With my change in independence I had two options:
- I could sit and wallow at the things I can no longer do.
- I could look into what aids were available to try and assist my independence.
At this early stage, I feel an assessment should be made regarding their level of independence/dependency and it should be monitored at various time spans to assess any changes.
One of these pathways of care is an Occupational Therapist. They can assess what you need and recommend different ways to do things to make it easier.
There are so many gadgets and aids I use to help my independence. I decided to share all these wonderful things with my readers in a hope that the list may make someone else's day a little easier.
You have to start viewing Fibromyalgia more holistically. Imagine you are an orange. Each segment is one area of your life, one aspect of daily living. Roper, Logan and Tierney decided there were twelve aspects. In order to become "whole" you can not simply focus on one area as it is only one segment.
At various stages of illness, we move along the dependence/independence continuum. Each day/week is different so when you have Fibromyalgia you can move from independence to dependence within a day when you have a flare.
Read here what a fibro flare feels like for me.
It is all about being prepared for this shift, balancing your day effectively and usings aids to independence when needed to make your day easier and happier.
Here are some of the things I use to support my independence with Fibromyalgia
Adjustable height table
V Shaped pillow
Read: Heat blanket for painful legs
Hot water bottle
Bath wall grips
See my Bertha in this blog
Home Saftey alert
Mobility scooter £419.99
Arm crutch £28.39