#CPChatNow Recap- 07-24-2019

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 participants in the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow displayed a problem solving attitude. Tasks CP can make difficult arose during the conversation. Others responded, suggesting potential solutions. I am co-host Zachary Fenell, here to tell you more the best way I know how. Through your weekly recap!

Long-time chat regular Blemi shared earlier in the day a spastic moment while using a knife almost sent her to the ER. This left me curious. So I asked participants to share their worst experience with a knife.

#CPChatNow participants discuss knife safety.

Veteran knife user Jake Jordan also showed curiosity. Though, his interest involved wondering what Blemi was cutting and with what type of knife. Those answers would help identify whether she could use a safer tool in the future.

Additionally Jake offered safety tips for using a knife. One such tip, cut away from yourself. A sentiment Blemi echoed, saying “Ya always cut away from yourself!”

Speaking up, I said I can find cutting away from myself challenging. To give an example, I mentioned cutting a roll. Jake countered, advising I hold the roll on its side and cut downwards. Plus he noted to use the proper knife, a serrated one. With a serrated knife, you should apply as little force as possible.

While Jake proved quite knowledgeable about knives, our community also received wisdom from another participant.

Veronica gives some advice about cutting food.

Veronica enjoyed a pleasant realization that although she cooks a lot, she has managed not to cut herself. She attributes the success to doubling or tripling prep time. An excellent idea!

As Veronica and I continued talking, she revealed another useful tidbit. At a restaurant they will cut your food in the kitchen if you ask! Good to know, right?

Beyond cutting food, a second CP challenge surfaced amidst the dialogue.

Participants in #CPChatNow discuss changing bedding.

I momentarily excused myself to finish up some laundry, which I warned included bed sheets. Or, as my co-host Devin Axtman referred to them “the bane of CP.”

After members bonded over the struggle bed sheets cause, Jake once again offered a possible solution.

Jake linked to the mattress lifter, The tool could assist anyone who needs help lifting the mattress when putting bed sheets on. Perhaps you utilize a particular tool to make an activity easier. Let us know! Answer for the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What is a tool you use to help make an activity easier?” Answer below in the comments!

Until next time, remember. Don’t blend in. Blend out!

-Zachary

Answer for the week's extend-the-conversation question, "What is a tool you use to help make an activity easier?"
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#CPChatNow Recap- 1-16-2019

Participants in the weekly cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow adopted a problem solving attitude Wednesday, January 16th, 2019. I am co-host Zachary Fenell, here to package that advantageous mindset into your weekly recap. One troubling issue community members offered solutions to involved how to cheer up when your body’s limits get you down.

CPChatNow participant Shira seeks advice for cheering up when body limits get you down.Regular participant Shira raised this subject, asking our community “What do you do to cheer up when the limits of your body get you down?” Long-time regular Blemi said she lets herself feel down for about an hour before saying “F’ it” and moving on. She also mentioned eating chocolate cake.

Meanwhile Linds, known within our community as The Positivity Princess, advised Shira to focus on the positive. Elsewhere my co-host Devin Axtman provided a contrasting tip.

To cheer up Devin does an activity which frees up his mind.Oppose to focusing on anything, Devin totally frees his mind by doing something that does not require him to think, watching pro wrestling. Other community members mentioned additional entertainment outlets.

Hannah and Zachary cheer up by respectively listening to music and watching comedy.Well documented music lover Hannah Pike listens to her favorite song on repeat to cheer up. Personally, I think about or watch my favorite comedy sketches. Sometimes too I use my imagination, taking favorite movie lines and putting them out of context. Essentially, I try to get myself to laugh.

What about you? I am appointing Shira’s question the week’s extend-the-conversation question. Answer “What do you do to cheer up when the limits of your body get you down?” Reply in the “Comments” section!

Another problematic topic our community discussed neutralizing during the January 16th Twitter chat included avoiding letting winter bum us out.

Linds gives advice for staying positive in the winter months.Since Linds brought up the subject, I asked her how she prevents winter from getting her down. I possessed curiosity because winter challenges me. Conditions decrease my ability to walk places, costing me some independence. Linds credited her walker for helping to improve her mobility throughout the season. Her response left me contemplating whether I should use my cane more this time a year.

This week's extend-the-conversation question asks "What do you do to cheer up when the limits of your body get you down?"

Leave your answer in the “Comments” section!

Speaking of topics to contemplate, remember to contemplate and answer the week’s extend-the-conversation question, “What do you do to cheer up when the limits of your body get you down?” Respond below in the “Comments” section. Then plan to join us on Twitter each and every Wednesday starting at 8pm ET.

Until then, remember. Do not blend in. Blend out!

-Zachary