June 26, 2014
The World's Tiniest Hand Splints
Problem #1. When I drive for 30 or more minutes my paralyzed hand gets tight from the constant vibration. Solution #1: To keep my hand open I use foam tubing designed to slip over the handle of eating utensils. It has a 5/8 inch opening that runs down the center of the tube. The fit is not tight enough to keep my fingers absolutely straight, but the foam traps body heat which relaxes my muscles. My hand starts out stiff as the photo shows and ends flat on my thigh by the time I arrive at my destination. The foam also provides traction so my hand does not slip off my thigh.
Problem #2. Pushing a heavy shopping cart makes my thumb bend severely. Solution #2. I slip a piece of foam over my thumb. The foam keeps my thumbnail from digging into the side of my index finger.
A severely bent thumb means I am strengthening a bully who is already too strong! I eat a peanut butter sandwich every day because Smart Balance peanut butter has omega-3 oil which lowers my high triglycerides (a bad fat in the blood).