Enjoy Your Holidays While On Crutches

Spending your holidays on crutches is not ideal and basically horrible, but there are some things you can do to make it more enjoyable and help you make the most of your time with your family and friends.


Here’s a few tips I’ve gathered from my own experience and others:

  • Remain Thankful – be it family, friends, good medical care, or good health, we can find things for which we are and should be thankful.  Focusing on the positive and finding gratitude will lighten your load.
  • Stick to Your Schedule – Take your meds and do your exercises. Keep your health and healing the priority. Your family will understand.  If you need rest, be strong and take it.
  • Don’t Overdo it – getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday activities will wear you out.   If you are feeling tired and the party is still going strong, take care of yourself and call it a night.  Don’t risk a recovery setback, or be too tired later and have to miss a future event(s).
  • Stick with Healthy Foods – yes, they are not fun and holiday treats are so delightful, but don’t over indulge.  You need to stick with healthy options as often as possible to fuel your healing body with the nutrients it needs.
  • Stay Off Your Feet – don’t push yourself by being up and about all the time. Be sure to take some time to elevate your foot/leg when possible.
  • Don’t Make the Feast – take this opportunity to bow out of making the big meal.  It will take you much longer than others AND zap your energy.  Let your family and friends know well in advance that you can’t do it this you.  Some one else can take over. If it’s not as you would have done it / perfect, there is always next year. Plus, everybody needs something to laugh about later. 
  • Accept Help – Most of us enjoy being self-reliant.  It’s frustrating to be on crutches and deal with extra limitations.  Most people would jump at the chance to help you. Let them. It makes the other person feel better about your situation. Look at it this way:  If my friend or family member were in my position, I would want and expect to help them.  If you reverse it and look at it that way it can be easier to accept help. 
  • Deck Them Out – if you are inspired, deck out your crutches for the holidays!  I’ve seen them wrapped in garland, red and green ribbon with big red bows, striped with holiday colored duck tape (don’t recommend, may leave sticky after), even with jingle bells attached.  It will hopefully keep you in the holiday spirit and brighten your attitude each time you use them.  It’s also likely you will make those around you smile and remember, everybody needs a big smile during the stressful holidays!

To Christmas Card or Not?

The most creative "Merry Christmas" card I`ve ever seen! Love it


     This year I’m considering NOT sending out Christmas Cards.  I know, it doesn’t really seem like that radical of a move, but for some reason it feels like it is.  Often, the only way I keep in touch with some families I love is through the holiday card.  I know, you are wondering how close I really am to them if we are down to communicating primarily through this ritual.  

     As most of you know, once your life becomes busier with work, kids, their school, and all the events that come with it – you really do lose touch with some great peopleIt’s geography and time. Some of my favorite people had kids at my kids’ school. I would see them daily in the parking lot or at school events for years.  Once their kids moved on, we weren’t hanging out in the parking lot together anymore.  Does it mean I don’t love and care for them anymore?  Of course not! We just aren’t at the same place/time anymore.  Ditto for family members that live far away.  We always have fun when together, but don’t communicate much otherwise.

Problems TO NO HOLIDAY CARD move:

  • Will everyone think they didn’t make my list this year and that they have fallen out of favor?

  • Will I get dropped from everyone’s list for next year (gotta give to get)?


Bonus to NO HOLIDAY CARD move:

  • No need for the scheduling, finding the perfect clothing, and making sure everyone is in a good mood for the dreaded holiday photo

  • Save TIME & MONEY. It takes a LONG time to address each of those cards.  There was a time, long ago, when the affordable Costco card sufficed.  Now, I’m sucked in to all very fun and creative cards to be found online, and they are no Costco bargain!

  • My hands will no longer suffer from the pain of all those envelopes.

Awesome and creative Christmas card ideas.
     As I’m writing this, I’m figuring out my decision.  As much as it simply sucks up time and money, I TRULY LOVE getting everyone else’s cards, and yes, even reading the “Christmas Letters” that many dread. So, for now I’m still a sucker for sending holiday cards.  Maybe I’m still early enough to get the discount for my online card order if I pull it together this week. Wish me luck!

Christina, Crutch Caps Inc team member



Sharing your illness and the variety of effects occurring within your body and mind is difficult. Nobody wants to be a “Negative Nelly” or “Debbie Downer”, but everyone wants to be able to share their painful situations. Gaining trust and support from your peers remains a major factor in surviving and flourishing when dealing with a chronic illness. You and I both know this, but the tough situation persists.

