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Fine Motor Skill Exercises

While typing and writing more often seemed to help my right hand, my left is now as bad as my right was. Worse possibly, since I have officially started dropping things. 😦 So I asked Kelly, my sister-in-law/OT, if she could give me some exercises. She gave me a putty, called theraputty (I have the red one), and a resistance band.

My exercises:

  1. On a flat service roll the putty into a long cylinder going from the edge of your palm to the tip of your fingers. Then, once you have a nice fat cylinder, pinch it together with your thumb and then each figure individually. Repeat a couple of times using both hands.
  2. Also once rolled, form the putty into a tight ring. Just big enough to squeeze the tips of 5 fingers through. Then using those fingers spread the putty into a larger ring. So far when I do this one my ring finger does absolutely no work. 😦
  3. Take the ball of putty and using only your fingers pull apart, smush back together, and pull apart.
  4. Wrap the resistance band around one hand, resting that arm on a table so that only your hand and wrist hang over the side. Then with your other hand hold the band down so that there is no slack. Then using only your wrist lift your hand. Repeat in the opposite direction and in the opposite hand. She said that it is more important to hold the resistance for a longer time than it is to do more reps.

These sound really easy to do, but my hands are exhausted afterwards. These are supposed to strengthen the muscles in your hand and wrist, which will not stop the problem, but hopefully make it easier to deal with.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Life with MS

 

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Another Party Down

I made it through my party with flying colors. Last year I left most of the work up to Rich. And my mom, dad and mother-in-law. They all kind of pitched in when they realized that I wasn’t up for the task. The best thing to do would probably have been to not have had the party last year. But it’s becoming a tradition so we trudged on. This year however, I was my usual cheerful hostess self. We had too much food, as usual, and I spend too much time in the kitchen, as usual, but it was a blast. I think that everyone kind of realized that I was doing better, because they all stayed much later than they usually do. My brother even slept over, which was really nice. That meant that I got to spend some more time with his new puppy. Rich is opposed to pets so I have to live vicariously through John and his puppy. Of course it is now going to cost me a fortune to restock my liquor cabinet, because they finished almost everything. And I have tons of leftovers. But at 1am I was still walking in a straight line and having coherent conversations. 🙂 Go Me!

Now today is the cookie making party at the in-laws’. Best part of the day is going to be my new hand exercises. My sister-in-law is an OT and did some research for me. So now I will have more than just typing to help my fingers to continue to move in the right direction.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Life with MS

 

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Better scheduling than last year.

Holiday craziness begins this weekend. I took notes from last year though. I am very sadly skipping the trip into the city. Or did actually since they went last night. My wonderful (sarcasm) little brother sent me a picture of the tiramisu (my favorite) and cappuccino that I always look forward to after our very loud, wine induced jubilant family dinner. I also had him send me a picture of the tree. I am very sad that I missed this holiday tradition. It’s the first time in my 32 years. But my budget and brain are very happy that I did.

Also, we got our tree a week early. So it is already up in my living room and with any luck I will actually finish decorating it today. I did make sure that the train made it around the base this year. I expected a little bit more help from Tyler on this. Seeing as how they are his legos. But when it comes down to it, I’m too much of a control freak to let him change the design anyway. 😦 He approved of mine though, so all is good.

We also skipped the Christmas party at Rich’s Aunts house. I felt bad about that since it is the only time we every see them. Maybe next year they could come down here instead of us driving all the way up to Connecticut. Not that I don’t love the drive, but the Saturday after Thanksgiving is a little rough.

I am hoping that next year the Tysabri is working it’s magic and I don’t have to cut out cherished traditions.

There are some things that must be done though. So this weekend the parties begin. My Godson, Aidan, turns 2 tomorrow. He’s so cute and smart. My brother is really lucky to have him. And he’s such a good dad. Of course he keeps trying to rope my kids into crazy things like scuba diving, skiing, and sailing. Crazy person. We’ll see if I let them out of their bubble when they are older. 🙂

The craziness with the party is that it conflicts with Tyler’s soccer game. I’m so glad that he has found a sport that he likes, but what a horrible month to have started games. So I will be running from one to the other and the party is an hour and a half away. I guess I should take solace in the fact that it’s not in Hoboken. I cannot parallel park to save my life.

Then Sunday is the usual church & breakfast, but it will be followed by the mall. YUCK! There will be pictures with Santa. Then off to Macy’s to drop the boys Christmas lists off in the big red mailbox. I love that they do that. Then hopefully my LAST shopping trip. Not likely, but a girl can dream.

So even though I am enjoying typing so much and it is miraculously actually helping my fine motor skills, I probably won’t write again until Monday.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Life with MS

 

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