the walls or plumbed in in a way so the legs of the hoist can’t get far enough back. We even found huge differences within room of the same Inn/lodge type chains… makes travelling hap hazard :-/. The hoist user web site would be really good if it was run well and updated…

    I think the shower/toilet chairs are good in that respect for rolling over the toilet without having to get a hoist in the bathroom. I hope you have a good trip and get comfy in bed to sleep ok.

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    #89580
    Re: What is the best equipment to get out of the bath?

    I was considering the Osprey @sar78 wrote:

    This is the shower chair I use

    The lack of flexibility with the footplate system made me wonder if it was worth pursuing. Is it quite spongy the seat – I wonder about comfort on bony bum bits and where I would also fall through :-/

    Handy to know who uses what if you want some insider info :-)

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    #89873
    Re: Wetroom floors

    My flat used to have Altro Wet room flooring (from a DFG grant). That came in many colours and comes in two type – one with little bumps that I would describe as ‘gritty’ feeling and another which is smooth (which feels like smooth rubber).

    http://www.altro.co.uk/Flooring/Safety-Flooring-from-Altro/Altro-Marine-20.aspx

    I like the smooth one which is often used in pucker accessible toilet/bathrooms. Not so grippy as I can’t pivot transfer – but I never slip.

    Tiles are horrific – I slip all the time and have to cover with a mat – even the ones for wet floors.

    Vinyl for wet floors can be found in carpet warehouses for sale – we bought some for our bathroom and when feeling it with hands it felt grippy but the moment we put it under foot – it was like ice both wet and dry. Seemed to hold dust and get extra slippy.

    My favourite is altro smooth. All other surfaces I use a none slip mat. Altro does stain though if you use hair dye and some comes out of your hair into the shower area!!

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    #81230
    Re: Beds / mattresses

    Bed update:

    Sent quite a few e-mails to Centrobed to ask if my NHS had contacted them for a quote. No response to any of them.

    Yesterday they phoned up and wanted to come out that afternoon – so they did. They wouldn’t give a straight answer but just said they needed some measurements for an updated quote. They seemed to think they would just then go ahead and start making the bed – but couldn’t confirm they actually had an order to make it!!.

    SO…. I’m not sure whether this is true but it seems that in 2-3 (maybe 4) weeks they will deliver a bed. :scratch:

    No word from the NHS and nothing in writing about exactly what is happening which is still appalling. I am worried they will just turn up on the doorstep with a van and a bed!!! I will tell them to put it in the garden… there is no way Im letting them go back with a bed that’s almost in my house!

    Trying not to get too excited… but I am :lol:

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    #89956
    Re: Hub Pub – 5 July

    @taungfox wrote:

    ….and Cacti and succulents love being mistreated, leave them alone and they are fine.

    Thats one of the reasons I like them – If i get the soil right they should be low maintenance :-) bit worried if the heavens open and wash them away so might bring them in if a storm is brewing :-).

    They are such amazing plants – think I’m going to like them a lot.

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    #89947
    Re: Hub Pub – 5 July

    @taungfox wrote:

    Used to have 300 Cacti….now six.

    Hi :-) What soil did you use – I’m just this week getting into planting succulents (none cacti sort but same soil required).

    I have been online and am making up a mix of 50% peat free soil, 40% cat litter and 10% perlite gravel stuff – don’t have anywhere that sells a ready made mix for dessert loving plants. :-/

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    #89941
    Re: Hub Pub – 5 July

    @amgmod wrote:

    Criptic went all nouveau art in her garden .. installed a modern brick art statement in hers, lol.

    yes indeed – don’t know if this works but this is my brick cemetery! My new PA is a newbie gardener and we are doing up the whole garden! She doesn’t stop – 4 hours solid she did on Thursday. Will send an after piccy when finished…..

    so far….

    *waves to everyone. G&T please – in a pint glass

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    #89937
    Re: Hub Pub – 5 July

    @sar78 wrote:

    Along with chatting here and watching the tennis I have also got an eye on my local paper… Uproar at postman refusing to deliver due to Seagulls! Other news: potholes.

    Slow new day – still better that than horrid stuff.

    Highlight of the day – unexploded WWII bomb a few miles up the road (now deactivated by bomb squad) :D

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    #89930
    Re: Hub Pub – 5 July

    Is this gardeners anonymous *pricks up ears at cacti

    *Just spent ages on here writing a post then it logged me out and I lost it *cries!!

    So I am drowning my sorrows. :cry:

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