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Initial post: 26 Mar 2012 23:36:47 BDT
urban raider says:
My sister finally came out of hospital last week, she's really weak and I've been told that she "must" stay in bed and shouldn't even get up for the bathroom - there is no way in hell I'm risking my life by suggesting a bedpan!

Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions for things that might keep her occupied. Her eye sight has deteriorated so reading is out and I've got her more audio books, but obviously jigsaws and the like are going to be difficult for her.

Can anyone suggest anything? I'm running out of ideas.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 14:01:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2012 14:49:40 BDT
The Truth says:
Wow. I says a lot about the Amazon 'community' when a post like this gets 3 unhelpful votes right off the bat.

What is wrong with people?

With regards to your post - it's extreme, but the situation sounds extreme so... have you considered splashing out on an ipad2?

With the ipad 3 just out they could should come down in price. Then she has access to everything. Internet, TV, monopoly, scrabble, angry birds, books (which she can enlarge the text on), music. The list of things she can do is endless and totally customisable too.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 15:09:24 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 16:07:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 16:08:30 BDT
Damaskcat says:
urban raider - had you considered a TV which can access the internet? My OH has just bought himself one - he spends a great deal of his time in bed and he is finding it absolutely marvellous. You can watch all the on demand TV such as BBC iplayer - Channel 5 do a smilar thing. He is starting to say that because of the variety of TV programmes and films available to him he may not bother with Sky in future. He loves documentaries and has found thousands he wants to watch. The advantage for anyone with failing eye sight is that you can have a huge TV screen.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 21:10:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 21:26:46 BDT
TabiCat says:
Your poor sister. And you. Hope things are picking up for her - out of hospital at least seems a good thing.

I spent much of my teens as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) patient and used to have long periods when I was bed ridden. It can be frustrating and boring - especially when physically you feel awful but your brain is just trapped. It's sometimes nice to have activities that are gentle to do where you can feel as though you achieved something (even if it's not much), alongside TV/web access/audio books for when everything is tired/weak. A modelling clay such as FIMO/Sculpey needn't require great eyesight - you can make chunky beads in bright colours for jewellery using really basic rolling techniques - and it can be nice to have something tactile to do (squashing clay or a dough can be quite therapeutic when you're feeling frustrated!). These clays are ready made and quite quick to use, so even if she tires easily, there's still the possibility of having created something. What about language learning CDs/DVDs if your sister is of a linguistic bent?

Gibsons make a range of jigsaws with XL (250-500) or XXL (100) pieces aimed at those with sight/motor skill difficulties which might be more manageable for her. And you can also get sets of large-sized playing cards.

Is her eyesight such that a magnifying lamp might be sufficient to allow her access to other kinds of craft activities and games? In which case things like velvet art/ some of the less complicated painting or drawing by numbers sets/ scrap booking might come in to play.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 22:26:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2012 14:48:02 BDT
The Truth says:
my best mate had ME too Tabi cat. He's still got it actually. It's tough because no one believes he's ill.

Ta-Dah! Photo book = IPad2 :-)

Urban raider:
Tabi cat mentioned a jigsaw but you dismissed the idea at first because of the bed I guess - but what about one of those bed tray/table things?

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 01:35:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2012 01:37:00 BDT
urban raider says:
Thanks for all the suggestions, Kate is now coming out of the bedroom, by moves about by wheelchair so she can sit in the family room with the rest of us. It's much better than her being alone in her bedroom most of the time.

I've looked into the large piece jigsaws and folding and rolling jigsaw boards. I'll let you know how they pan out.

I ordered her a crafting lap light thingy. It is a massive magnifying glass with lights at the sides, and comes on adjustable legs so she can have it at the height that suits her. Except that I ordered it nearly a month ago and it hasn't arrived. It's not the dreaded Yodal/HDNL but a company called MyHermes (or as we now call it MyHerpes).

Final update, the local police have made an arrest and have told us that the individual will be charged with making threats using the phone and with multiple counts of theft.

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 07:50:36 BDT
The Truth says:
Good to hear your sister is doing a little better UR. And it sounds like a good result with the cops that Yodel scumbag are concerned... He sounds like a real charmer.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 23:06:32 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Can I make a late suggestion here; I find there is a vast range of audio books available on cd now; all types and all genres; and to suit any situation - light books for entertainment (P G Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett); favouries (Doctor Who); educational and informative. Audio books on cd are a fantastic way to relax and enjoy some entertainment without straining eyes or limbs - if you have a portable cd player you're good to go!

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 02:46:06 BDT
urban raider says:
@ Keen Reader - all suggestions welcome.

We have all the Pratchett audio-book (Tony Robinson abridged versions) - definitely a Discworld family.

I signed up for Audible a few days ago to get the unabridged versions of the Pratchett books, but I think I'll be cancelling soon. You can only copy them onto disc by I-Tunes and the sis is strongly opposed to Apple (something about spyware, malware, DRM and copying all searches, emails, etc, through google chrome?!?!) so getting her an ipod or ipad would be red-rag-to-a-bull.

She's a MP3 girl and loves popping a music or audio-book CD into her old disc player and audible can't accommodate that (even though it said on the leaflet that came in our Amazon parcels that it did accommodate Media Player).

Cate's not a Dr Who fan, and she hates Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, etc, but loves the old Jules Verne, HG Wells stuff - note to self order the old Sci Fi stuff.

She loves detective stuff: Conan Doyle (order the Lost World stuff); Anne Perry (Pitt mysteries), Elizabeth George, etc.

She hates rom-com and chicklit.

I'm wondering about getting her a Kindle, but I'm not sure that the text can be increased enough. Can anyone help on that?

