Disability Hack for people with Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder CMT or other Neuromuscular disorders
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One of the most frustrating parts of having a neuromuscular disorder for me, is not being able to pick up all of the crap I’m constantly dropping on the floor. When you don’t have a pincher grip due to fine muscle weakness, it’s very difficult to pick up dropped change, crumbs of food and basically any other small item.

Although I do own one of those long grabber/claw devices, my problem is with my hands and not with bending down and frankly, I can use all the exercise I can get.

I recently discovered that a lint brush is an awesome tool for helping to pick up small items. The handles are usually large and easy to hold. Bonus, they sell them in 2 packs at most dollar stores.


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  1. Good idea for around the house, but I don’t think I’d pull one out at Starbucks when I drop a handful of change on the floor while trying to funnel it into the coin section of my wallet. In that situation, I’ve pretty much become an expert at acting like “that didn’t just happen” or “it’s just a little bit of change, someone else can pick it up” (LOL). Lainie, thanks for all that you do – not just providing great ideas, but for making me feel like I’m not in this alone. xo

  2. Like Joy, if i drop change when I’m out, I often pretend not to notice 😉 I have stopped using cash now because receiving the coins (change) they all slip through my fingers! I’m actually laughing right now remembering receiving my change at the local starbucks, and the handful of toonies, loonies, quarters and dimes fell all over the counter and floor. I was certain my hand was ready to receive the change. certain, but not very realistic, lol!
    I love the sticky-roller idea for dropped items at home or out! I’d whip that thing out of my purse and roll up whatever whenever because it’s better than yet again asking for help. In fact that reminds me, I’m going to start bringing my own sugar cubes to restaurants that have those little paper packets!

  3. Hi Lotte,

    I have had a similar change nightmare before. Have you read my Fight with a Parking Meter Post? 😂😂👏🏻Thank you for your your great comment. I carry a scissors also in my purse for sugar packets.

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