Today is the start of the week and I finished my exercises for the day. I did one set of my old exercises (for my shoulder and arms). Then I did my mirror box therapy and finished with my shaping exercise. Shaping exercise for today was to pick up coins and besides picking up 150 coins I also pick up 120 checkers. If Picking up money and checkers sounds like fun believe me it's not. But these two exercises will probably be the most help in regaining control of my hand.
Challenging exercises although frustrating are the ones that will help you gain the most. So in order to get better challenge yourself. Remember all exercises are cumulative and the more you do the more they add up.
The Quinnipiac study is now over. This means that I exercised six out of seven days every week for the past four weeks. And I feel good about it. Prior to the study, they did a benchmark range of motion evaluation on me. Now that the study is over they have done a post study range of motion evaluation on me. The post evaluation showed that I've made progress from four weeks ago. Now that the study is over I will continue to do my exercises on a daily basis. This should help me improve even more. Even though these exercises were challenging (frustrating) I will continue to look for more challenging exercises to do in the future. I am even going to ask my physiatrist to prescribe more OT for me. This should keep me busy through the end of the year. And then with the new year onto bigger and better things. I can't lose hope. Giving up is not an option!
I just got back from doing my second set of picking up quarters. This time it went a little better but there is a reason for this. For now, I don't try to do the exercise perfectly. What I do is make five stacks of 12 quarters but only pick up 10 of them because the last two would be nearly impossible for me to pick up right now. The perfect way to do this exercise would be to pick up each of the 10 quarters one at a time from the stack.
Occasionally, however, I will pick up two or three quarters at the same time and count it as one. The last quarter is the hardest one to pick up and I will try to pick this quarter up at least 10 times or until I do pick it up. This will make up for the quarters that were picked up at one time. Remember the exercise is not about being perfect but trying to be perfect and focusing on the correct way to do the exercise. Commit yourself to constant improvement. "Whether you think you can or can't you're right". (Henry Ford)
Today I started off with one set of my old exercises. This made me feel pretty good so I figured I'd get into my mirror box and shaping exercises so I did. Mirror box exercises went fine as they usually do. But when I got to the shaping exercise which was picking up quarters I hit a stone wall. My hand was stiff and I could not get my index finger and thumb to work properly. So I finished up one set of 50 and then walked away.
I will go back later and try my hand at it again (no pun intended). As usual this is the most difficult shaping exercise I have. And it is also the one that will probably help my hand the most. So until I get better at it this will be extremely frustrating and I will just have to put up with it for the time being. Frustration is something we will all have to overcome at some point. So get used to it and overcome it. Do as much as you can for as long as you can. Commit yourself to constant improvement. "Whether you think you can or think you can't you're right (Henry Ford).
Today, I was just thinking that I have been on the Quinnipiac University study for about three weeks now. This means that I have not been doing my original exercises for three weeks. This caused me to get a little depressed. Because I asked myself, what if I had kept up doing those exercises how far along would I be now?"
So then I decided to start doing those exercises again but instead of doing four sets I decided to do one set. This would at least get me working on the muscle groups that I had lost during the past few years of rehabilitation on other parts of my body.
It also helped me to feel better. So I just cured myself of my depression. Remember if you want to get better and not feel depressed you have to do your exercises.