Up until only a few months ago, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy struggled with the idea of using aids to daily living. “It will make things easier for you” I was told by different people. Still, my head spun as I flipped through the pages of a Sammons Preston catalog. “Could I really be at a point where I need to use some of these items?”
Then one day, things got really bad. I could no longer cut my own food. Lifting a glass of water was difficult – I had to change to plastic tumblers. Holding a fork was a challenge.
I had two choices. The first was to not use assistive devices, and find myself somewhat helpless during the worst of my flares. The second was to start using assistive devices, and to maintain some levels of independence during the worse of my flares.
I chose to start using aids to daily living. The funny thing is, I absolutely love using them. The do make things much easier! I now wonder why it took me so long to accept this reality. (Must have been pride.)
So when it comes to knives, I now have two rules.
Rule #1: Always use a steak knife with a serrated edge, no matter what is being served. Just the other night we went out to dinner, and I asked for a steak knife to eat my salad. A serrated edge goes a long way in reducing the amount of strain on arthritis wrists.
Rule #2: When my wrists are really bad (yesterday was a bad wrist day, but this morning, at least, seems a little better), use my angled lightweight cutlery knife. The handle to this knife is vertical and cutting requires a rocking, and not a sliding, motion. Both of these aspects greatly reduce the strain on my swollen wrists.
Angled Lightweight Cutlery Knife
For those with limited wrist or arm movement. 1¼” diam. handle has finger contours for a comfortable grasp. Knife can be used without cocking the wrist. Weighs 1.6 oz.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!