After having just finished a chapter in my book, I think it would be a good idea to blog about it. It is tied directly into recuperating from a total knee replacement.
30 years ago…When I was in a body cast, I learned to dress myself with my feet. (You do what you have to do). The task was not easy, but I did it. And, it may have been time consuming, but who cares? One doesn’t move too fast while in a body cast, anyways. 🙂
Skip to this year….While going through the pre-op tkr class, an occupational therapist introduced all of us patients to different contraptions that were designed to help us with the recuperation process. I remember, in particular, a grabber that came in different lengths. So many of these items are just downright unnecessary â€“ in my opinion.
Granted, some people cannot use all of their faculties and definitely benefit from these devices. However, others who do have their faculties just rely on these mechanisms because: 1) they don’t know otherwise; or 2) they don’t want to put forth the effort.
It takes work to use your toes as a dressing tool. It also uses your muscles and helps your pocketbook.
Using your toes as fingers is actually kind of fun once you get the hang of it. 🙂