Flexible Wrist Brace that Rocks for Computer Use

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

September 15th, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

Two days ago, I put all my computer gear into the car, so that I could go to a café to do my work, thus pretending I have some semblance of a social life. (Work that illusion baby!) Somewhere between the café and my stops on the way home, one of my wrist braces fell off the passenger side seat. The right wrist brace, of course, being that I have not one, not two, but three left wrist braces. Alanis Morissette 10,000-spoons-when-all-you-need-is-a-knife style.

I checked out some local medical supply stores, as well as some internet sites, but nobody seems to carry this magic wrist brace. It’s totally flexible, wraps around the hand and wrist, and has a big fat cushy gel pad from mid-palm and down just past the wrist joint.

So this morning I called Johnston Medical Supplies in Berkeley, CA, where I initially got the wrist brace. They have them in stock – wahoo! I found out the brace is called Medispec Gelflex. I called the Medispec company, to see if they could tell me dealers in my area, but nobody answered the damn phone; and the voicemail was full. Harumph. Anyhow, I thought it would be a good resource for y’all. They carry all kinds of interesting medical supplies.

I forget this kind of thing is out there, but this was a good reminder. Medical supply stores are kind of like toy stores for people with disabilities. We can get all kinds of groovy things to make our lives easier. Like the jar opener that my mom got me from a catalogue. I have not had to twist open a jar for years now, thanks to that purchase.  (Thanks Mom!)

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