These Gadgets Can Make Everyday Tasks Easier with CMT

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by Jill Price |

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On some days, I find carrying out everyday tasks harder than on others. I don’t always want to rely on my son or someone else to help me do these things.

I started thinking about the tasks that are most problematic and what I can do to make them easier. The activities I find to be the most troublesome include opening jars and plastic packaging, fastening small buttons, reaching for items on high shelves, and picking up things that have fallen on the floor.

My Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease causes weakness and pain in my hands, making it hard for me to grasp and twist the lids on jars. I have a grip pad that makes opening some jars easier, but I still have trouble with small, thin lids. I discovered this jar opener that is supposed to be helpful for those with arthritic hands. I wonder if it will help me.

Easy-tear packaging is not always easy to tear. It can be difficult for those of us with dexterity issues. I often use my kitchen shears to cut open packaging. Another problem I have encountered is opening the plastic blister packaging that many items come in. I may have to get this gadget to manage those annoying blister packages.

The small, dainty buttons on blouses may look pretty, but they are not easy to fasten. This tool I found could help with those pesky buttons. It may even help my son and my dad with the buttons on their shirts.

Some days I find it hard to reach items on high shelves or pick something up after I’ve dropped it. Growing up we had a tool for reaching items on the top shelf. It worked for out-of-reach things and for picking objects off the floor. I may have to add one of those tools to my holiday list.

These items might make some of my everyday tasks easier, and they are reasonably priced to suit my budget. It is important for me to be able to do as many things on my own as possible. I don’t want to rely on others to do the things that I could do with some modifications. I think it might be time for me to invest in some tools that will help me to maintain my independence.

How do you make everyday tasks easier? Please share in the comments below.


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deb capwell

I was a Special Education teacher. I have two beautiful girls in their twenties. One has a set of twins and the other is back in school. I knew something was wrong with me in midde school. I would wonder why I get tired quicker or why I just could not follow through in a sport; such as I would do great at try outs but could not do well in games or actual testing (cheerleading). No one understood why I would peter out. I think I was the same in my 20s and 30s. I had no problem with my daughters and working full time. But in my 40s CMT really starting showing up but I have idea why I was differnt. In 2013 I had an car accident, broke my foot and was laid up .During this time many doctors and I were tring to figure out why my foot was not healing, Finally I saw a nero doctor and wow you have CMT!!! Since my husband and I were in shock I never looked or asked for more information.
I few years later, at 55, I accepted my fate and I am lost. Now I am ready to more on and meet more CMT people.
How do you do teach and raise a child? I am still trying to learn how to walk with out help.


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