Speaking out is cathartic for your soul. Your stress goes down and your friends / family realize you are not being lazy while saying, “No.” You want to be the “perfect” person you remember being before getting sick, but is it worth the pain? I believe your friends will understand and support you, but they need to know your unique situation.

I happened along this blog, “Managing arthritis pain starts with a conversation” and found it honest, interesting and most of all encouraging. Below is the URL for the blog, “Managing arthritis pain starts with a Conversation”




Whether or not you are suffering with any type of arthritis, please give it a read. If you are suffering, it leads you to an interest site for sharing your pain. If you’re not, it could help you understand your friends / family / coworkers situation. We all need a bit of empathy in the challenging world of health care.

Let me know what you think of the article and sharing your pain. I hope it positively affects you also.

Laura, a Crutch Caps Inc. team member





FALL IS NOW – Take a moment to enjoy it!

Fall is my favorite season

     Here in the Midwest it’s a beautiful time of year. I love the incredible color variety in the leaves, the crisp and cool mornings followed by sunny afternoons with brilliant blue skies, and the chilly evenings for piles of blankets and open windows. Plus, soup is on the stove for a warm and yummy meal.

Gourmet Pumpkin Soup from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:  1 T butter, 2 T brown sugar, 1 sugar pumpkin = 3 lbs, peeled, seeded and cut into matchbox size pieces, 1 T yellow curry powder, 20 oz. chicken stock, 2 T pumpkin seed oil, sour cream, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, and curry powder to the butter; cook and stir until the pumpkin caramelizes, 6 to 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth over the mixture; bring to a boil, and cook until the pumpkin is tender, about 20 minutes more. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel; start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Process in batches until smooth. Garnish each portion of soup with 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, a dollop of sour cream, and a few pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkins are out and ready to go – I love almost everything having to do with pumpkins.  From heading out to the pumpkin patch, one of my favorite family outings of the year, to carving/decorating, to all the foods made from pumpkin – I can’t get too much of them.  Some of my favorites are chocolate chip pumpkin bread (I use a Cooking Light recipe), pumpkin soup ( see recipe above) , and yummy pumpkin pie. Delicious!

     Fall RunningImage from Well Fit Fusion. Thanks Lisa!

If you have kids, they’ve settled into school by now (hopefully), and you have a bit of structure back in your life from the whimsy of summer. The weather is perfect and it’s time to get fit using your beautiful fall surroundings – I’m not a die-hard athlete, so when it’s cold/rainy/snowy out, you’ll find me staying in for a movie instead of being focused.  But right now, working out outdoors doesn’t get much better.

I also love the lack of holiday stress.  Yes, you know it’s around the corner, and if you are ambitious you can feel good about any of those gifts you are knocking out now, with no pressure or stress.  Get it done while it’s still fun!

So, if you are busy all the time, as most of us are, I encourage you to just take a bit of time and do something you love this season.  If you are on a mobility device, such as crutches, or wheelchair, still find something you love about fall and do it, savor it.  Yes, you may need to make modifications, but don’t let the beauty of this season pass you by.  If you need help with ideas on how to modify your fall favorite to accommodate your mobility aid let me know.  I’ve got lots of experience and would be happy to help.

Have fun and be safe!

Temporary Crutch Use = Handicap Parking Eligibility


I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, which is what led me to create this company (“necessity is the mother of invention”). I am sustaining fairly well right now and getting around without huge problems.  But, my history with crutches/wheelchairs, and the population our company serves,  prompted me to outline some information on getting a Handicap Parking placard. 

Many of you could benefit from this.  If you are not able to drive, you can get this to display in the car of those driving you (My husband has one for when I am riding with him). This will immediately reduce the hardship of your situation. Plus, it is like a little piece of the stars to help you live a more “normal” life.

Often people eligible for this benefit don’t realize it, or are afraid they don’t appear eligible to others. They don’t want to been seen as an abuser.  If you are eligible, please, make use of this accommodation made available for you. At first, I was embarrassed to use my placard, but I quickly realized it was a lifesaver! Now I can go to concerts, sporting events and even movies without extreme pain from the long walk to the event.

 This benefit will also save you energy and we all know our energy is limited while we are in pain! The less work you have to put in walking to your destination will help you get through extra errands, appointments or activities without wearing yourself out shortly after arriving and trying to make it inside.  This means you can actually pay attention without trying to hide your pain. Also, if you are not tired, you can better focus on doing something fun later in the day. 

