Not really sure if I should be putting this here, or in a separate post ... I'll try here... mods, let me know if I'm wrong (as is frequently the case...)
Basically, I would like some advice/help from you rib issues people. Generally, my ribs are about the only part of me that doesn't do all kinds of things it shouldn't. I sometimes have a little pain, and if I lay down on my side then the two sides of my rib cage will rub a bit, but other than that, my ribs are fine. For the moment...
I want to know whether any of you can see particular issues for bendies with http://www.handimove.com/pages/in/profe ... dy-support
this. The backstory/context for why, is below.
Long story short, I moved into a wonderful new flat. All is lovely and easy and accessible and fabulous, except the bathroom. For various reasons, I love having a bath (pain, muscle spasm as well as liking to read a book there). The bathroom is quite physically problematic for me, and I've also had several quite nasty falls. Although the obvious solution (perhaps?) would be to put in a level access shower, I really, really, don't want that to happen. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful occupational therapist, who is trying to find solutions for me. I have been using a bath lift for a long time now, but for various reasons it's much much more difficult, and indeed dangerous (I keep ending up on the floor) in this bathroom than it has been previously, and the space is very small and constrained in various ways that we can't get around. My OT and I have looked at a bath with a sort of bath lift included in it, something similar to http://www.chilterninvadex.co.uk/shower ... Master.htm
. Again, because of the constraints of the room, it's far from ideal. It would mean I'd need to get on and off the seat (i.e. in and out of the bath) with the bathroom door open, which is problematic from a privacy point of view, especially given that I often have teenage boys here! So, my OT and I have been looking at hoisting options. I would like to stress that I don't use, need to use or intend to use this much. I'm quite conflicted about it in some ways. That said, there are clear advantages; it takes up no floor space, the bath would be totally unadapted for other people (nothing in their way etc). That body support thing looks like I could use it independently, and that's the key thing - if it doesn't/can't work, then I think we're bath to the transfer in the doorway option. So, thoughts? I don't want to get it to find it causes me damage/hurts/in six months I can't use it anymore. It looks pretty comfy to me (it's not going to be for long periods of time) as these things go, and certainly an improvement on the currently terrible bathroom situation. So, what dya think? It's only ribs that I'm concerned about, and am of course going to try it (with OT etc) blah blah blah, before pursuing. Just would like to know what others thoughts are?