I always find it interesting to read different lists of gadgets that other bloggers share. We each have different circumstances so we find different things useful and often in reading their list I find a new gadget that might help make my life a little easier as well.
Over the years, I’ve come across a number of gadgets that have become integral parts of my life. So, today I thought I’d share a few of those, and also share some of my friend’s favorite gadgets. Maybe you’ll find one or two things to make your life easier.What gadgets have made your life with chronic illness easier? Click To Tweet
Gadgets That Make My Life with Chronic Illness Easier
1. The PillSuite – What illness it helps? All of them.
Before the PillSuite if we were travelling I’d put my pills in their usual pillbox then put packaging tape over each day so that it wouldn’t open in transit.
If I wanted to go out for breakfast I’d often do so with a pocket full of pills (or if I thought about it, a ziplock baggy full of pills). The PillSuite changed that because now I can easily package up my pills into easy little “suites” making taking meds on-the-go so much easier.
Related: Pillsuite makes taking meds easier
2. Luxe Bidet – What illness it helps? IBS
This is the thing I miss most when I’m not at home. And, as far as I’m concerned it’s a must-have for anyone living with IBS (or anyone who poops for that matter). My husband loves this thing just as much as I do, so it’s definitely not just for those with IBS. Wiping sucks, this makes it easier. That is all.
Related: The cleaner way to IBS Around
3. Bath Overflow Cover – What illness it helps? Fibromyalgia (and all of them)
I love my nightly bath, but I hate not being covered with water when I’m in the bath. Those shallow tubs in hotels just don’t work for me. Our tub is pretty deep but even if leaves way too much of me uncovered. The answer is in an overflow cover. This fits over the overflow drain, allowing for an extra 2-3 inches of water in the bathtub. Best part is the price (under $10).
4. Posture Pump® – What illness it helps? Chronic neck pain (herniated discs)
I didn’t expect to like this thing, let alone to have it be something I’d use regularly. But, I found that is it just that. I can lay on this for about 20 minutes in the morning and it relieves whatever crick I wake up with, keeping me from having to run across town to the chiropractor. Any gadget that can keep me from another Dr visit is a good thing.
5. Fitness Tracker – What illness it helps? Fibromyalgia / Insomnia
I went back and forth over buying a fitness tracker for a good year. In the end I did finally buy a FitBit. I’m not trying to hit the 10,000 step goal. In fact, if anything I’m trying to make sure I don’t.
I use my fitness tracker as a tool to notify me when I’m approaching what is likely the top end of activity for my day. I also use it to help me track my sleep so that I can work on getting better quality sleep.
6. OSKA – What illness it helps? Chronic pain / inflammation
I can’t seem to make a list anymore without including the OSKA on it. This little blue gadget has been like a miracle for me. Yes, I still have shoulder pain, but now it’s usually because I’m over-doing it.
Why? Because the OSKA has relieved enough of my pain that I can even attempt to overdo it. I can dance again, I can write again. I can paint again. This brings me joy and that really makes everything better.
7. Robot Vacuum or ultra-light stick vacuum
When I was still in a full-size house I had a robot vacuum (not a roomba but close). It made it so much easier to keep my floors vacuumed. These days I’ve downsized into an RV and a robot vacuum wouldn’t really work. However, living in an RV seems to increase the amount of stuff that gets tracked into the house. Add in a cat, and I find myself vacuuming almost daily. Because we don’t have much space and because lugging a heavy vacuum just isn’t ideal for many reasons, I opted for a lightweight stick vacuum like the Dyson Animal, that weighs about 5lbs.
Gadgets My Friends Can’t Live Without
- Emma shares 5 gadgets that make her life with EDS bearable
- Ness shares aids that help her increase mobility with Fibromyalgia
- Kim shared 9 Kitchen Must-Haves for the Chronically Ill
- Kami shared 5 Useful Gadgets for Pain Management
- Treatments that have helped me most
- How I Reclaimed My Life from Chronic Illness
- Tips for keeping a clean home when you have a migraine