In our “daily struggles” series, we will be going through small difficulties faced by obese people on a day to day basis and providing solutions that could make life easier.
Let’s start first thing in the morning with the struggle just to get out of the bed. Many people with obesity lack functional mobility which means that getting out of bed is a real struggle and cannot be done without a great deal of strain, time and effort. Even if you get to be upright there is the fear that you might fall or that one day you will be completely confined to that bed. Of course for those people who don’t want to be confined to their bed there are hoists and slings to get you out of bed and electrically operated beds to raise you up.
Once standing, it can be a struggle just to get from one room to the other; balance can be a problem and sooner or later you will have to use the bathroom. There are toilet seat raisers to help you to sit down but you might need a commode-style chair to go over the toilet. Since reaching can be an issue, a long handled bottom wiper might be needed. Showers designed for people with disabilities can be large enough to fit a wheelchair in so this might be an option. Once you are in the shower you can use the sponge on a handle, toe wiper and an extended shower hose to clean all parts of your body. Despite showering twice a day body odour can also be a big issue due to the folds of skin trapping bacteria (and sometimes fungus) in those cosy moist folds of skin. Keep a deodorant on hand when you go out as this will help you feel more comfortable if you should need it. Also after showing try using medicated powders (providing there is no medical reason not to) to tackle prickly heat, fungal and also keep your skin thoroughly dry.
Shopping for Clothes
Next you have to find clothes that not only fit (online shopping has expanded to offer a much greater selection of sizes and styles) but are comfortable and don’t pinch or rub your skin. Ask a shop assistant to help you try out clothes or bring a friend/family member if you are shy. Trying on shoes is less challenging but many people feel it is easier to remove and put on shoes using a shoe horn. Avoid choosing shoes with fasteners; only slip-ons can be managed if you’re shopping alone.
Of course, any specially adapted equipment that you might need to bear your weight will need to be sturdier than the average furniture which means that this comes with its own weight. Combine this with your weight and it could mean that the load capacity of your upstairs floors (and downstairs if you have a cellar or basement) might need to be increased. Extra support and reinforcement of joists and floorboards might need consideration if you are going to need aids to help you remain mobile.
More to come in part 2!
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