November 25th, 2009

„News from the Rollinator (Wheelinator)“

Tips for wheelchair drivers, buckled fingers and other pedestrians

Odd wheelchair stories and technical aids consulting service for free.

Eigude (Howdy),

when you, sitting in a wheelchair, have left the hospital or the rehab the drama begins. You are left on your own, and everybody has to re-invent the wheel to manage everyday life. Therefore this blog with a lot of tips and tricks.

Send me your hints, take photos, leave comments and discuss with us!!!

If you can’t tell anything wise belonging a subject, at least you have to create confusion. ;-)

I can’t press a clothespin, but I can drive a car.

There are no problems, there are just challenges and a big challenge is a project.

Never say die if something doesn’t work out immediately, don’t take it too serious, it’s all occupational therapy!

In October 2007 I sustained a traffic accident. After eleven months in a hospital I was released, and since then I belong to the

elitist company of the frequent drivers

How is it „going“, click me! (jokes in german)

Type: Quadriplegic (Tetraplegic/”Teddy”) C4-C7 incomplete, some titan plates in the neck and a pump for medicals in my belly. Release September 17th 2008

Into the wild, now the going gets tough!!!

I have got a tremendous technical aids database.

If you have questions concerning technical aids or other topics don’t hesitate to send me an eMail.

To „un-clatter“ wheelchairs is my favourite hobby.

I am technical aids-marred, advice for free!!!

Teddy Regards, Rollinator Contact: rollinator@eigude.de *Eigude, hessian dialect for hello; hi, howdy
 p;

Eigude Shame XXII

September 10th, 2017

Mit den Rolli von der Flugschanze evakuiert oder “nur” acht Stufen in die Freiheit.

Wer meinem Blog verfolgt, weiß dass ich eigentlich jeden Sommer 1-2 Wochen in Oberstdorf im AllgĂ€u verbringe (sab).

Zum Abschluss des diesjĂ€hrigen Urlaubs wollten wir mit zwei anderen Rollifahrern und einer Ehefrau die Skiflugschanze besichtigen, denn man hatte sie fĂŒr die WM 2018 renoviert und auch den Sessellift im vergangenen Sommer durch einen barrierefreien SchrĂ€gaufzug ersetzt. Vom Plateau aus könne man auch zu einem Bergsee wandern.

Am KassenhĂ€uschen sagte man uns, man kĂ€me mit dem Rolli nicht in den Aufzug des Sprungturmes. Schade eigentlich, alles neu gebaut, bei der Großschanze geht es doch auch. Wir könnten oben auf der Höhe Absprungtisch ja ins Museum gehen und im Restaurant warten bis unsere Begleitungen vom Sprungturm kĂ€men. Nach draußen aufs Hochplateau könnten wir auch nicht, es gebe noch keine Rampe nach draußen. Wir fuhren nach oben und wollten wenigstens den Blick von dort genießen. Dies war auch nicht möglich, da die Aussichtsplattform war noch nicht fertig war, wer will das schon..
 Das Museum waren ca. sechs Bilder und ein Fernseher, und das Restaurant entpuppte sich als Kiosk mit ein paar Tischen. Egal, unsere Ehefrauen fuhren den Sprungturm hoch, die Aussicht mĂŒsste atemberaubend sein.

Als die zwei den Sprungturm wieder herunterkamen, wollten wir gemeinsam mit dem SchrĂ€gaufzug wieder herunterfahren und gemĂŒtlich zurĂŒck zum Hotel wandern, doch dieser war jetzt kaputt, er blieb undefiniert immer mal stehen. Na toll
 , da standen wir nun draußen oben auf der Treppe vor den acht Stufen in die Freiheit.

Man hĂ€tte uns drei Rollifahrer “nur” die Treppe herunter tragen und uns mit einem Auto den Berg herunterfahren mĂŒssen. Ob den drei Mann vielleicht der eine Elektrorollstuhl von 250 kg inklusive Fahrer zu schwerer war?

Man versuchte den SchrĂ€gaufzug zu reparieren, was nicht gelang. Die anderen Besucher gingen die steile Straße herunter oder wurden vom Berg herunter gefahren.

