Archive for May, 2011

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXXVIII

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


My friend always tells me that I have a static like

Bernd das Brot

(German kids television character, an ill-humoured bread)

Long torso, short arms and short legs.

Therefore the transfer from wheelchair to car belongs – because I can’t stand and the door sills are becoming wider and wider – into the realms of fantasy.

This gap is insurmountable for me. Many wheelers have the same challenge (I have abolished all “problems” years ago, see front page) and use a slide board, with which they glide as elegantly as possible from wheelchair to car seat. To learn this there was once a

brand new car lifted with a tower crane in the 9th floor

of a hospital in Frankfurt which is standing since then in the corridor of the occupational therapy.
The car won’t be stolen for sure!!!

Almost all car customizing companies offer a permanently mounted foldaway slide board, with which one can transfer relatively save to the driver seat.

Why one is dragged at the trouser waistband into a car at rehabilitation fairs and the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt, because these “specialist companies” don’t even have a slide board with them, is incomprehensible for me. Usually a mounted slide board should be part of the basic equipment.

Only on demand I got an offer for a foldaway slide board.

Get yourself a

permanently mounted slide board

fitted if you also have difficulties with the transfers.

You can drive with the wheelchair directly to the transfer board.

As you can see perceived 2 kg key chains are normal for me!

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Alternative Therapy

Monday, May 30th, 2011


There are various therapies for muscle relaxation.

Mud packs, acupuncture, massages of all kind, stimulation current therapy, etc. etc. etc…

There is a shockingly expensive machine called Galileo which is basically just a vibrating plate on which you can regulate different frequencies.

On Saturday night we went to the group vibration therapy, similar to Galileo, to the “Festhalle” in Frankfurt (big event hall).

The English therapists are known since 1975 under the name

Iron Maiden

and achieve with their years of experience and permanent frequency changes best possible therapy successes by full body vibration.

Muscle build-up by clapping and CPAP lung exercise by singing along!

By slight shock-values generated by the stage design additionally the circulation is stimulated.
Several thousand patients were treated at the same time.

An additional positive effect is that you can still hear slightly the sound of the ocean days later which causes a holiday feeling.
Incomprehensibly the health insurance does not cover the costs of this since 36 years proven and tested alternative therapy.

Read my older blogpost Football ticket on prescription.

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Wheelchair Tuning Part XXIV (Competitor)

Friday, May 27th, 2011


Chapeau to the constructor!

12 x 2 Offroad Wheelchair, just cool this vehicle, it is currently for sale, 6,5 HP, 4 km/h, with starter cable.

Of course without inspection of the technical control association.

With this vehicle up to the next street fair… ;-)

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Technical Aids for Quadriplegics VIII

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


There are really good technical aids available.

These technical aids are often developed by concerned people, produced in small batches and are in many cases not known by physicians and therapists.

We “Teddies“ (Quadri- or Tetraplegics) often have limited or not any finger function any more.

A companion had a great idea, worked it out until production readiness and distributes this individually adapted gripping aid under the name


You have a let’s call it gripper adapted to the hand.
This is opened and closed pneumatically by pushing a button with the other arm.

Depending on the handicap there are various different grippers, hand adaptions, etc. etc. etc…

You are able to grip again.
This gripping aid facilitates again independent eating, drinking, writing… ingenious!!

When I was asked I immediately volunteered as test person for new developments. Maybe I can help a little bit.

Look at the homepage and make it known.
Not to be able to walk any more is one thing, but not to be able to grip properly any more is not really great.

Take away the tools from a technician, and he will get them back!!!
The key chain is from the German technical relief organization ;-)

Let’s wait and see if I recognize myself in the mirror after the next test series :-)

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXXVII

Monday, May 23rd, 2011


On Saturday I was on a “development training” on the rehabilitation fair in Karlsruhe.

