Date: 27 July 2020. Keeping Hands
springtime of 2019 I thought I was Tinkerbell and attempted to fly.
I told you about that fiasco in the
Broken Arm Lessons
article. As a part of my rehabilitation the physical therapist
recommended a series of Range of Motion exercises. For my hands I
have done similar for many years in order to keep my fingers moving
properly. Today I'll give you my $1 solution to stiff hands.
some of the gizmos I have utilized to keep my fingers moving.
therapists have fancy foam balls to squeeze. For someone with weak
hands those simply will not work. The balls are often too firm and
uncomfortably large for my smaller hands.
Decades ago I discovered that
computer work along with holding a mouse caused my hands to stiffen.
Movement would become both difficult and painful. My fingers would
Fortunately the Dollar Tree store now has a solution:
The pretzel is easy to hold. When gripping it tightly there
is a small
amount of stiffness to the toy. For me this is a Good Enough
I knew that by gently moving
the squishy toy my
hands would become more flexible. There is an old saying which sums
up the program I initiated all those years ago:
Move It or
Eons ago I had the
cutest little Scooby ball. It provided exactly what I needed. The
toy easily fit in my palm. Throughout the day I would give it a few
Scooby exercise ball was discovered by a dog-friend of Skipper's.
Sid shredded it leaving damp bits of my exercise ball all over. Argh!
This is the culprit:
To Sid, the Scooby was great fun to destroy.
will be dogs. Because Skipper does not play with
toys of any sort, I did not even consider hiding the Scooby.
to have had a wonderful time killing the exercise ball. To him
Scooby was a nifty new chew toy. Fortunately for me it was easily to
replace. Best of all the new one was inexpensive. Plus Sid had a
good time, so there is that too.
Squishy toys found on the toy aisle
at Dollar Tree are regularly utilized to keep hand stiffness at bay.
Every time I go to the Dollar
Tree I look with an idea of what secondary use a particular item
could have. Recently I spotted a squishy cake to add to my hand
exercise stash. These toys are soft and do deteriorate over time. Thus
having extras is, if you will pardon the pun, handy.
the recently purchased cake by my bunk. Others are scattered
where they might be used momentarily then tucked back aside for
The Dollar Tree is a favorite
store for inexpensive gear that can be utilized to make my life
easier. Though this is not precisely boat gear, keeping dexterity is especially
important. When it comes to normal day-to-day life aboard
Seaweed being flexible helps more than one might imagine.
all too often. Next up is a tale of
woe, along with what I'm doing to rectify same.
for reading. I appreciate that.
Is there any particular routine you use to keep
And, have you found anything cool at the Dollar Tree of late?
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