Back to the therapist today. I did not know that there is a difference between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. I have an Occupational Therapist who specializes in hands. Occupational therapist gets you ready to get back into you regular every day life or work. Physical therapist works with whatever is ailing and as with legs for example, gets you walking again. Occupational gets you back into the normal everyday things. Such as with me..eating with my right hand instead of my left as I have had to do..combing my hair. etc etc.
But man, tears to my eyes again. No, not rolling down onto my face but my eyes smarted with them as my hand was bent backward since it is as stiff as a cardboard cutout..and as each finger was forced down into my palm..when they don't "meet" my palm by two inches or more, yet. Too painful and stiff. But I had no choice today, down to my palm they went. However, on the last few moments she said not to baby my hand any more and let it do anything it could in every day things. To try regardless and yes, it will hurt. Not to be ridiculous like trying to lift pounds of things..not now, too weak, but to go ahead and let my right hand assist with driving in any way it can..and to try to lift ordinary household things with my left hand assisting. I actually went out, started the car with my left hand..too hard with not hardly any range of motion to turn the key...but..I used the gearshift and shifted. First time in weeks and yes, it hurt. A lot. :-)