Long ago when I was a newbie in rehab, they sent me home with a reacher as my designated method for picking up stuff on the floor, and then life happened.
Sans-reacher, you have to use a lot of crazy stuff – a broom, a stick, a grocery bag, even a big saggy purse – to pick up stuff from the floor (people with disabilities are ninjas of creative solutions when they have to be). And in this video by Annemarie Hopkins, a wonderful woman who founded 3eLove.com (and sadly passed away in ’09), proved you can do a lot more with a kitchen spoon than just stir tomato soup.
She put the video in fast-forward mode so we didn‘t get too bored watching (we may be ninjas, but we‘re not excitingly fast ninjas), and shows how she would whip out her trusty spoon from wheelchair side pocket and push her smartphone across the floor, up to the closest wall into her “sweet spot,” where she could wedge her phone upright and finally – hallelujah! – pick it up.
While it may seem like a lot of bending and straining to the untrained eye, what Annemarie figured out actually is a finely tuned orchestra of awesomeness. Be impressed, be very impressed.
What amazing tricks do you have for getting things off the floor? Record and upload it to SPINALpedia to let the world see your awesomeness!
Watch the video!