Hi my husband was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer a few months ago. (Original cancer was in the esophagus). He finds it extremely difficult to sit down at the computer which is in the dining room so he uses a regular dining table chair. I am looking for solutions - either a effective pillow or an ergonomic chair. Any ideas from previous experiences would be appreciated. I rang the palliative team and they might send us a OT to assess but still waiting to hear.
Please push for the OT to come out, they are a great team and will have him sorted in no time, I have breast cancer that has spread to the majority of my spine, sacrum etc so I know what he means it eventually becomes quite sore and painful, they have loads of solutions, pillows, wedges for the chair and perhaps bed also. I was also told they could have me a recliner armchair that puts me from sitting to standing etc, I had that within a week and I’ve never been happier. Wishing you both a quick turnaround with them. much love Jo xx
Dear Jo: Thanks so much for writing here with this message of support and useful information. I have been encouraged and will push for the OT assessment asap. I wish you all the very best.
as well as having cancer I am also an OT and would agree that an OT assessment would be very beneficial and will also (or should!) cover more than just seating!
For now try and use as many cushions and pillows as needed and try as many different positions as possible until one suits.
Also to say think about where is his pain and how high/deep the seat he wants to sit in is.
If the seat is longer than the measurement from his hip to knee that can make pain worse. The optimal height is from back of the knee to the floor. If it’s too low his knees will be pushed up and too high he won’t have support in his feet from the floor unless he sits forward. Use a foot rest so his back and feet are supported.
Hi - thanks so much for this message with your professional opinion. I will certainly take your advise. Really appreciate your inputs here. I wish you all the best too.
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