In addition to those absolutely essential, and pretty essential items listed in my previous two posts, today’s post will include some items that are just “nice to have”. Please note that nowhere here have I included a TV because I don’t have cable. Netflix (or the like) and Hulu seem to suit any need for “tv” watching. The one problem is sports — no live sports. For these, I must settle for item #1 to have in the bedroom:
A radio and/or streaming music — It’s my only access to my beloved baseball games (go Giants!) and to tonight’s final for the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. One has to really use one’s imagination to picture a basketball game broadcast over the radio, but it’s better than no sports at all. A slightly more expensive version, of course, is streaming radio. Since it’s easy to get moody when you’re all cooped up in bed, a little music can either suit or change the mood.
Dumbbells and a leg weight — It’s important not to let your muscles atrophy while sitting around so much. Being strong also helps one’s mobility while on crutches and, I imagine, makes recovery easier. I have one pair of 3 pound dumbbells and one 5 pound leg weight. With the dumbbells I can exercises all aspects of my arm muscles. Stretching is still doable and very important, and with the leg weight, you can exercise most of the leg muscles though you can’t do anything on your stomach. That would cause you to try to bend your toe. More on exercise in another post.
Other items that are useful in the bedroom are:
A tote bag: This allows you to carry around nonspillable items if you want to get or return them to other areas of your abode. The tote bag makes you feel a little more independent, which is good whether or not you need to be.
Books and games — for obvious reasons. Though when I was on the drugs, I had a difficult time focusing on Rolling Stone articles, so make sure some readings are fluffy and others to really get into once your brain is working.
Other diversions, like knitting or other needlework. It’s probably a good idea to figure out what your project will be ahead of time, otherwise you may find yourself in the position of not having the right yarn or needles while being bored and ready to start on something. It’s also probably not the time for a big challenge either, or it might seem extra frustrating. I find knitting a good activity because I can lay all the way down while I knit and just occasionally look at the instructions (depending on the pattern), and it’s a nice way to feel productive while listening to podcasts or music.
Kleenex and other bedside toiletries, along with vitamins — Depending on what your doctor says is okay to take, vitamins can help you recover. Kleenex is just handy, as is lotion, tweezers, a mirror, and a hair brush, o keep yourself feeling better and clean.
If you’re using the same bathroom you always do, just be sure to keep your most used items accessible to you while sitting down. Otherwise, be sure to bring necessary items down to the bathroom you will use ahead of time. Make sure it’s stocked up with extra towels, toilet paper, hand soap, etc. That way, you won’t run out or have to bother any one at an inconvenient time.
One other very handy bathroom item is dry shampoo. It’s a pain to take a shower all the time when your foot is wrapped up, so if you have some on hand, you can extend that shower time just a little longer…..
Tomorrow’s post, which will wrap up these fusion-related posts for a while, will focus on practical hints for actually doing things while you’re stuck in this position.