Posted on November 19, 2013

I contacted Sabi after writing one of my recent blog posts. I wanted to let them know I had created a blog detailing my experience with CIDP. I wanted them to know I was writing this blog through the lens of my purple cane. The very cane Sabi makes and sells. I find their products to be forward thinking and beautiful. You see, they are attempting (and I believe succeeding) in applying design (both form and function) to the drab world of medical equipment.

I was thrilled to receive an enthusiastic response from them. I was even more excited when they included one of my posts on their blog. You can check it out here.
I got my first cane as a parting gift upon leaving the hospital. In all of it’s grey rubber and metal glory, it was an eyesore. But it was temporary. But then one day it stopped being temporary. So I decorated my metal cane by wrapping yarn around it. I also placed a few stickers on it and topped it off with some puffy paint. It was hideous. Soon after I peeled away the last bits of puffy paint, I discovered a beautiful purple cane. I had to have it. I couldn’t afford it, but some loving friends and family chipped in, and with this gift I started finding myself again. 
You think design doesn’t matter? It does. It lifts you up. Take for example Sabi’s pill containers. Yes… pill containers. A hundred years ago, prescriptions did not come in those orange plastic bottles with the impossible white lids (ahem CVS). They came in beautiful glass apothecary jars that held all sorts of concoctions. These jars were often reused, contaminated, and then discarded. And now apothecary jars are the stuff Etsy and ApartmentTherapy dreams are made of. Just search Etsy and you will discover a whole array of vintage apothecary jars, reproductions, apothecary jar light fixtures, apothecary jar crafts… there are even apothecary terrariums. 
I also searched ApartmentTherapy and was amazed at all of the decorative uses for apothecary jars. There was a how-to on making your own dollar store apothecary jar for $2 (superglue not included). There was another article about the seasonality of apothecary jars. Some tips included adding a birds nest and eggs, kumquats, crocus bulbs or fake lemons. You will want to make sure to take the tinsel out of your winter apothecary jar before the spring birds nest. Do. NOT. Mix. Seasons.
 Ok, I’m getting off track. What I was trying to say is that those plastic pharmacy bottles are an eyesore and tough to open. Arthritics must feel like the butt of a joke. It’s like when scissors come in those rigid clamshell plastic packages (craft tip… use a can opener). 
Ugh, got off track again. I am trying to say that medication bottles used to be beautiful and simple (there was no push and twist). And thanks to companies like Sabi, they’re becoming beautiful and easy to use again. It’s this beauty that allows us to take some semblance of control in an otherwise crumbling world. With this in mind, I’ve settled on my next goal: locating a sleeker pair of AFOs (SuperNeuro thinks I should get a purple pair)… 
So thanks Sabi. I’m thrilled that you saw in my blog what I see in your company. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Just please no CVS bottle terrariums. 

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