These are some products that helped me through this time.
-A Wedge Pillow keeps your head elevated, which reduces the pain from gravity (at least, that's what the nurse told me).
-A Tiny Pillow can fit on the back of your head so that the hardware that sticks out the back of your head doesn't press into the bigger pillow, thus hurting your head even more!
-You could also try a Neck Pillow (the kind you use on airplanes), which goes around your neck and holds your head up, without hurting your RED. This has worked for other people.
-Baby spoon (see food and diet page for how to use)
-Syringes of all shapes and sizes (ask your nurse for some to take home).
-A Mini-alarm clock was kept in my dad's pocket at all times. It would let us know when to turn the screws so we never missed a turn!
-Socks loosely stuffed with lentils (or any other beans or rice) make very good microwave heating pads. They are small and moldable so you can slide it under that RED.
-Sports Water Bottles These water bottles are the kind that football players use because you can squirt them upright. They have a bendable straw that can go right into your mouth, but you don't have to suck the water out. Since it is impossible with a RED on to close your mouth completely, you can just squeeze the bottle and the water squirts into your mouth. Available at Big 5 Sports.
-Blender This is a necessity for pureed foods. Miniature blenders work the best because you can puree small amounts of food without having to wash a huge blender.
-Water Pick helped in keeping my teeth and gums clean as well as getting rid of some germs that could've caused infections.
BOTTOM LINE: It will take some experimentation to figure out what works the best. To save money, ask the hospital first, sometimes they'll give you some things. You don't need to shop in medical supplies stores. You can probably get better bargains at Kmart and Walmart since most of these are every-day products.
DID YOU HAVE OTHER PRODUCTS THAT WORKED? Tell me
so I can add it on!