Post-Surgical "Pants Picker-Upper"




Introduction: Post-Surgical "Pants Picker-Upper"

From here on out, I will continue to live without something very close to me... I guess you could say it was a part me. My (very useless) appendix celebrated its final Thanksgiving this year. Now, I have been out of the hospital for a few days and I have found some ordinary tasks to be slightly painful and difficult. One of these "tasks" is putting on pants and pulling them up after disposing of certain bodily wastes... I hope I don't have to spell it out for you. I have devised a D.I.Y. way for D.I.Y.ers to keep after one of our most useless body parts, the appendix, throws us a monkey wrench in our daily activities.

People have lived on Earth for a long, long time. One of the things that have helped us thrive as a species is common sense. It seems as if people have been born with a lack of it lately. This instructable is not a substitute for getting help from other people. If you need help, call for someone. Don't be embarrassed because I'm sure whoever is helping you is glad to help and would much rather have you ask then to strain yourself and end back up in the hospital. 

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need...
 2 binder clips- These must be able to clip around the waistband of the pants
 Approx. 2 ft of Cord- You will need enough to make a decent sized loops around each of the clips
 A pair of Scissors- You will use this to cut the cord
 A Dowel Rod- The longer the better, This is how much farther you can reach
 An Eye Hook

Step 2: Prepare the "Pants Clips"

Cut a length of cord that will make a nice loop around the binder clips, tie the ends as shown in the picture. Trim and tend to the ends to prevent fraying (fuse on synthetics, whip on natural fibers).

Step 3: Prepare the "Grabber"

Screw the eye hook into the end of the dowel rod.

Step 4: How to Use You "Pants Picker-Upper"

Before removing your pants, clip on the binder clips on the sides. Be certain that you have the "grabber" portion nearby or else the entire contraption is worthless. Pull them down, Do whatever you need to do, and pull them back up within arm's reach with the dowel rod. This may not be the most attractive instructable but this reminds me of the true meaning of "Function over Fashion"

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    Thanks for this. Simple, but effective - the best kind. I work with seniors and this will come in handy for some of them. Much appreciated. Sorry for the loss of your appendix, RIP little guy.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Why don't you just wear a dress lol ;-)
    But serious, I know what you mean. I've had surgery 2 months ago.
    I grabbed my pants before standing up from the loo and was halfway there from that point. So no problemo.