Wir warteten schon ca. 2 1/2h, nichts passierte.
Ich sitze eigentlich fast alles aus, doch so eine erreichbare Behindertentoilette, auch diese ist unten neben der Treppe in Planung, wĂ€re fĂŒr uns nicht schlecht gewesen.
Letztendlich ließen wir uns vom rolligerechten Hotelbus, der eine HebebĂŒhne hat, abholen. Uns zwei Aktivrollifahrer trugen sie Treppe runter, wĂ€hrend der Elektrorollstuhl-Mitfahrer von der kleineren Treppe des Hinterausgangs mit Behelfsrampen direkt ĂŒber die HebebĂŒhne in den Hotelbus fuhr. Die Behelfsrampen hĂ€tte man auch gut als BierbĂ€nke nehmen können. Das hĂ€tte ich in Deutschland niemals getan, dafĂŒr gibt es die 112.

Viele Rollifahrer beschweren sich ja, wenn sie aus “SicherheitsgrĂŒnden” eine SehenswĂŒrdigkeit nicht besuchen dĂŒrfen. In diesem Fall wĂ€re es aber tatsĂ€chlich besser gewesen, wir wĂ€ren vor Komplett-Fertigstellung des Umbaus gar nicht erst hochgelassen worden. Wenn Ihr als Rollifahrer also demnĂ€chst vor der Skiflugschanze in Oberstdorf abgewiesen werdet, wundert Euch nicht – wir sind Schuld! Die werden wohl erst wieder Rollifahrer mitnehmen, wenn der Umbau komplett abgeschlossen ist.

Uns ist glĂŒcklicherweise nichts passiert, doch der letzte Urlaubstag war “gelaufen”. Wir alle haben fĂŒr nĂ€chstes Jahr schon das Hotel reserviert. Der Leiter der SportstĂ€tten Oberstdorf versprach uns fĂŒr nĂ€chstes Jahr eine FlugschanzenfĂŒhrung mit Rampe und Aussichtsplattform.

Wheelchair Tuning Part XXXIX

July 30th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

(Deutsch) Rollipromi zu gast

June 28th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

(Deutsch) Rolli-Exkursion Mallorca 2017

June 25th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

(Deutsch) Polohunter beim World Club Dome in Frankfurt 2017

June 4th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

Rollinator on tour

March 18th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

(Deutsch) Haushalts Tipp

March 6th, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVIII

February 23rd, 2017

Frontpage

Each person in a wheelchair knows that feeling when faced with a steep staircase in a single family home and don’t know how to get up to the first floor or down to the basement, because rarely is there an elevator.

The installation of a wheelchair monorail is even possible in narrow stairwells.

Have you seen this in action?

You attach two straps of the rail on the front of the wheelchair (Rolli); at the rear you hang the rods over the two sliding handles of the Rolli.

You are pulled up by motor and float like a little angel through the stairwell .

The reel or track of the cable can be easily mounted in any stairwell..

You will be able to get up and down on your own by remote control.

This device is build by the Högg Company, Högglift.ch from Switzerland.

I have learned that the company LeOba in Reutlingen www.leoba.de, also builds such lifts.

He has his monorail now 8 years in use.

Translator BW

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVII

February 21st, 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in äž­æ–‡ and Deutsch.

Not planned and ever so reluctant!

February 16th, 2017

Frontpage

WHAT A WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR 2017!

In October 2016 I had to be transported to the hospital on a stretcher, my wheelchair in tow.

For days I had been lying in that hospital bed when my wife visited and tried to take a seat in my wheelchair. It was placed as usual at the head of the bed. Strangely, it would not move despite the released brakes.

It appeared that a nurse had placed the hospital bed by accident on one of the wheelchair brakes. The brake lever extension reached about 5 cm beyond the wheelchair and must have been in the way. When we learned that the frame had been damaged and there were no more spare parts available for this old wheelchair, I was close to tears. All the special parts and modifications: Speedy Electra/Bike, Stricker Bike, Mini-Trac, Free-Wheel, mountain bike wheels and – most importantly it fit on to the loading system of my car! Not to mention all the other special equipment (see older posts). What we have been through together
 500 blogs on the www.eigude.de by now!

There I was – dwelling on my total economic loss! After eight years we had built quite a relationship (sniff)!

Damage report was written, lots of phone calls were made. I spare you the details.

About three weeks later the clinic insurance asked to see invoices. Well, I had none because the wheelchair had been issued by my health insurance. They could not produce any papers either and since it was so old simply suggested to get a prescription for a new wheelchair. It would be handled between the insurances, nothing more required on my part.

On December 24th my first Christmas present arrived in form of a reimbursement confirmation for my supposedly new wheelchair. I was pleased!
Two weeks ago it was ready for pick-up at the sanitary supply store. We immediately switched a few parts over from the old one to the new Rolli (took 2.5 hours). The next day I already had to fill air in the tires and the day after I finally had a flat. The first flat tire in nine years!

Now look at what I have to get around with (click here).

