Disability compensation tricks

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  • 06 Feb 2017 4:06 PM
    Message # 4594268
    Anonymous

    Hi everyone!

       My bum knee is being a jerk, so I have been laid up for the past few weeks. Since there's little else to do, I got to thinking about how I can modify my shop so I can work with a bad knee, or do things without stressing my knee. I didn't get very far, so I'm turning to the hivemind!

       What are some ways that people compensate for disability(ies)? A lower bench? Carts? Extension grabbing arms? Shop stool with arm or leg supports?

        My mind went straight to training chickens and/or robots, but I don't have that kind of time.

        Privacy is respected here, so no need to state your disability. If you do have a work-around for your shop please post a picture and/or a short description on how you use your shop aid. Thanks!

       -Brad Madajczyk 1833/USMC

           Chauffeur of Mattis the Airedale

  • 06 Feb 2017 10:52 PM
    Reply # 4594829 on 4594268

    A 3 legged shop stool, and my buddy Ringo is the best shop things I have. With my knees and back, my stool is just the right height for shopping mortices and dove tails n such. And my buddy Ringo (Standard Poodle) either picks stuff up off the floor for me, or he will let me use him as support to stand back up if I have to get down on the floor for any reason. Since my wrists and hands are bad, it's hard for me to grab shelves or workbench to stand back up. Gotta use me forearms and elbows. I want to get an adjustable height stool. That way I will be able to do more from a seated position. I make a habbit out of sitting whenever I can. It really helps my knees, hips, and back?

  • 07 Feb 2017 5:22 PM
    Reply # 4596325 on 4594268

    So I got 3 bad disk in my bad and 2 bum knees. I personally use Nike shoes and anti fatigue mats. But the best thing I have is my chair, I take a break about every hour and just sit it also gives me time to think about what I need to do next. Time is your best friend.

    Semper FI,

    Roger

  • 09 Feb 2017 12:24 PM
    Reply # 4600347 on 4594268

    Brad:


    Have spent years designing & redesigning my shop for better disabled access and use, have 4 different stools that are all different heights and are adjustable, two with wheels.  The other thing that is not quite as simple, get all the tools within a step or two in that 280 deg or about 4800 mil arc... plus don't store any sharp or pointed items within falling or within arms reach when falling ;-D


    Hope your doing well....

    Warm Regards,

    Andy



  • 30 Mar 2017 12:16 AM
    Reply # 4701735 on 4594268
    Anonymous

    I have learned to take more breaks! I had to but a desk when I was getting my degrees and it had two stools. Thankfully the extra is at a perfect height to use at my bench! When ever I can do the task seated I do. I also don't normally work everyday either. It may just be my injuries, but I found a day on day off to be good for me. I can push it for a couple of weeks, but I end up paying for it! Another thing, like it was said before, is I have all my tools close so I don't have to move much at all. Although I only have a small bench to work with and most of my tools are in a tote right next to it so that helps. I still tend to hurt at the end of the day, but it isn't as bad as when I am standing all day or pushing myself to get something done. 

    I think the best thing is a stool/chair, placement of tools, and taking breaks. 

  • 30 Mar 2017 2:54 AM
    Reply # 4701848 on 4594268
    Anonymous

    Sorry this is off topic, but I have to ask, Brad, I noticed your signature, were you Gen Mattis' Driver?!  

  • 31 Mar 2017 9:03 AM
    Reply # 4704226 on 4594268

    Naw man, his service dogs' name is Mattis. And he is an Airedale. And Mattis runs shit.

  • 05 May 2017 2:53 AM
    Reply # 4815665 on 4594268

    So for my claim award the VA awarded me a total of 60% compensation, so roughly 1100$ a month.the breakdown of that was as followed: I received a 50% for PTSD & received a 20% for a rapid degenerative disc protrusion in my Lower Lumbar L5L2 I think, in 2012 it was 6mm out to the right its roughly tripled & now pressed on my sciatic & somme other nerve bundling. Thus causing a constant path of pain like sharp pins and razors sensation at the finger tips to neck/ shoulder then hip right knee and ends a the right foot in short lower back pain that keeps getting worse,& yea a whopping 20% for that. All other issues,pains, illnesses were just 'dismissed'. 

