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Getting On and Off the Bed
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17 October 2023 - 9:21 pm
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Roman is 6 weeks post-op and we have finally moved home (recovered in a friend's basement for the first month) and getting used to our new normal.  He seems to get around the house and car no problem, but it seems like the bed can be a bit of a struggle; it's the highest he has to jump.  I'm worried he's going to hurt his remaining front leg jumping off the bed one day.  He refuses stairs and ramps and honestly I think he only really needs a single stair/platform to give him that extra "boost" to get on and off the bed; he's pretty tall.  Is anyone aware of a "single platform" product that they would recommend?  It needs to be wide enough and stable enough that he doesn't fall off of it.  I don't even know how to begin searching for something like that so I thought I'd check if anyone has something that worked for them.  Thanks!

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18 October 2023 - 10:03 am
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Hi Sylvia,

I get it, we all want to return to normal and the bed is a huge issue for most folks. You are right to be concerned about him jumping down and getting injured. It's very common. To minimize the risk, how about putting a thick orthopedic bed on the ground where he tends to jump down? Move your bed against the wall so he can only jump down from one side.

Also, when it comes to bed platforms, I haven't seen anything like that being sold so most people make one. Or you can repurpose one of those sofa ottomans, which you can usually find in a secondhand store.

Let us know what you come up with!

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18 October 2023 - 10:11 am
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Hi Jerry.  These are all great ideas, thanks!  I knew I was blanking on an easy solution, and an ottoman or an orthopedic bed is a great idea!  I'll start looking into those and keep you updated.  

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