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Getting humble and gadgets…

I used to make fun of gadgets.

You know, the ‘every kitchen, bathroom, bedroom needs this, makes a great gift, the current trend of wedding gifts, two for one price’…you get the idea. I equated it as a lazy person’s version of never picking up a knife to see what it was actually used for in preparing a meal, stirring your coffee with a spoon instead of a self-stirring mug (yes, there is such a thing) that uses a AAA battery and you push the button or the can opener that pushes into the can and lets it open by a AA battery.

Well, here comes the dx’d of RA.
And who quit making jokes?

I spoke with a nurse of my Rhuemy Doc about this one year. I griped about when my hands start puffing out like miniatures sausages and even when I grab a convenience dinner to pop in the microwave it’s hard and painful to open. She smiled and told me that one patient she knew still kept a paper cutter from her years teaching school propped on her kitchen counter where she positioned the package and whacks it down like a guillotine. Then she dumps the content on a paper plate in her microwave and voilà! A meal.

‘You have to find a gadget that works for you’ she ended the conversation.

Enter my humility.

Oh, I have experimented and found those that work, when the pain dominates my desire for a halfway decent meal. Or to put my shoes on without holding my breath with the urge to scream. Or to put on a tee shirt without pretending to be shot from a cannon.
And I have a nice set of these gadgets that makes the life easier.
And a seemingly large cache of batteries.

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  • mcadwell
    2 years ago

    I completely understand about the gadgets. I didn’t understand why anyone would need things like this…until it happened to me.

    Rubber covers on doorknobs and lamp switches.

    Glow in the dark tape on so many things so I can grab them in the dark (fingers are numb so can’t rely on finding the things by feel.)

    Had to buy an electric can opener because I can no longer use manual ones.

    Vegetable stomper (that’s what I call it – put in a vegetable, slam down the lid and you have diced vegetable).

    Large binder clips, on the toothpaste tube, makes it easier to squeeze out the toothpaste.

    Bar soap in a pantyhose leg, tied to the shower curtain rod, keeps me from dropping the soap and I don’t have to stuggle to pick up the slippery thing (and no soap residue anywhere either).

    Bed is now on risers (with electrical plugins!) because I can’t bend over easily to make the bed now. Everything has been moved to waist level because of that too.

    My Instant Pot now lives on my countertop, instead of a cabinet, because it’s just easier.

    My laundry basket now wears a harness, with padding, that I can loop over my shoulders, so I can get it downstairs to my washer/dryer.

    My nightstand has all my medicine on it. I’ve found that if I put the bottles away I completely forget to take them!

    I’ve found dust is a protective coating. 🙂

    We just have to figure out what works best for each of us.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing these great tips mcadwell. You are absolutely right that everyone needs to assess their situation – a little trial and error – and figure out what works for them. Thought you might be interested in these videos from a couple of or contributors on helpful gadgets:

    Wishing you the best. Richard ( Team)

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