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Continued saga of the patient lift!

Monday, March 18, 2013

DH had a stroke 7 years ago. Three years ago I got a patient lift that never helped us much.
Two years ago I put us on a waiting list for a used really good patient lift. Recently I have been pushing the health aids to use the lift we have. Each time we tried it was a disaster. We were worn out and I ended up transferring him myself. But...finally a really good lift is in our home! emoticon

I thought problem solved! Well. emoticon .........first the belt seemed too small. It costs $169.00! I put the belt higher on him and it worked! emoticon Problem solved! Nope. emoticon

Even then the lift did not go high enough to make him stand. And it did not get his butt really into the wheelchair! emoticon

I found the adjustment for height. emoticon But the foot plate still crashed into the footplate of his wheelchair. No good. Will this ever get resolved! emoticon

At his physical therapy today a wheelchair worker was there! emoticon I have never seen that before all the times we went. He showed me an adjustment on the wheelchair . emoticon

So..........maybe emoticon emoticon tomorrow morning the darn things will work.

I need a vacation from all this! emoticon


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDAF49 3/20/2013 1:07PM

    Oh Sweet Chris ... one step forward ...hang on to it ... I agree, call the company that makes the lift and get good instruction manual AND A TECH/THERAPY person to come and show you the right way to do it all.. Is DH is a regular Wheelchair or motorized one?? A physical therapy person should be able to fill in any of the gaps for you .. be clear and verbal that you have to have some help to get it all figured out and then all will be safe, happy and progress.

I continue to pray for you and so wish I could just snap my fingers and be there to help you. Hugs and prayers for your day ... for strength and perseverance and for good quality care so you can get a VACATION if only for a few hours away and peaceful and fill your servant heart back up with love and courage and boldness to carry on.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/19/2013 9:58PM

    Did the lift not come with instructions? If not, then call the company and ask for the instructions to be sent and/or if they can send someone out to properly set it up and show you how to use it. I'd bet that a lift used improperly could a) hurt him b) hurt you and/or c) damage or destroy the lift itself.

Don't give up on it - keep trying. Once you get it figured out it'll be very helpful.

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DANLIN60 3/19/2013 12:58PM

    I pray for you Chris that you are successful now with the lift. Your DH is very lucky to have you by his side, you are such a good person. Please let us know how you make out.

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SUGARSMOM2 3/19/2013 12:49PM

  lets hope all your prayers are answered . wish you only good . always someone has an answer just have to find the right answer .

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WALLAHALLA 3/19/2013 12:09PM

    With all the work you do, your husband's theme song could be "Love Lifted Me", and that's the truth!

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IAMWINNING 3/19/2013 11:58AM

    Praying you get the lift to work right and give you some relief.

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TXMEMAW6 3/19/2013 11:43AM

    Chris, with all you've been through, it's no wonder that you feel you need a vacation from it. I'm praying that you will find a solution to the lift problem. I know there must be an answer out there somewhere. Good luck and know that we are all thinking about you and sending you hugs and love!

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ALIHIKES 3/19/2013 11:39AM

    I SO hope the lift works well when all the adjustments have been made! And I am glad you got it!

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SPROCKETS1 3/19/2013 10:20AM


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GINA180847 3/19/2013 9:22AM

    I am not too surprised. As a care aide I had a lot of not too good experiences with lifts. Being short does not help.

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123ELAINE456 3/19/2013 9:12AM

  Wishing all the Luck in the World with the Lift. Hope it works like a Charm (really good) for You. Let Us know How It Works Out Please. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LABRATIAM 3/19/2013 6:39AM


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CELIAMINER 3/19/2013 3:04AM

    You have labored so hard to make this work. Keeping fingers and toes crossed that success is near!

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GRAMMACATHY 3/19/2013 2:58AM

    Let us know if the lift works. What kind did you get? I really liked the bed and set up in the hospital. I didn't use it, but it sure looked impressive. I am surprised they did not have a technician fit your hubby and teach you how to use the lift. Hope the morning is better. If not Push the provider.

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FAVALL 3/19/2013 1:35AM


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SONYALATRECE 3/19/2013 12:57AM

    Best wishes!
Prayers your way!

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NANCYPAT1 3/19/2013 12:33AM

    Wishing you luck with getting it straightened out. I feel for your frustration. I imagine it frustrates your hubby too. You are an inspiration.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 3/19/2013 12:27AM

    Hang in there Chris. You're such an inspiration to us all. Hoping y'all get this thing figured out and maybe get a little relief. Sending you hugs emoticon

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GEORGI1832 3/18/2013 11:43PM

    You are an inspiration. I felt humbled when I looked at your sparkpage after reading this blog. And doing part time work that includes training nurse aide to use lifts I also understand your frustration. Good luck. emoticon

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