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Up And Down Ambulance Cot
With the flick of a friendly wrist, Susan Armbrecht's new elevating cot with air cylinder (works like the lift) soars to almost iron lung bed height, or lowers to nose-safe depth for station wagons. It can be operated even by a child. It can be stopped at living room chair level or raised to a counter-snooping level on shopping expeditions. Susan had the cot made shorter than usual -- much easier for turning corners and riding crowded elevators. She worked out the details with a local ambulance and mortuary supply company.
Janet Ruehling: "Our car is a late model -- almost too late -- but it is a roomy one. We take out the back seat and build the floor up (we used thick magazines) until it is on the same level with the back seat frame-work. Then we placed a chaise lounge (with the back lowered) crossways of the car, on this improvised floor . The chaise must be one that has a bend at the knees as well as a back that can be raised, otherwise, you wouldn't be able to close the door.
I am carried to the car on a strip of canvas (2 people can do it easily) and placed on the chaise. We used the canvas because it provides a much better grip for carrying and an easier entrance and exit to and from the car.
My feet are lowered and my back raised and I can sit very comfortably, with an excellent view out of the front, back and side windows. There is plenty of room for my motor, battery and a stool for someone else.
My only complaint about my first trip this way was the banging my tail bone got as I was slid into place on the chaise. My sister quickly made the suggestion that I tape a piece of foam rubber to my tail bone and I certainly intend to take her up on this."
More Fluid Typing
If you want to type without bothering anyone too often, have your post-cards joined with masking tape, making a long accordion-like flowing strip. (Don't put the tape over the stamp, it may pull it off). Type the addresses on strips or sheets of gummed perforated labels, which can be licked and applied, even by a child.
Use the same label method for putting addresses on envelopes. For letter writing, use extra long legal-size paper; write several on one sheet and have them cut apart later. Or, if you are a very prolific writer, use a roll of shelf paper in a width to suit your typewriter. You can make your own address labels by typing the address between the letters, and then have them cut out and pasted on the envelopes later.
A suggestion for a really long long bath tub came from Martin L. Wilson, Tampa, Florida -- an alumnus of the Augusta Georgia Respiratory Center:
"Have a plumber make your tub out of galvanized sheet metal. It can be made any length, width and depth you desire. A drain pipe can be soldered to bottom at the foot end and attached to other drains.
Have a carpenter build a frame work that will hold the tub with a "sunken top" so there will be a floor under the bottom of the tub to help support it. It can be filled with a siphon or extra faucets can be installed to fit over the side and need not be attached to the tub. A board about three feet long, with one end on the edge of the tub at the head end and the other end in the bottom will support the upper part of the body so one will not have to lie flat and yet not be in upright position. A foam rubber pad tightly covered with a rubber or plastic sheet can be placed in the bottom of the tub for padding."
An adjustable, flexible shower arm has head with lever for either needle sprayer gentle stream. Chrome on brass; fits all connections. $7.95 from Banner Scientific Supply, Lincoln Bldg. New York, 17, N.Y.
The Editor's cigarette holder is a most sophisticated lognette type. Stiff wire in dowel for handle, looped several times on cigarette end. Use of it involves only slight wrist or finger movement."
"Ham" Radio Operator
Bob Dickum, 504 Lincoln St, Struthers Ohio, spends most of his time with his radio station K8JDO. He says it is a hobby that can be taken up by anyone who is willing to some studying about the basic fundamentals of radio and the learning of the Morse code.
It takes only a small investment to get some used equipment or you can build your own if you are able. He has about $300 worth of equipment but he started with $55 worth. He has his receiver and transmitter in the front room and talks to people all over the country every day without leaving his house.
He has a polio friend who lives about 20 miles away and they have a talk everyday. His friend has only a limited use of two fingers on his right hand, so almost anyone can be set up to use and enjoy the equipment. The "Ham Op's" are a great bunch and will give all the help needed, especially to a handicapped person. For more information, Bob recommends "How to Become an Amateur Radio Operator" which is available at most newsstands.
Robert I. Shibley, 657 N. Firestone , Akron, 1, Ohio -- a veteran of many respirator centers - is also a "ham."