New limitations

This may seem a strange reflection but I realised that I used to pride myself on getting the tops off jars when they were stuck. It feels almost childish to admit but I found there was something quite satisfying about getting a stubborn top unscrewed. It’s often jam in our house but it can be anything – pickles the other day.

Yesterday, on my walk, I attempted to unscrew the top of my coffee flask (which was firmly stuck) and my thumb’s been really sore. It’s not surprising since there’s no ligament but I couldn’t stop myself, despite knowing that I shouldn’t and consequently I’ve had to wear my hand brace all day. It’s quite sad-making that I can’t manage something so mundane and I’m trying not to feel a sense of debilitation. I didn’t even manage to get the top off in the end.

I had an appointment with my physiotherapist today who is one of the most cheerful and chatty people I know. I feel very fortunate to have had my treatment with her as she had a car accident years ago and has overcome significant damage to her arm and hand. You would never notice anything is wrong – she just can’t bend one of her fingers. Her support, understanding and relentless positivity has been invaluable.

Published by AnnaH

My name's Anna and I decided to write a blog following an accident last year. I will never regain the full use of my right hand and an operation led to additional, ongoing complications. This is about my struggles following the accident and the challenges of trying to save the use I still have in my hand. It’s a story about my product and why it appeared in my head one day because of my traumatic experiences. How I took that positive vision and worked towards bringing it to life. The challenges of putting it together and getting it to the market whilst still undergoing debilitating, ongoing treatment. It's a journey you can share with me. I'm not there yet...

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