With a Little Help From My Friends

The title is another reference to music but you have to wait till the end of the page for it. 😉

Good morning again. Sunny Sunday here. Which might give me a reason to get a little spiritual and say “God works in mysterious ways” or maybe go a little A-Team and say “I love it when a plan comes together!”

First of all, I would like to thank three lifelong friends for making the trek from the old hometown to see me. We ate in a restaurant and our server was someone I know from my school job. Turns out her side job is elder care (elder? “Them’s fightin’ words, Pilgrim!”) and she would be glad to be a driver for me. Score!

The other serendipitous thing to happen was meeting my massage therapist, visually impaired for 47 years and a treasure trove of experience, the same week we got a question from a subscriber! Now I know whom to ask!

The question was more involved than this but it had to do with personal care. Specifically, how to remove unwanted hair. Contacting the massage therapist, I was told that is an easy fix. There is a machine called an epilator that quickly plucks hair like you do when you use a tweezer. [Lin here: I know it sounds painful but it really isn’t. I use one on my face & it is much less messy & painful than a cream depilatory or waxing.] I just went online to Amazon and there are 909 results for epilator. There is one that is $10 but it only got 3 stars. There is one by Remington that is a little over $25.00 and got nearly all five stars.  [We get no money for endorsing any products from Amazon on anywhere else, these are just our recommendations.]

Of course, there’s more to personal care than this & we’ll come back to it.  In the meantime, click here for a good article on shaving for both men and women.

There I go name dropping again. I have no idea whether the Remington is any good. All I know is what I read online, with apologizes to Will Rogers (“All I know is what I read in the papers and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”).  Although I also just found out Donald Trump said “all I know is what I read on the Internet.” Wonder if he credited Will? But this is NOT a political site, so onward!

The massage therapist, MT for short, said she would be happy to write a post on personal care and get it to me soon. As soon as we can, we will get it posted. Then she can have her own first name back, too!

Another thing the MT said she uses is a clear gel mascara. I had never heard of clear gel mascara but I can see the point. If you get it on your face it is clear and shiny and not a big, black smear. The MT uses Maybelline – oops, not an endorsement – but Amazon also has by Cover girl and a few others. Be careful on the Amazon site. It says 157 results but only the first 5 or 6 look as if they are actually clear.

Click here for a good article on Makeup Application for women with low vision.

Hope that helps. I am looking forward to getting posts from the MT. What we are trying to do on this site is mine real life experience, back it up with research if we can and HELP. Joe Cocker was right. OK. Lennon and McCartney were right, too, since they wrote it, but I like the Joe Cocker version. Lin, key the music, please!

Click here for Joe Cocker’s With a Little Help From My Friends




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3 thoughts on “With a Little Help From My Friends”

  1. Hello, just curious, how do you cope with personal appearance? To be exact, make up, hair, shaving, eyebrows…
    This will sound silly, but when I first was Dx with MD, and after I recovered from the punch in my gut and a long cry, I actually thought to myself ” Who will help me with plucking my facial hairs?” I never considered myself vain, truly, but this ridiculous thought came to mind, I am embarrassed to say.
    Thankfully, I can still attend to my personal needs, but I know the day of being more depended on others is in the future. I have always been the care giver; the wife, mother, grandma, paramedic, nurse, hospice volunteer….when the time comes, how do I ask for help with these unimportant personal tasks?

  2. I like the sound of the epilator and I intend to explore the different brands before choosing the right one for me. I never heard of this device so I am excited to try it out.
    Thank you.

    1. Linda here. I’ve used one for years & I wouldn’t go back to any other way of removing unwanted hair. And it really doesn’t hurt!

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