wrist brace for the win

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Kristina1

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The OT provided me with wrist braces that extend up my forearm yesterday and said that they would help my compensating muscles do their thing more efficiently. I was skeptical. Especially when I drove home with them and didn't notice any ease of gripping the steering wheel.

I have not been able to cut food or chop vegetables for weeks now. Not because I'm too weak, but because the moment I try my muscles cramp up painfully and I have to drop the knife, manually un-cramp them and start over. I never get more then 2-3 seconds in before the cramps so it has made it an activity I just cannot do.

Well this evening my kids were trying to help by chopping the vegetables for me and they were having trouble with the tomatoes. I tried to help and instant cramps as usual. I remembered the braces and thought, what the hell, I'll try it. I only put the one on for the hand that is gripping the knife (my left/dominant hand). And... it worked!!!! I chopped 2 whole tomatoes without a single cramp! It was slow and required effort, but I actually did it!
 

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Woo hoo Kristina!
Definitely a win for the day!
 

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Never give up Kristina, we all surprise ourselves if we keep trying.
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That's wonderful the braces can give you more function :)
 
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