Thanks, danib. I know what you mean about admitting to yourself that you need a gadget - I've only just started getting things that would actually make my life easier like a shower seat and so on. I hate the idea that I'm buying what are essentially aids for the disabled and stuff I didn't even think I'd need in my eighties - it's forcing me to face the reality that I am indeed disabled and less functional than many people in their late old age - but I've realised that I don't mind so much if I think of it as something that's just for now. I see all these adaptations as things that will help me save my energy for recovery, so that one day I'll be well enough to get rid of them all again - and in the meantime mean that I can take a shower/read whatever book I want, when I want/etc. etc. As well as being cheap, I think that my home-made cardboard/perspex gadget won't feel like one of those things that you see in an old folks' home - it will feel like a toy or something! Either way, it's just for now!