Aids To Daily Living: Angled Knives

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.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Angled KnifeAngled 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.

http://www.pattersonmedical.com/app.aspx?cmd=get_product&id=102345
 

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

3 Comments
3 comments
  1. Janet says:

    Wow could I use that. I too am sometimes too proud to use assisted devices, but, since I cut my own as well as my kids food I want these. Thanks, RA Guy!

  2. Millicent says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that people have had the foresight & inspiration to create items such as this to enable independence in others!! There’s a host of products out there that do just that.

  3. Helen says:

    That looks like a great product. I always go for streak knives, too — my wrists have always been my worst joints and now that they’re fused, I don’t have much strength in them. Steak knives (or someone to cut my food!) are a lifesaver!

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