Helping Hands

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Hi Everyone,


I just wanted to post something I just discovered, some of you may already have something similar but I thought I would share. :VeryHappy:


Since the Raynaud's I have been following doctors orders to make sure that I wear my gloves whenever I handle anything cold, so getting in the fridge or freezer, I slip on my gloves and get whatever I wanted out, and then proceed to drop it on the floor or have to rush to the counter to not drop it! I have to hold milk and things like a two year old, two handed so I don't spill or drop. It has become rather annoying, and also when I prepare meals often times the meat or veg is cold and I do not wear my gloves as they will get all messy, so I have to be very careful as my hands go cold and numb quickly and wealding a knife is a tad dangerous. Then of course you start getting those wonderful cramping pains that we all know and love!


So to my point (finally hehe) I was talking to a friend and basically whinging on about my above problems and he suggested that I try builders gloves, as they are designed with rubber grippers on them already! I looked into them and found them quite cheap on the internet and ordered a pair of the thinner ones, and they are great! They don't really keep my hands warm but are roomy enough for me to wear my thinner liner gloves underneath for warmth and they supply the grip I need, and as they are all a thin rubber like material on the whole underside of your hand they are fairly waterproof and easy to wash! :terrific:

They dry really quickly as well, I admit they are not a fashion statement but I don't plan to wear them out and about, I had someone suggest riding gloves as well and I looked into those, they are definately prettier than the builders gloves, all soft leather and such with little gripper spots on the underside of the hands, but they were considerably more expensive. I may look into those for the future to use when I go out and about so I can grip things better when wandering amongst other people, but for a cheap and cheerful solution to dropping things the builders gloves work a treat! :happy-dance:


It is warm and sunny these last two days so going to go out and enjoy it while it lasts, hope these help some of you and that everyone is well as can be and able to enjoy the nice spring weather!




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Hi Jean,


What a good idea; I must admit that I've actually used those gloves myself when walking the dogs as they're fairly waterproof on the palms and I can put a pair of thin fleecy gloves underneath. I have used them for riding as well, so wouldn't need to buy riding gloves, which as you say, are much more costly (utter the magic word "horse" and everything immediately becomes more expensive!! :rolleyes: )


I haven't tried using them for getting things out of the freezer yet, but I can see how useful they would be. :)

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I slip my washing up gloves over my woolly ones. I get those (the washing up ones) in the paint department of the local DIY place and the hand part is somewhat thicker and a little more 'grippy' than the yellow ones you find at the grocery store. They are still nice and flexible though. Now the only thing I tend to drop is leafy greens, much to the dismay of the dogs. My pick-up crew isn't too enthusiastic about spinach. :)


This year my hands have really been bad with the Raynaud's and the room with the looms is hard to heat (to my standards :glare: ). I'd gotten a pair of thin knit gloves (they're called liners) that have a metallic fibre knit in them and a pocket on the back for those little hot packs from an outdoor gear place. They are almost like wearing nothing at all as far as being able to use my hands goes, but they are wonderful at keeping them warm.

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Thanks for sharing your tip! I didn't know I had Raynaud's until recently, maybe 2 months ago. This winter, even with thick gloves on, my finger tips would hurt so bad and I just assumed it was because it was a bad winter. But even when I was indoors, when I would get my frozen fruit out of the freezer to make a smoothie, my finger tips again would hurt and go beet red. I thought I was turning into a sisssy! When I started looking for an underlying cause of my gastroparesis, and started reading about connective tissue diseases, I realized it was a symptom! It's so weird that touching something frozen can hurt so quickly. Weird disease. I think I will take your advice and get me some gloves to keep by the freezer!

Limited Scleroderma, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Celiac, Gastroparesis, GERD, and Gastritis.

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I have a pair of thick fleece gloves with those sticky like pads on the fingers & palm, they have a loop on the side so I hang them on a magnetic hook on the side of my fridge / freezer.



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