Since I have been dropping everything I touch (or so it seems), I asked my physiotherapist last week if there is anything I can do about it.
Not only is it wasteful and messy to be always breaking things and dropping
food and drinks, it's also stressful and extremely frustrating. I get so angry
at myself - it's like my hands just stop working, and there goes the makeup bag
or the glass of water or the lovely china plate, as happened last night while I
was doing dishes, which made me cry. (The broken bits slid down the drain
before I could stop them, so I can’t even glue it back together again.) At this
point I am considering buying some plastic dishes – I’m worried that if I
don’t, I’ll end up smashing something on the floor and stepping on the pieces.
According to my physiotherapist, and to Melissa, who commented after my last post, this
is pretty common among arthritis patients. She had two common-sense
First, she said, I need to slow down. This is much harder than it
sounds, but I am working on it. I'm used to buzzing around the kitchen in a
flap trying to prepare breakfast or pack a lunch. A friend advised me to think
of slowing down as something I’m doing for myself, for my life in general, and
not something I have to do because my
arthritis is worse. I like that idea.
Second, my physiotherapist says I should use two hands for everything
(even if I don't think I need to). Again, this takes some work, because most
of us are used to picking things up with one hand. Hopefully, though, if I
learn to use both hands, I’ll be less likely to fumble and drop things.
Maybe the trick is not to be overconfident. Even if something looks like
it's going to be easy to grip or lift, I should probably assume it won't be and
be extra careful.
Any other ideas, anyone?
I really hope all of this helps. I’m so tired of feeling like I can’t trust