7 Must-Haves if You Are Living with Paralysis

September 18, 2019
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One of the things that can help you to thrive with paralysis is the acquisition of a few items that improve your quality of life or make day to day activities a little bit easier. Here are some of the products that our founder uses. To get a closer look at the products discussed here, follow this link to our resources page. Keep in mind that some of the exact products may not currently be available on Amazon. However, Amazon will provide you with suggestions, and you can check the reviews to see if the products match up to what we are describing here. 

Here are seven products that you really want to have if you are living with paralysis. 

#1 Ryobi Air Pump for Tires

If you use a wheelchair, you know the struggles that ensue when your tire pressure drops. A battery-operated air pump is perfect for adding some quick air at home. You can also bring it with you on long car trips, so you don’t have to exert extra energy if your tires begin to deflate while you are away from home. 

#2 Cooling Towel for Your Neck 

A cooling towel can help provide your neck with relief for hours. While ice packs cannot be in direct contact with the skin, lose their coldness quickly, and have to spend hours in the freezer to get cold again, cooling towels are different. Soak it in water, wring it out, and snap it to get hours of refreshing coolness at a time. 

#3 Bard Leg Bag

If your paralysis requires you to wear a catheter bag, this is the best way to wear it comfortably and keep it out of sight. It’s quality Velcro, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else quite like it. You can secure the bag tightly without cutting off blood flow to the lower part of your leg. 

#4 Split Frame Bed 

A split frame bed can be both the best purchase for you and your spouse. There are times when you just have to have your legs elevated or sit up a little to get off of your back. You can adjust your side of the bed without affecting your mate’s sleep. Plus, the model featured on our resources page also has dual massage motors which you will both really enjoy, as well as USB ports on both sides of the bed for charging your devices at night. 

#5 Alternating Pressure Mattress with Inflatable Pad & Electric Pump System 

Pressure sores can become a challenging reality when you can’t be mobile much of the time. Therefore, an alternating pressure mattress becomes a must. This helps to shift the pressure for you when you can’t do it yourself, thereby reducing the risk of developing pressure sores. The air pump quietly inflates and deflates the 130 air cells in alternating patterns to create the effect of shifting your body weight. This helps to ensure that pressure is not focused on any one part of your skin for extended lengths of time. The low-pressure pump makes it easier to sleep through the inflating sounds, and the energy saver features helps keep your electric bills down. 

#6 “Will It Fly?” – A Book to Help You Start a Home Business 

One of the things we focus on a lot here at Thriving With Paralysis is the need for purpose and satisfaction in life. Starting your own business that you can run from home despite the challenges of living with paralysis is a great way to accomplish this lofty goal. 

At the same time, you may have reservations because living with paralysis usually means having less income to begin with. So can you really take the risk of investing time and money into starting your own business? This book can be a great help, showing you how to fully develop an idea before you start sinking money into something that may or may not work. 

#7 Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 

This is a great way to get your thoughts down in writing without needing to be able to sit at the computer or type. The NaturallySpeaking line of software is designed to allow you to speak in your usual manner while the program learns your speech patterns and types what you dictate. It can allow you to compose letters, emails, memos, or any other kind of document. You can even send the emails using voice-operated commands. You can also use it for dictating messages in a chatroom, filling out online contact forms, or updating social media posts. It gives you a great way to keep in touch with just your voice. 

More Resources to Help You Thrive with Paralysis 

At Thriving With Paralysis, we look forward to providing you with links and reviews of great products that can really make things easier for you. Check out our resources page for links to the items discussed here as well as many others. When you follow the links on our resources page and make a purchase from Amazon, you are also helping to support our vision of bringing hope and healing to the millions of people around the world who are living with paralysis. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our mission, and we hope that these products can help bring you some relief and improve your ability to thrive with paralysis.

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About the Author: Bill Davis

Dr. Bill Davis survived a spinal cord injury on November 26, 2011. After years of hopelessness he found a renewed purpose and is now on a mission to share hope and healing with the paralysis community for the glory of God.

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