 The application is easy. Just give it to your doctor to sign and take it to your local DMV. They will issue the placard immediately. Then you can be on your way to saving energy and reducing unbearable pain.

Can You Be A Distance Runner Tomorrow?

Bob Davidson, 70 years young

Bob Davidson, 70 years young

Have you heard the latest news concerning running and arthritis? 

If not, here is the latest science according to a study by Ross Miller, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland.

“Running causes arthritis and ruins knees is a myth. Distance running is unlikely to contribute to the development of arthritis “ according to Miller.

According to the study, people who do not have arthritis or joint issues can safely run without the worry of an arthritic future. Great news for distance runners! The key factor is your health BEFORE you start running! 

Arthritis Free = Distance Running can happen for you

Congrats to everyone who can begin the journey of becoming a distance runner. Arthritis patients you still need to be careful and protect your joints. Sorry!  Walking, bicycling, and other low-impact exercises are still your best friend. The silver lining to this new study is you can ride your bicycle beside your “healthy” friends while they take up distance running.

Good Luck and remember, the glass is always half FULL!


For the full article, follow this link.


We LOVE Halloween!!

     We are officially into October and I finally feel like it’s appropriate to start talking HALLOWEEN.  I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, and a five year old.  As an artist by trade, this combination makes for some interesting pumpkin decorating with my uncooperative hands. Yesterday, I saw the latest edition of Family Fun Magazine.  Not only do they have very creative ideas, but they are doable for me with my bad hands and safe for my five year old.  Here are my favorite ideas:


Bats anyone?

Celeste and Pearl
Glitter Pumpkin – I actually just made one of these as a gift and put a circle monogram on it – so cute and well received!

Crystal-Covered Pumpkins  Brush on a thin coat of glue, then roll your pumpkin in sugar crystals for a look that's sure to sparkle. (i've heard that you can use epsom or sea salt also)...

Crystal Covered Pumpkin – just use sugar crystals and glue – simple and sparkly. Thanks Family Fun Magazine

Get your Halloween party started with a mirror-ball pumpkin. Lay strips of metallic silver duct tape onto parchment paper, then cut the tape into squares. Peel off the backing and stick the squares in place. For greater realism, use smaller squares near the top and bottom of the pumpkin, as shown. Everyone loves a great disco ball pumpkin!

Think Beyond Orange!

Paint your heart out.

I’m sure, with my husband’s help, we will also create some traditional carved pumpkins.  If you have any of my luck, they sometimes get moldy, rotten, and smelly before the big day. I found this recipe on Pintrest that helps to prevent pumpkins from turning nasty. I am looking forward to trying this recipe to help “preserve” our carved creations.

IMG 6415 opt copy How to Preserve Your Carved Pumpkin with Household Items!



Carved Pumpkin
Bleach and Water
Bucket (If you don’t have a bucket big enough for your pumpkin, don’t worry! Grab a garbage bag, your pumpkin and head to the tub! Make sure to tie your bag closed.)

IMG 6416 opt How to Preserve Your Carved Pumpkin with Household Items!

1. Place carved pumpkin gently inside the bucket.
2. Pour 2/3 cup bleach into the bucket & fill with enough water to submerge the pumpkin. Don’t forget to put the  pumpkin lid in the water too.

3. Keep the pumpkin & lid in the bleach water for 24 hours. (During this time the pumpkin will disinfect itself and the water it soaks up will aid in the prevention of mold. This won’t work forever.)

4. After 24 hours, pull your pumpkin out of the water and pour out any excess liquid. (make sure you dispose of it correctly)

IMG 6431 opt How to Preserve Your Carved Pumpkin with Household Items!5. Set the pumpkin out to dry.

6. Once it’s dry, let it grace the scariest of haunted houses!

Good Luck, have Fun and be CREATIVE!

Friends with Crutches

ImageThanks Daily Mail. Serena Williams on crutches

Having spent  a TON OF TIME ON CRUTCHES, my friends were very helpful, but many sincerely didn’t know what they could do to help.  If you have a friend that is on crutches, for how ever long, there are some great things you can do to bring a smile to their face.

1. Offer to do some driving for them.  This could be running to the grocery store, picking up their kids from school, for just taking them for a drive to get out of the house for a bit with a friend.  We love Sonic happy hour – big limeades at half price!

2. Make her a favorite meal – go get the ingredients, prepare it and clean up.  Yum!  Cooking on crutches is tough, trying to carry, manage foods while standing and holding on to crutches is IMPOSSIBLE!!

