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miocean

Splints, again!

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I am wearing a splint once again and this time am being "compliant". It actually feels good! This one is a soft neoprene one for the thumb on my left hand. The joint where it connects to the thumb is swollen, pops, and hurts. This cushions it and makes it feel better. It is bright blue and only about 5 inches long. My OT also made one for my index finger, it is plastic and ugly, but I don't' have to wear it all the time. I've been having trouble with my index fingers, they are the most contracted, and lately they have been going into cramps and contracting more. When they do this, I can slip on the splint and it will force my finger to straighten. It happened last night while I was writing with a pen and it helped. I have a drawer full of splints he made me over they years from up to the elbow, the wrist and just the finger but I can't wear them.

 

I am volunteering at a black tie event for charity tonight and won't wear it. It's not black! ;)

 

miocean


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Oh, good GOOD, miocean...so glad for you that this one is comfortable...it sure makes all the difference when they are, that's for sure.

 

Just a thought, should you want to waer it... a pretty black scarf tied around it, maybe? ;)

At any rate, have a wonderful time at the charity event...how great that you are doing that! Good job!


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Hi Miocean, I've just had a splint made for my right thumb because of the same problem. It's a thermoplastic one which is fine when I'm chopping veg etc but is rather bulky to wear the rest of the time.

 

The OT did say she would check in a few weeks time to see how I'm getting on but said she could do a softer neoprene one for me as well. She told me that the joint has 'had it' probably due to arthritis, it clicks and grinds and is weak, so picking up kettles / pans etc is not very easy and sometimes I just drop them because the pain is so bad.

 

I do hope the splints help.

 

Take Care

 

Buttons

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Yes, Buttons, I have trouble picking up things. Fortunately it is my opposing hand so I don't use it anymore. It sounds like we are having the same issue with the same joint. I do like the neoprene splint, with long sleeves or a jacket you can hardly see it. If it was summer and I was at the beach it would probably be home!

 

miocean


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That thread about silver splints got me thinking- you could use it to pin serious sparkles like a bracelet or brooch. Also dress gloves cover a multitude of problems- I used to order mine from New York City in the days before I got really into shoveling manure and wrestling with goaties.

 

I had a couple made from thermoplastic that I was supposed to wear at night. But after whacking myself while sleeping so severely that I gave myself a bloody nose, I gave it up.

 

Or you could go totally retro prom and pin an corsage to it- color coordinated of course. Might start a Micheal Jackson variation fad. :)

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enjoytheride,

 

The idea about a pin is great the only thing is the top part is where the velcro straps go, don't' know if they'll adept a pin. I'll try.

 

miocean


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