Take some of the “ow!” out of turning a key

Last week I received a bubbly email from Jenny. She asked me to review a product she represents because, she explained, she thought it might be helpful for people with arthritis in their hands and fingers.

Hmm, thought I. And what new, wondrous, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that product might this be? I read on.

Key caps. Yep, little colored caps for your house keys, mail keys, office keys, you-name-it keys. With stick-on labels.

Now, these are handy in their own right. But how in the world might they help people with rheumatoid disease, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and any of the other 100-or-so types of arthritis? Jenny piqued my interest. I had to know, so I replied to her email, agreeing to try her key caps and review them for my RheumaBlog readers.

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Nice, neat, easy-to-open packaging. I just taped the top closed again so I won’t lose my key caps.

My set of Label-Label Key Caps—that’s the brand—arrived on Saturday. I immediately set to liberating a few, along with their labels, from the package*. There were eight (8) key caps in a variety of both bright primary and pastel colors, and two sets of 16 labels (eight printed with HOME, GARAGE, OFFICE, and GATE, and eight blank, for each key cap.)

*Anyone who has arthritis in their hands knows the blood-pressure-raising fury that takes hold when faced with that Horrible Plastic Eggshell (HPE) packaging. It can’t be pried open without amazing, muscle-y gyrations (maybe a very large octopus could do it) and cutting the stuff requires ultra-strong, sharp scissors—or better, a terrorist-style box-cutter with a brand-new razor blade. Not only are HPE packages dreadfully painful for anyone with arthritis to open, the cut edges of the plastic casing are dangerously sharp and poke-y. There. Will. Be. Blood.

But I’m off on a tangent-rant. They don’t package Label-Label Key Caps in that bloody HPE!

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It was super-easy to access the key caps and the labels.

Instead, the clear plastic package is thin and molds around the shape of the key caps, yes. But it’s attached to the thin cardboard backing (not more cursed HPE!) by three simple, narrow folds and a single staple, not that aggravating Eternal Adhesive from Hell (EAH). The top of the packet is open. It was too tight for me to slide a finger down into, but I was easily able to unfold one side of the plastic to access both the key caps and the labels.

None-to-minimal pain, people. This is important.

I hand-lettered one of the sticky labels “Mom” and stuck it onto my house key (which I washed off first with a little soap and water, as per instructions, which were simple and clear). The label stuck tight and stayed when I stretched the key cap over it. The letters fit into the little window perfectly.

The rubbery key caps themselves are thick, soft, and grippy. And they’re amazingly stretchy. Mom’s condo key is easily the largest of the keys on my key ring, other than my car key, but the bright yellow Label-Label Key Cap stretched neatly over it.

There was one drawback: putting the rubbery cap on the key was tough for me. My hands and fingers have been particularly tender and swollen because of an ongoing flare and a rapidly rising barometer. Working the cap over the key and snugging it down elicited a fair amount of wincing and groaning. It hurt.

However, I did it. It took only about 30 seconds and was absolutely worth the discomfort.

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Success!

Because now, Mom’s bright red house key is easy to see and pick out from among all the others on my ring. Not only that: because of the thick, rubbery cap, it’s easier for me to grip and turn when unlocking and re-locking the door (I tried it). So in spite of that one wee drawback, Label-Label Key Caps are a Label-Label win-win, just as Jenny promised they would be.

I wanted to use another key cap for my aunt’s house key, but because of the “ouch” factor, I asked my 82-year-old mother to put it on for me. She did it cheerfully–and easily–in no time. Nothing wrong with her fingers!

So, see, if your hands are too sore for you to put your Label-Label Key Caps on your keys yourself, then anyone standing around handy nearby can manage it for you, if they’re nice like my mother. It will make them smile—it’s sort of fun to put the cap on the key. Plus, they get to help someone they like and admire, and this little good deed adds a few more degrees of positive energy to their life-karma. Another Label-Label win-win!

And since we’re speaking of wins, Jenny from Label-Label Key Caps informed me that the company would be delighted to invite RheumaBlog’s fans to win some free key caps of their own. She wrote, “…in order to win a package of key caps, they must go to our Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1rnMrdd, like our page, share one of our posts, and comment below the color of key caps they like best!”

Sounds pretty easy to me. ;)

Label-Label Key Caps really are a fine little product. I had fun trying them and writing about them. And they’ll make unlocking the door just a little less “owwww-y!

7 responses to “Take some of the “ow!” out of turning a key

  1. Sounds like a great product to try – my hands have been swollen and sore the last couple of days and keys are not always easy to grip. Thanks for this review and hope you are staying well despite the rising barometer.

  2. They look very cool, and so handy to see the key you want easily. I have a real problem with keys. I’m so glad our car has a push button

  3. Hi Wren! This is my first comment even though I’ve been a follower for years. I discovered your blog researching CMO (Cetylmyristeolate, an anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulating substance) and even if I found (after a few months) that this therapy was doing me a world of good, I kept quiet, since you had dismissed it in rather a decisive way. I have been on the brink of writing many times after reading some of your heart-breaking posts but this time I couldn’t contain myself, so, this is what I have been thinking: why don’t you test and review CMO? I mean, REALLY test it. Two years ago I was in great pain and rapidly becoming an invalid and since I couldn’t take the usual drugs (because of all the side-effects) I was desperate, almost suicidal. Now I can very well say I am a new person: not only has ALL the pain and almost all of the swelling subsided but I feel rejuvenated, full of energy like I hadn’t been for years. And with no side-effects at all. On the contrary, it has been beneficial for other conditions I suffer from like GERD, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and more. AND my blood tests are those of my youth (I’m 57). I DON’T SELL THE PRODUCT, I’m a genuine RA sufferer and have no personal interest in this at all. The only downside to it I can see is its cost: it’s expensive if compared to the “normal” drugs but only because our NHS pays for them (and a pretty penny it pays…) while CMO is purchased privately and can’t be deducted from taxes since it’s officially a supplement. But I have to face customs and delivery costs from the USA (I’m Italian and live in Italy. Btw, we share the same name – I was born in Australia-) and I have no doubt it’s cheaper for you in the States. You might even be able to put up a buying-group and abate costs. Anyway, it’s worth every penny!

  4. I forgot to mention I neither take painkillers nor anti-inflammatory drugs, I don’t need them, and normally I can do without the proton pump inhibitors I had been dependent on for 16 years (that’s how I found out that also my GERD, and consequent recurrent gastritis, was on an anti-immune basis).

  5. Hi Wren,
    We are so happy that you found our “Label Label Key Caps” helpful to you. Your feedback is extremely helpful to us, so we can improve our product . So thank you. :-)

    My grandmother suffered terribly from rheumatoid arthritis so I’m extremely happy that my little invention can bring relief to you and others.

    If you need to PRINT the labels instead of writing, you can buy a ‘sheet of printer labels’ from our website
    http://www.LabelLabelKeyCaps.com – SHOP PRODUCTS.
    Use the discount code LABEL10 to get 10% off .

    OR simply shop on Amazon here. http://amzn.to/1nfvnoK

    Cheerio for now,
    Suzanne P
    LabelLabelKeyCaps.com
    1-888-681-2881

  6. Great idea, Wren. I put a dab of pink nail polish on my front door key which looks just like my back door key. That helps me to distinguish it, but colored caps would certainly do the trick. I have no trouble turning the key in the lock, but I would probably need help slipping the cover onto the key. But then what’s a husband for!

  7. I never thought of those things being a helper — I’ve just always had them! :) How cool!

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