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4Feb/170

Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part CXIX: Self Care

First bit (not about self-care), I had given Alice a snack today after school: her usual, corn chips and guacamole, or in Alice's words, "broccoli-moley". I had turned my back and Alice grabbed a tangerine, peeled it and ate it. Now, if you've been reading this blog you know that Alice had a stroke and her right hand doesn't work so well, especially fine motor. Imagine trying to peel a tangerine under those circumstances. Right. Hunger is quite the motivator.

When we set up Alice in her room in this house, E set up an Ikea desk and vanity complete with a caddy for personal care items including a hair dryer. E taught Alice to use the hair dryer, but Alice has trouble doing that independently. She dries her hair on one side really well and the back and the stroke affected side not so much. She also holds the drier right against her scalp, causing herself burns. Seriously.

So what do you do? Change the technology.

E picked up one of these older hair driers and  Alice is doing fine with it. It takes her a little longer, but that's not a bad thing.

Every step helps her get better at taking care of herself on her own. Now if she could only take a shower in under 45 minutes.

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