TIPS FOR ONE-HANDED TASKS
The difficulty and trials of being a single-handed user after a stroke have truly taught me patience and perseverance. Remember, God is the healer who wants you well. His promises are true. His word says that we were healed by the stripes Jesus bore for us. (1 Pet 2:24) We are healed by the blood of Jesus, praise God! Until you receive your freedom (your healing), here are some tips to help you with some common one-handed user tasks:
1. To blow dry your hair, lay the blow dryer on the counter with it facing you. Bend your head over and use a brush to style your hair while the dryer dries it.
2. To line baskets with liners, place your leg on one side to hold the paper while you use your hand to securely place other side.
3. To chop onions, use a special chopper board that has prongs to hold food securely while you cut your food.
4. Ladies, to secure your bra, lay bra flat on the bed and lay upon it and pull each side from under you then grab both sides with your hand and know that you can do this. (Phil 4:13) Next, place the brackets on top of the other side and gently sweep across until it “clicks” together!
5. To peel potatoes, use a handy mounted vegetable peeler.
6. To open a jar, put it between your legs to secure it and open it with your hand.
7. You can fold a towel by laying it on the back of the sofa and folding it completely in half, then do it again.
8. The easy way to place food in a sandwich bag is to put the bag in a cup and secure it by folding it over the top of the cup and filling it! For filling large gallon bags, place bag over the mouth of your blender and fill it!
9. To keep skillets secure while cooking, put one skillet on the front burner and one on the back burner. Turn the handle towards you on the skillet in the front. Gently press on the handle with your stomach while stirring food with a spatula. I have prepared many items this way. It works wonderfully!
10. A great tool you can use is the “one touch” can opener. I got mine at Walgreen’s, but they have them at so many places. I highly recommend this!
11. When opening some cans, it can be difficult to remove the contents. For easier removal, place the opened can in the wedge between your stove and counter top. Hold the can in place with your body by pressing against it while using a spoon to remove the contents.
12. I had my husband put a nail on the outside of the bathroom door, so I could hang a little mirror on it. This has helped me to see what my hair looks like in the back as I curl my hair. I open the door just enough so I can strategically aim the mirror to see the reflection of the back of my head with the big mirror on the wall. It produces great results!
13. To floss your teeth easily, you can use the one-handed flossers at Walmart or Kroger. The “Plackers” brand at Kroger are my favorite because they don’t break very often.
14. Keep a positive attitude through your struggle knowing God will always cause you to have victory in Christ! (2 Corinthians 2:14)
15. The most important tip I can give you is for you to trust in the healing power of God and receive (by faith) the healing he has already provided for you by his grace. Receive your healing for his glory.
*Please use these tips at your own risk. They have helped me, and I pray they will help you, too!
Helpful Websites for products helping with one-handed tasks:
You can find a mounted cheese grater here: https://www.completecareshop.co.uk/kitchen-aids/food-preparation-aids/
I have not purchased from any of these stores so I cannot guarantee their products or services. Ordering from them is your own choice. The grater and cutting board I received were gifts and I do not know where they were purchased.