|Resting hand splint|
My fingers would curl and my wrist would arch while in the devices. My body was fighting the rigid plastic and the steel. My thumb would even work its way past the padded restraints because, you didn't want to place the straps so tight that it would cut off blood circulation.
I'm supposed to where the resting hand splint while sleeping and inactive. The wrist splint takes the place of the resting hand splint for several hours a day. But, you can't wear it and move around. It weighs about five pounds. Imagine being on Lasix, a diuretic, for your heart and having this thing on, and not having the sensation of having to urinate unless you shift positions? Yeah, it's an off/on things rather quickly!
It looks like instruments of torture to nonstroke survivors, but for stroke survivors with high tone and spasticity they are a must do. See the silver on the sides of the wrist splint above? That's steel rods.
|Standard pill bottle & large|
I had Botox injections last week in my bicep, pectoral muscle, and for my wrist and hand in the forearm. A short painful necessity when tone and spasticity does not respond to any other treatment. All together 20 injection sites in one arm and under it in the chest wall. Two whole bottles at $365 each went into this area. Thank God for insurance!
I awoke this morning and did my morning ritual, but something was different. My wrist was extending and the fingers except for the thumb was relaxed. No, not full extension, but I managed twenty degrees past neutral. It's a start. Even though the shots worked on my bicep and pectoral muscle last time, there was a niggling doubt whether it would work on my wrist and hand. It's all about hitting the right spot.
I'm waiting on Monday and the doctor's office to open for an OT therapy order. Meanwhile, I'll wiggle my dance in my chair and stretch my shoulder and elbow. Happy, excited, and once again filled with hope at the possibilities.