3. Get a list of books they’ve been wanting to read and make a library run for them. Seriously, bed rest gets old QUICK!

4. Walk their dog. Beware: you will need to clean up the poop too 🙂

5. Clean their house/do laundry.  I know it doesn’t sound fun, but imagine trying to do it while on crutches. Resting is boring and you definitely notice what’s awry in your house. Then comes the guilt! EASY OPTION: get some friends together and pitch in for a couple of visits from a cleaning service.

6. Create several low-key social outings. Again, sitting at home is boring! IDEAS: Big dinner with friends at your house, movie rentals, coffee dates, manicures (pamper those hard working crutch-managing hands), maybe a pedicure.


Crutches are major energy users. Let her know it’s okay to take time – better safe than risk another injury!

If you are going out on a physical outing with a group, ask your friend because she is BORED! Be sure to let her know it is fine to skip or go. No pressure! 

Your friend on crutches is dealing with an overload of emotions and pain. I can still remember everyone who visited me in the hospital, brought dinners, took me different places in the city and those who just hung out with me. They cared and that has meant the world to me. I will always stop my day/night to help them and your friend will too.

Be safe!

Loft Living… Now with Crutches!

This guy is so smart and creative! A great idea for anyone in this situation. I wish I would have thought of this while on crutches!

Minabud: A Blog On Crutches!

So I live in a loft… on the third floor. Needless to say, that presents an interesting set of challenges.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I will be working from home for the next 6 weeks. My office/work area is actually on the top floor of my loft… It’s a nice view, see for yourself:ImageThat being said, I had to figure out a way to haul stuff up there. Carrying stuff is out of the question while hopping with the crutches. And so, the Ghetto Dumbwaiter was born:


It works great to get water, food and most importantly… ICE for my foot. And it brings back some childhood memories (won’t make sense to anyone born and raised in the USA)

Challenge, meet Solution! 

Thanks to my Cousin for making this happen before he left back to NC this morning!!


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Ahh – here in the Midwest we are starting to feel the glory of fall approaching, waking to 60 degree mornings.  It makes us feel like we will soon be able to wear all the new glorious looks splashed across our fall magazines and catalogs. While flipping through the pages one thing was once again clear.  High heels aren’t going anywhere and will continue to have full attention this fall.  Everything from cap-toed pumps, spike-heeled booties, and stacked heels are gracing the pages and stores this fall.  While we still have options of stylish, flirty flats, and the New Block Heel, high heels are still front and center.

ImagePhotography by Peter Stitger

Many of my sisters on crutches have their fashionista tendencies to blame.  So, instead of telling you how bad high heels are for our feet, knowing full and well we plan to suffer anyway, I thought maybe serving up some tips on how to best wear high heels would be more helpful to all of us.

Here are some great suggestions to consider when wearing/buying high heels.  The following is straight from WebMd, with Morris Morin, DPM, director of podiatric medicine at the Hackensack University Medical Center, and podiatrist Stuart Mogul, DPM.

  1. Get the best-fitting high heel possible.  While this may seem like a given, stop and think: How many pairs of high heels cause your feet to slide to the front, leaving a gap big enough for a small cell phone behind your heel?  Mogul says high heels that don’t fit properly cause the front of the foot to fly forward, creating more pressure — and pain — on toes. Look for narrow heels with a snug but not tight fit to correct the problem.
  2. Cushion, cushion, cushion. While a full-shoe insert can help, if you have pain in the ball of the foot — or you’ll be standing in your heels a long time — invest in silicone metatarsal pads. They look like flattened gummy bears, but they do a super job of shock absorption, says Morin. “It’s like replacing the fat padding you lost.”
  3. Wear a thicker heel for stability. “A thicker heel will give you better balance and may help relieve some pressure by distributing the weight on your foot more evenly, says Morin.  Alternating heel heights can also help reduce problems with the Achilles tendon.
  4. Pay attention to the “slope” or “pitch” of the heel.  While some 4-inch heels will give you a straight drop down to the flatbed portion of the shoe, others will be a more gradual slope. This may be easier on the arch, says Morin, and might help relieve some pain in the ball of the foot.
  5. Wear open-toe high heels to relieve pressure on corns and calluses. See a podiatrist to have corns and calluses professionally removed and correct the problem that’s causing them. But if that’s not possible, opt for open-toe shoes to take pressure off inflamed areas.

These are tips we can live with – we just need to find the RIGHT 4-inch heels!

photography by Peter Stitger