    So how do I have a total rate of 60% instead of 70%? Answer is simple, it's VA math! Aka greedy math.. so the va takes the highest % being awarded in my case 50% ptsd, & subtract that from 100%, we all start with 100% has our total healthy & independent percentage score. The highest award rating then s subtracted from the starting vet score, my case this eat me w/ 50% healthy & 50% disablement. So the next award percentage, for me was a 20% low back pains, this is then applied to my remaining heathy vet percentage however it being only half healthy means that my actual award percentage only will receive an additional 10%. Equaling my total award of 60%. 

    But wait! Congress & the prez issue out the budget so that remains of 10%? Well recently very hushed like it came out that several VA Regional offices were cheating & funneling the remaining funds into private accounts & ultimately their own pockets. So read everything & stay informed!

    Jesse 

  • 05 May 2017 3:46 AM
    Reply # 4815704 on 4594268
    Anonymous
    Brad Madajczyk wrote:

    Hi everyone!

       My bum knee is being a jerk, so I have been laid up for the past few weeks. Since there's little else to do, I got to thinking about how I can modify my shop so I can work with a bad knee, or do things without stressing my knee. I didn't get very far, so I'm turning to the hivemind!

       What are some ways that people compensate for disability(ies)? A lower bench? Carts? Extension grabbing arms? Shop stool with arm or leg supports?

        My mind went straight to training chickens and/or robots, but I don't have that kind of time.

        Privacy is respected here, so no need to state your disability. If you do have a work-around for your shop please post a picture and/or a short description on how you use your shop aid. Thanks!

       -Brad Madajczyk 1833/USMC

           Chauffeur of Mattis the Airedale

    Whats going on,

    I cant compare to your situation, because everyone is different. Im in a wheelchair. I have a lower incomplete spinal injury. My right leg doesn't want to wake up from a 10 year nap. Because of my situation, there is always "adapt and overcome" going through my head. Its hard to say what would make your shop time more enjoyable, and less painful because i'm in a totally different situation. Best thing I can suggest is good shoes with really good insules in them. I cook for a living so, even though i'm in a wheelchair, during service i'm standing the whole day. Ive had knee surgery on my good knee, so it doesn't help me much. What did help me was doubling up on cushion mats. Doing two layers, instead of one. The one thing that would help my good leg when I was standing for 8 to 13 hours a day was shifting my weight between legs. I know it might feel weird at first but you are constantly removing pressure from your bad knee and you eventually start doing it without noticing. Also, shifting your weight from your heel to your toes helps. The only other thing I can suggest is a good stool, but the mats are going to make it difficult to get around. I hope this helps somewhat. 

  • 06 May 2017 10:42 PM
    Reply # 4818613 on 4815665
    Jesse Paredes wrote:

    So for my claim award the VA awarded me a total of 60% compensation, so roughly 1100$ a month.the breakdown of that was as followed: I received a 50% for PTSD & received a 20% for a rapid degenerative disc protrusion in my Lower Lumbar L5L2 I think, in 2012 it was 6mm out to the right its roughly tripled & now pressed on my sciatic & somme other nerve bundling. Thus causing a constant path of pain like sharp pins and razors sensation at the finger tips to neck/ shoulder then hip right knee and ends a the right foot in short lower back pain that keeps getting worse,& yea a whopping 20% for that. All other issues,pains, illnesses were just 'dismissed'. 

    So how do I have a total rate of 60% instead of 70%? Answer is simple, it's VA math! Aka greedy math.. so the va takes the highest % being awarded in my case 50% ptsd, & subtract that from 100%, we all start with 100% has our total healthy & independent percentage score. The highest award rating then s subtracted from the starting vet score, my case this eat me w/ 50% healthy & 50% disablement. So the next award percentage, for me was a 20% low back pains, this is then applied to my remaining heathy vet percentage however it being only half healthy means that my actual award percentage only will receive an additional 10%. Equaling my total award of 60%. 

    But wait! Congress & the prez issue out the budget so that remains of 10%? Well recently very hushed like it came out that several VA Regional offices were cheating & funneling the remaining funds into private accounts & ultimately their own pockets. So read everything & stay informed!

    Jesse 

    Jesse, keep fighting brother. You give me hope. My dad was recently able to get %100. He just kept having to fight. He says that timing is everything, as well as getting referalls to outside agencies. Outside agencies was key with his. They werent in the loop of scandal, and just wanted to do their job well, and help.
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