Translator BW

Simply Great Part VIII

February 14th, 2017

Frontpage

As previously reported, in October a new front door got installed (see older blog.) The new door now has a 3 cm high sill, even though it was known that I am a wheelchair user. I ordered and paid for a power remote control to open the door, but still was not able to make it to the entrance by myself. The floor at the entrance used to be leveled.

OK, this was totally my fault! How could I order an electric door opener without mentioning that I would like to leave the house once in a while, duh ;) Contract properly fulfilled. Set six!

After only seven weeks the electrical door opener eventually started working – just in time for Christmas, yay!

Such quality work I have experienced quite often in recent years. Are there really no more professionals? Have they become an extinct species? I maintain that our former service team still consisted of highly professional people!

Since the manufacturer of the door did not provide anything to overcome the threshold (this would be unthinkable in the USA), I had to order a fitting aluminum plate on the Internet.

My former colleagues immediately agreed to prepare and drill for installation. It looks so simple, but it really isn’t. The difficulty lies in the detail. During the briefing I already felt like being back at work – before the accident in 2007; we certainly spoke the same language.

Within a week they had those plates properly installed – couldn’t go/roll any better!
Never was I put off or did have to call after them – they just did it!

During the installation in record time I almost cried tears for joy! Everybody knew exactly what they were doing and they also brought the right tools along.
Thanks again, you guys are great!

You see, they are still around, those professionals! Only to find them is harder than a scavenger hunt at jungle camp.

Also many thanks to all my neighbors for their approval to allow me to do all these necessary modifications – in particular the installation of the stair lift and the rail at the house in 2008 (see older blog.)

Now I am only waiting, actually since May 2016, for a light to be installed next to the ramp at the front door. Meanwhile I have changed electricians. Maybe the “enlightenment” is going to happen this year 

To read all the articles of the “Just great series” . click here.

Translator BW

Technical Aids for Quadriplegics Part XIII

January 12th, 2017

Frontpage

We Quadriplegics (Teddys) Love Tootpaste Tubes!

Every morning starts with the spirited bite into the screw cap.

As long as the tube is still full you can manage to get something out most of the time, even without finger function. However, at some point you don’t need coffee anymore for breakfast because proportional to the decreasing amount of toothpaste left in the tube the blood pressure rises.

You all know those plastic clips for sealing bags (see older post).a>

Now with this clip I can get a pretty good grip of the tube.

After removing the screw cap from the tube place it on the sink and squeeze it with one hand.

No need to empty the tube at once ;-) .

Translator BW

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVI

January 5th, 2017

Frontpage

Wie HOW DO I (WITHOUT FINGER FUNCTION) PREVENT MY SMART PHONE FROM FALLING DOWN?

I never go anywhere without my smart phone, not even in my own apartment.

What could really happen there?

t happened a few years ago in my office that I rolled over a 220 Volt extension cord and got caught in it. The cable got wrapped around the wheels and I could not move forth or back. I was only a few centimeters away from both my phones, mobile and landline. I felt like a ship that ran aground! It took me about 2 hours to free myself. Waiting for the “flood” might have helped I.
Since I am not able to pick up a phone from the floor I should certainly avoid letting it fall.

When sitting in my wheelchair I always have a smart phone on a key chain around my neck. A few times I did have to dial 911.

We punched two holes in the cell phone case, one to attach the key chain and the other one to insert my index finger for support because I cannot entirely hold the phone on my own.

You all know those smart phone pockets, the ones that joggers wrap around their upper arms.

Take such a pouch and shorten the sling so it fits around your forearm.

Now you can operate your smart phone with the other hand without the risk of it falling to the floor.

Translator BW

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXV

January 2nd, 2017

Frontpage

Wheelchair auxiliary snow chains

A creative Berliner

has mounted tie-wraps to his bicycle tyre so that he can better ride on snow and ice.

Self-made tie-wrap wheelchair snow chains

This probably works with wheelchair tyres as well.

He also rides on Schwalbe Marathon tyres, like most of the wheelers.

Have a look yourself, ingeniously simple and cost-efficient!

Link: Video at Spiegel-Online

Just try it out and write a comment.

In Frankfurt there is no snow anymore, so I can’t test it!

Thanks to Hajo for the info.

However, I wouldn’t ride across the parquet floor any more. :-)

Read this old blogpost and exchange in winter right and left wheelchair tyre if necessary:

Link: Running direction of “Schwalbe” tyres

I assume no liability for this tip!

Translator BL


January 1st, 2017

To look for “Older Entries”

Click the blue button!