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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Piecing is good hand therapy! ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Piecing is good hand therapy!
after an accident that shattered my wrist
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Date: 7/16/13 5:28 PM

Two months ago I got myself into a motorcycle accident while taking my first riding lesson (yes, I'm rather uncoordinated and I think perhaps motorcycles are not for me.) I shattered my right wrist and required surgery, pins, and a cast up to my elbow.

Well, 2 weeks ago I got my cast off!! My poor wrist was weak, stiff, and I was unable to supinate or pronate (palm up or down.) My occupational therapist told me that gently performing household activities that involve supination and pronation is a great way to supplement my therapy.

I have found that simple piecing with large fabric pieces is excellent exercise for my wrist. I am not yet strong enough to cut fabric, so I pulled out all my leftover precuts....layer cakes and jelly rolls are the perfect size....not too small and no bias edges. As I manipulate the pieces, match edges, feed the fabric through the machine, clip threads, etc., my wrist and hand get a gentle workout. I work slowly and am careful not to overdo it. But because it's an enjoyable activity for me, I tolerate doing it for longer periods of time than the boring hand exercises I was given.

Today my therapist said that my strength has improved 20% and range of motion has improved 15% since my last visit 4 days ago! I'm thrilled and I may need fewer therapy sessions than was estimated.

WOW!!! Thank you quilting!!!!

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Date: 7/16/13 6:13 PM

Yeah, yeah, it's a good excuse.

"Oh, honey, you know the physical therapist told me to piece to make my hand and wrist stronger. You'll have to do the marketing, housework, run the errands, etc, because I am under doctor's orders. I would love to help you out, but really, this is medical! Honey, could I please have a sandwich and an iced tea? And hand me that purple jelly roll over there, no honey, that's blue, the purple one is underneath it."

Tell the truth, you fell off that motorcycle on purpose, didn't you? That was a good idea, I wish I had thought of it.

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Date: 7/16/13 7:18 PM

What a great exercise. Kind of turning lemons into lemonade

Hope you are back to "normal" soon

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Date: 7/16/13 9:24 PM

Sewme47, that is great that you have something you enjoy doing that helps with your improvement. And the craft you enjoy will continue to be an excellent gauge of your progress.

Best wishes

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Date: 7/16/13 11:35 PM

I recently fractured both left wrist bones playing tennis! I am recovering from the surgery (plate and screws!) and just completed over a month of therapy with a "certified hand therapist"....the therapy was worth the two-hour round trip several times a week. By far, most painful ordeal I have been through but I know many others have it far worse...

I started by folding towels...did not go into sewing room for a few weeks. Then, I would spill a few buttons out and pick them up one by one. Those small things really were big achievements. Holding hair dryer was a major accomplishment!

I have been cleaning out sewing room and found that to be therapeutic as long as I don't lift anything too heavy. I am getting a few muslins done for ASG conference.

My doctor didn't want wrist in brace too much (after two weeks) but therapist gave me a compression glove to reduce swelling at night.

Walgreens sells a fingerless ACE compression wrist band that is beige knit with Velcro band. This is good to wear in sewing room to prevent fatigue. (not the heavier black braces they sell)

Good luck to you. It has been about 8 weeks for me and I am just now feeling somewhat normal except for strength. Doctor said the fist measure was most important...even more than range of motion which will come in time!

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Date: 7/17/13 0:50 AM

Dress code, I'm so glad to hear of your good experience with a hand therapist...I am scheduled to start hand therapy in 2 weeks. My fracture was actually 4 bone fragments that broke from the radius....my wrist surgery was like putting a jigsaw puzzle back together! Unfortunately, I also broke my pelvis in 3 places and tore some ligaments in my knee, and I spent over 3 weeks in the hospital. It's wonderful to be home.

Thanks for all your helpful suggestions. I have found that my wrist really benefits from "wax on, wax off" type of activities....wiping countertops, dusting, polishing mirrors. I can't lift anything heavier than a coffee mug, so I am quite envious of your ability use a hair dryer!

I hope your recovery is speedy and you'll soon be able to sew again. :-)

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Date: 7/17/13 0:52 AM


Yes, it was all a grand plan!

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Date: 7/17/13 0:54 AM

Kathysews and a7yrstitch, thank you for the encouragement! I am definitely on the mend.

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Date: 7/17/13 5:30 AM

So sorry you were hurt! I used to ride motorcycles in a previous lifetime :)

I do enjoy handwork, always have. Glad you're on the mend, I pray you enjoy a complete recovery.

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