I bought this plastic spine to understand my health problems and
my x-rays (in dutch) better.
It has really helped me to understand them better.
It might seem a very simple adjustment,
but for me an electric toothbrush is much less stressful for my neck than a regular toothbrush.
For everyone with neck problems, who is still using a normal toothbrush,
I can recommend an electric toothbrush.
I always use a headset with a phone.
If I have to hold the phone with one hand, then my neck is stressed on one side.
In my opinion it is bad for everyone to hold a phone with one hand for a long time.
For me, a headset with two speakers is better.
Due to my neck problems I am often dull, and with two speakers I have less trouble with
Because my voice is not very clear, I don't use a headset with a noise-canceling microphone,
because then people often don't understand me.
A phone with "hands free" or "speaker phone" could be useful,
but I have problems with those, because only one person can talk at a time
(except for some expensive phones) and I have to make more effort to speak clearly.
For a long time I used a phone that I tampered together.
In the picture below you see a phone, an amplifier and a headset (which is unfortunately with one speaker).
The amplifier is meant to be able to use a regular headset, which can also be used on my computer.
This way I don't have to use a special headset that are used with phones.
The photo below shows a phone with a connector for a headset.
I was not able to properly set this phone for me.
However, inside the phone was a chip which was programmable by use of the keypad of the phone.
I therefor was able to set the volume for the microphone louder.
So I could use this phone after all.
I thought a dect phone with headset would do.
But with the phone above, I had the problem again that people don't understand me, because my
voice is not very clear.
In 2016, I only use a cell phone. It is reasonably okay, although some people don't hear me very well.
Board for reading and writing
To read or to write something while sitting at a table, I have to bent my neck too much.
So I sought the most simple way to make a board for reading and writing.
The simplest solution was a board with a clamp. And it does work very well.
Sometimes I stick a paper to the board with adhesive.
I use writable adhesive, because that is easy to remove.
I don't use a pen a lot, because I have to bent my head during writing.
But if I write something, I prefer a rollerball pen
(also called roller, roller pen, roller ballpoint).
These pens write a lot easier and need only a very little force against paper to write.
A roller ballpoint uses a water based ink or a gel ink, and therefor they write very easy.
Some are not waterproof, but others have ink that is immediately dry after writing and
are waterproof after just a few seconds.
This is the best pen for me:
Brand and type: Uni-ball Jetstream SX-210 Blue
Price: In 2018 I paid 2.95 Euros for it.
The pen writes very smooth. It writes a good solid line without applying force.
The ink is waterproof and does not fade over the years.
The pen is approved for signing official documents.
Stainless steel plates
I use these stainless steel bowls as plate.
They are cheap, very light in weight, and they don't break when they fall.
A brush with some cold water is often enough to clean them for the next meal.
The stainless steel plates turned out to be very handy,
and therefor I bought a stainless steel teapot as well.
It is a very cheap teapot of 10 euros.
My preference is a bar of soap and not a pump with liquid soap.
A soap dish on the wall in the kitchen is bad for my neck and back because then I must reach too far.
A soap dish on the counter must be cleaned regularly.
And when I put the bar of soap on the counter, the soap stays wet.
I wanted to buy something that almost needs no cleaning, but the bar of soap should still be able to dry.
Something like that did not exist, therefor I invented something myself.
The solution was to put the soap on an elevation, I call it a soap puck.
I made it with silicone with fumed silica as filler.
The green color is ceramic dye power, neon green.
This is my first version. The result is not a round puck and the top is not flat, but it works.
Kitchen appliances with temperature control
Kitchen appliances with temperature control are handy, and therefor
less stressful for my neck.
A electric kettle with temperature control is handy and that saves time and effort.
For example water for tea can be 80°C or 90°C. Water for instant coffee
can be 60°C or 70°C.
A sous-vide cooker cooks the meat at the same temperature and the result is always the same,
without the troubles of frying.
In 2018 there are yet no simple and cheap induction hobs or microwave ovens which are able
to measure the temperature of the food in a accurate way.
There are induction hobs with a separate temperature sensor, but they have limitations.
I would like to bake and fry at a certain temperature with a frying pan
and also cook meat sous vide at 55°C in a ordinary pan.
To wash my hair I have to hold my arms and hands up and that is stressful for my neck.
That's why I was looking for the quickest and easiest way to wash my hair.
Some people stop using shampoo completely. I tried that for months,
but my skin on my head continued to produce the same amount of greasiness.
Regular shampoo is too strongly perfumed for me, that causes an itchy skin.
Sometimes it is also difficult to rinse out.
With organic shampoo I sometimes have to wash my hair twice,
because otherwise it remains greasy. That means keeping my arms and hands up for even longer.
Organic shampoo also very expensive in my opinion.
When a plastic bottle of shampoo is almost empty,
I have to keep it upside down until something comes out, that is also inconvenient.
The ideal shampoo for me has hardly any perfume, is immediately ready for use,
is easy to dose without applying force, foams immediately, rinses out easily,
is cheap and has no plastic bottle as waste.
The solution turned out to be a bar of soap.
Type: Savon De Marseille, Classic, 300 grams
A block of 300 grams costs about 1.49 euros in 2019.
When my hair is wet, then I rub this block of soap a few times over my head.
That is all that is needed for an abundance of foam. And it easily rinses out.
Bucket: construction bucket, 12 liters, bought at hornbach.nl in 2018.
Price: 95 eurocents
To clean indoors, I used good quality buckets. They were unhandy to use,
because the bottom inside is not flat.
I replaced those buckets with cheap construction buckets that have a flat bottom.
Due to my neck problems, I fill the bucket for only a small part. Therefor a bucket
with a flat bottom is much more convenient to use.
Last change to this page: February 2019