If anyone has any ideas for books or any info or advice on the kindle please let me know. All help is gratefully received.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 03:09:02 BDT
Keen Reader says:
If she likes Elizabeth George, you could try Phillip Margolin, Jo Nesbo, Harlan Coben, Henning Mankell.

I would also strongly suggest having a look at website. They sell nothing but audio books in various formats; and I believe they are compatible with all devices etc. Have a look at their site and see if that helps also with ideas.

Also, if your sister likes the old classics, how about some Charles Dickens? Jane Austen? Anthony Trollope?

Also classic sci-fi - the original Frank Herbert Dune series? Or Edgar Rice Burroughs - doesn't get much more classic then that; or Isaac Asimov - all the Robot stories, and Foundation series.

I don't know how many of all those may be available on electronic format as opposed to book format, but it's definitely worth a look.

Good luck!

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 11:07:03 BDT
TabiCat says:
Detective stuff:

Laurie R. King (the Holmes and Russell stuff will depend on how she feels about the idea of Conan Doyle spin offs, but I enjoyed 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice')
Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody series rather than Vicky Bliss)
Josephine Tey
Dorothy L. Sayers
Margery Allingham
M.C. Beaton
Georgette Heyer (best known for well-written historical romances, but also wrote a number of then-contemporary crime novels in the 30s-50s - can't find these in audiobook version other than cassette - but if you go with the Kindle, they're available that way)

Might be worth a go.

You mentioned the Pitt mysteries, has she tried the William Monk series also by Anne Perry?

I can't find a ruler to measure the size exactly, but having just expanded the font size on my Kindle to its maximum, the capital letters look to be about 1cm tall and 6 or 7mm wide. Lower case letters maybe 8mm tall. They're quite strong-looking on the page and you can modify the font style as well to try and find the best clarity.

Did the craft lamp ever turn up?

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 17:38:12 BDT
urban raider says:
@ Keen Reader - thanks for that website - I've just spent a fortune on Terry Brooks fantasy stories for her - she loved them when she was younger, lets hope that the flame of love is still there (sorry had a soppy night in with the other half).

@ TabiCat - She doesn't mind Conan Doyle spin offs so those are in the basket (thank goodness I get paid this week lol), Dorothy L Sayers (Peter Wimsey) and Margery Allingham both on her bookshelves - I'm going to order one of each of the others and see what she takes to.

Not sure about the William Monk so I've ordered one of those too, though it took me a while to find the first one in the series.

I can't find the Georgette Heyer crime novels but I'll keep trying.

Thanks for the information on the Kindle - It looks like a good option if you can enlarge the letters to that size.

I've been looking at the 3G version and its "Read-to-Me" and "Listen to Music and Podcasts" abilities

The "Read-to-Me" ability sounds perfect for Cate, she can increase the text size and read until she's tired and then use the Read-to-Me option.

The "Listen to Music and Podcasts" uses MP3. I groaned and muttered something rude about Audible, then I went and looked at the website. I can download onto Kindle (1st Generation, 2nds Gen, DX and 3). I've emailed their help centre about asked them if the 3G version is included here (I'm thinking the 3 is actually 3G, but best to check).

Now I have to decide if I'd be better getting her the 3G version or the 3G with Keyboard so she can get and answer her own emails. The Keyboard one is bigger and heavier, but the screen is the same size.

I think I might have to ask her does she want one, rather than it being a surprise. Nuts!

Anyone with any more ideas please don't be shy - all suggestions welcome.

Posted on 18 May 2012 15:19:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2012 15:23:26 BDT
urban raider says:
So in the early hours of 28th April I ordered the Kindle 3G for my sister and clicked on the next day delivery - plenty of time for delivery on the 30th (monday) or the 1st May (Tuesday). It was sent by ... you guessed it ... Yodal. After a number of phone calls it turned up on the 17th (yesterday) and had been opened. I asked the driver to wait while opened and checked it, but as soon as I turned round he did a runner.

Fortunately my little brother got a photograph of the van and the driver for a rare species presentation he's doing at school.

Anyway, the outer box had been opened and retaped, as had the kindle box itself. I took the kindle out and it was covered in muck and fingerprints, and it looked like it had been bent - there was a definite curve in the flat machine. The screen didn't work. I even charged it in case it was run down, but it still wouldn't work.

I have reported the incident and sent it back to Amazon, and have just been to Tescos and picked up the same model for the same price plus clubcard points, and bonus clubcard points with a "double points" voucher, as well as getting a 5p per litre off petrol coupon, also picked up 6 coupons towards cheap wenger luggage plus 4 more for the weekly shop. Now all I have to do is choose the case I want and hand over £35 for a £130 case.

It started off as a bad day and has ended up as a very good day

Posted on 18 May 2012 15:53:13 BDT
The Truth says:
A cynical man might have suggested keeping it as evidence to perhaps support the ongoing investigation with Yodel & your sister.

Do you think there's a link?

Posted on 22 May 2012 23:36:37 BDT
urban raider says:
I was more interested in getting my money back for the wrecked one and getting Cate a new one - but you're right I should have let the police take a look. I have photos of the curvy kindle - I emailed them to AmCS when I was on the phone to them. I'll call our "liaison" officer tomorrow morning and ask her if they would like to take a look at them. They might be able to recover it from Am's returns warehouse.

There probably is a link, as the police aren't just looking at the phone call anymore they are looking at thefts from the warehouse, so it could have been revenge for the arrests and questionings.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2012 12:53:05 BDT
The Truth says:
That's the first thought that popped into my head.
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