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Amazing new aid!

Hi everyone

I have just come home after having an ALIF (L4/S1) and want to tell you about the wonderful tool the occupational therapist at the hospital introduced me to. It's called a bed pole. This tool has a flat piece that sits under the mattress and a pole that comes up the side of the mattress and is higher than the mattress. This wonderful tool gives you something to hold onto when you are doing a log roll. It is something to lean on and help balance when you are moving from a sitting to standing position and is even helpful when you are trying to reposition yourself in bed.

I didn't have anything like this when I had my TLIF last year so I can compare the two experiences and tell you that this tool is right up there with the ever popular reacher/grabber tool that we can't live without!

Cheryl :)



  • It sounds very helpful Cheryl,
    I wonder if it is available on line.

    I am hoping that I won't have as much trouble getting up and out of bed with a cervical fusion as I did after my lumbar fusion. Anyone have experience to share???
  • I have gotten into the habit of leaning my cane on the nightstand next to the head of my side of the bed. When it's time to get up I roll over, grab the cane, and leverage myself using that and my right elbow. Cheap, simple, and it's something that I already own.
    Disability retirement
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