What Works for Me
Acupressure then rest. I just wanted to tell you that my Membership is invaluable. I want to share with you what I learned by experience. One treatment from a chiropractic doctor using acupressure does me more good than a masseuse, and Medicare pays. 18-24 hours of complete rest after the acupressure treatment reduces my pain by 50% for the remaining 5 days. Daily stretches seem to be keeping anything from shrinking. During my last year-long episode (5 years ago), my right foot shortened an additional 1/2 inch, totaling a 2.2-inch difference in my feet lengths.
Virginia, Florida, posted 1-20-04
Bracemakers, Corsets, Special Shoes
For many years I have been searching the Northeast for a real orthopedic shoemaker who makes a quality and-crafted shoe that looks good, feels comfortable and is reasonably priced. Until recently I have had no success and resorted to having my shoes made overseas where there are still craftsmen who take pride in producing a fine orthopedic shoe. I was recently referred to Tim Noonan in Warren, Rhode Island, and to my delight, I found him to be a most wonderful orthopedic shoemaker. The quality of his shoes are equal to those that I have bought overseas and he is a pleasure to deal with. Members who need hand-made orthopedic shoes will find it well worth their while to travel to Warren to see Tim. His phone number is 401-247-0110.
Arthur R., Newton, Massachusetts, posted 7-10-06
Preparing for possibilities: After eight stitches to close a cut above my right eyebrow following a nasty fall, I visited my optician. I ordered a pair of prescription glasses with frames and lenses identical to those worn by people who participate in contact sports, e.g., racketball. The cost was about two-thirds of what I paid for my previous pair of glasses. (The looks I get are worth the price.) I wear them primarily when I'm on my feet, switching to standard (more fragile and expensive) glasses at other times. I also called my local fire department and spoke with the head of the rescue unit. I explained that from time to time I may fall and be unable to get myself back on my feet or possibly face other medical emergencies. He responded that I need only call, and they would appear through whatever door I had left unlocked, check me out, get me on my feet, and transport me to an emergency room, if necessary. I bought the cheapest, smallest cell phone I could find with the lowest available monthly rate, resolving to keep it in a pocket or on my belt at all times when home alone. I have never needed to use the service, but knowing it is available is of great comfort to me and my dear ones, especially for my wife who is able to leave me home alone without guilt.
Sheldon, Cumming, Georgia