I am especially interested to test technical aids.
This is even more fun with prototypes. This

Unicycle front engine Type Slave

is just stuck on the footrest of the wheelchair. A stud bolt is clamped to the footrest before, and off it “goes”. (Only suitable for wheelchairs with rigid-welded frame).
I didn’t reach maximum speed due to my survival instinct. Without anti-tipper on the wheelchair it’s a little tricky…
I don’t consider the name slave as suitable.

The thing is very handy, you can quasi tuck it under your arm, and it is quite light with its approx. 9 kg.

To quickly drive to the bakery without having to transfer to the electric wheelchair it can be rather useful. If you have other ideas for possible applications please write a comment.

You should better be careful that your nephew doesn’t mount the little tractive secretly to his child scooter.
I would have probably done it ;-)

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011


The most important safety equipment of a wheeler is his mobile phone.
You need it in the most paradox situations, maybe I will tell more about it later.

Yesterday I wanted to change my ancient mobile phone tariff and visited a store with the magenta coloured rectangles (translator’s note: German telecom), because online you can only upgrade and not downgrade your contracts.
A very kind competent service guy changed my tariff by means of a TAN code and a generated text message on my mobile phone immediately and without unnecessary sales talk.
Fascinating technology…
I interpreted the permanent clattering on the keyboard as work.
Then perceived 20 pages of paper with some standard templates were printed, filled, signed, and I was almost content.

Furthermore I wanted to terminate a partner SIM card, for which they already told me at the telephone hotline that this could only be done in writing, and I would best visit a shop.
I asked the service guy for the termination and he said that he would immediately set up a document.

The service counter was rather high for me so that I didn’t see exactly what he was writing.
Have a look yourself, you can close “digitally” the weirdest contracts with the company bling, bling, bling, bling.
SMS, WARP, GPS, UMTS… everything is possible, but for a simple termination letter the analogue pen has to come out!!!

Afterwards I was surprised that the service guy of this younger generation could actually handle such an ancient helping aid (pen).

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The eigth Plague of Mankind

Monday, May 16th, 2011


Yesterday it was raining cotton wool

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Rollator Part I

Sunday, May 15th, 2011


As wheelchair user I have neglected the subject of rollators or walkers a little bit until now. During my journeys through the depth of the internet I have discovered some especially beautiful types:

Parlour Trolley “Push Me!”

Golf Rollator Type “Get the Ball”

Special Edition “Father’s Day”

Skate Rollator “Schuhmacher”

Special Type “Vettel 80″

My Favourite “Sankt Pauli”

Cleany 3000

The parlour trolley is for sale under a different name.

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXXVI

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011


Everybody who knew me before my accident still remembers that I couldn’t sit quietly for 5 minutes. I am catching up this time now intensively.
The bad thing with a para-/quadriplegia is that often all muscles at the butt are lost.

If some day only the hip bones poke out of the bottom, the butt starts to “ouch” as if you were just driving with the car nonstop from Frankfurt to Rimini.

Cushions for wheelchairs are a science in itself. Starting with a simple piece of rubber foam for cheap 120 €, via shockingly expensive comb cushions which look like a beehive for 600 €, up to inflatable special cushions which looked upon from above remind of a box of chocolate marshmallows.

I am using a comb cushion myself which actually is rather good. I consider the price of 125 € for an adequate seat cover which in my case starts ripping at the corners after 6 months as such a cheek that I have my covers privately mended to avoid charging my health insurance with such exorbitant prices. Everything has its limit, currently my cover has leather on the corners!

As just explained there are endless types of wheelchair cushions…

Why shower commode chairs are only slightly cushioned if at all, is inexplicable for me. After long research I have found an approximately 1,5 cm thick

Gel rest for shower commode chairs

The investment of 143 € is worth each cent.
I am using it daily for meanwhile 6 months now and I am absolutely content.

This shower commode chair is a standard model: Apart from the fact that the brake springs were broken after 2 years and the rear tyres were seized up, the shower water accumulates on two slots on the front tyres. This can only be topped by the fact that water is accumulating in the inside of the frame and can’t drain off, because there is no exit for it.

They should have provided the information that the shower chair is not water resistant!

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