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February 4, 2018

#547 – Goal Accomplishment: Bundling and Trust

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On Alter Your Course, I listed a few things that help me wander the circuitous path that rheumatoid arthritis (RA), has set out for me. While I’m not always 100% successful at doing them, I manage to find my way back whenever I stray off-course.

How are you doing with those New Year’s vows? Have you been successful with the changes that you’ve promised yourself? Perhaps your resolutions were cast in plaster and the icy winter weather has quickly caused them to crumble.

When you decide that self-flagellation, via the guilt train, is no longer viable, it’s time to travel a different route.

Bundle up

To Change Your Life, Learn How to Trust Your Future Self, Jeff Wise outlines how to better achieve your goals by breaking your larger goal down into easy-to- accomplish steps. With the religious execution of those baby steps, you chalk up small successes, or bundles. Based on your past performance, you then have proof that you can achieve the bigger goal. The fruit of your labour yields a healthy serving of trust in yourself. The more you nurture it, the more it grows.

Imagine how it feels when you exclaim,”Hey, I’m confident that I can do this, based on what I’ve done so far!”

Yes, even when you have a chronic illness, such as RA!

 

 

 

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January 10, 2018

#545 – How to Massage Away Scar Tissue for Hand Mobility

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“You have to continually massage the scar tissue.” I heard it over and over again, from the surgeon, the occupational therapist (OT), and the physiotherapist (PT).

The body produces extra collagen and deposits it to promote healing and strengthen the tissue after surgery or injury. It’s important to regularly massage it in order to soften the scar tissue tissue. When scar tissue builds up, it can restrict movement and reduce function.

Now I know why my mom’s cesarean scar looked the way it did. I remember being perplexed and somewhat fascinated by how it looked like a rough, tightly knotted cord. In those days, they were quite liberal with the knife, so her scar ran from her pubic bone to just below her solar plexus. (All 3 of us were not easy deliveries!) She never mentioned it, but it must have been uncomfortable whenever she stretched.

If I don’t regularly massage the raised ribbon of tissue that runs along the incision site, I can feel tightness whenever I open my hand. However, massaging it can be a challenge, especially if you have weak and/or sore hands. I have trouble applying enough pressure to soften the scar tissue, so I’ve found ways to work around that.

I regularly use a roller ball, along with some of my other massage tools, but when these gadgets aren’t at hand, there are other sneaky ways to massage my scar.

I rub my palm:

  • Over a doorknob.
  • Along the edge of a mug.
  • On the steering wheel when I’m stopped at a red light.
  • Along the edge of a table or desk.
  • Over Holly’s hard head! She especially likes the pressure on her ears!

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December 12, 2017

#544 – Give Your Hands a Rest

If you don’t have resting splints, you can improvise with some rolled-up face cloths, or hand towels.

Do it while you’re watching a movie, or when your hands “tell” you they need a break. You can place a cold-pack (no, I’m not talking about beer!), if needed, over your achy, breaky hands, at the same time.

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December 10, 2017

#543 – 3 Hacks to Survive Hand Surgery

It’s been 7 weeks since I had surgery to repair a ruptured thumb. The surgeon reassures me that I am on target with my recovery, even though, at times I question whether I will ever get full use of my thumb.

I knew that for a number of weeks I would be down to using one hand, so I prepared in advance by doing the following:

#1 Put elastic laces into my running shoes. (My dentist, who had surgery for carpal tunnel, wished someone had told him to do this. I can credit my hip surgery requirements for this little tip.)

#2. Squeezed some toothpaste into a small jar.

#3. Purchased an easy-to-grip sanding sponge from the hardware department of the dollar store to make it easier to file my nails.

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