My first Physical Therapy appointment wasn’t as awful as everyone had predicted. No, it’s the second appointment that will be the hurdle. All the measurements and questions have been answered and I have a whole bunch of homework to do. Ya see, I can’t make a fist yet. Yet is the important wording here. I can make the letter “C” really well, but as for a punching fist, no way. The goal for me is to be able to get enough movement so that I can get back to needlework, gardening, and cooking. Oh, and let’s not forget sleeping.
Not realizing that what I was doing was the right thing to do, I have been trying to use my hand as normally as possible. The therapist was thrilled with this! She said that I was aiding my rehab more with this mind set. You have to retrain the brain to start using the hand again, my left hand has become dominant over the last 3 months. So, we are off to a great start.
Rehab 101 has been supremely helpful too. As usual, I just had to see what the finished square would look like. I had enough yo-yo’s to complete the first 4 squares.
This exercise has truly been strengthening my hand as well as helping me emotionally. Amazing how much we sometimes need the ordinary tasks to help us heal. Simple really, when you boil it all down, I needed to feel like I was contributing in some way. Finally, I felt a part of the fabric of our lives, not just watching from the sidelines……….. Cyn