In case there has been any confusion for those with hemiparesis, when I make therapy suggestions that involve both sides of the body, I really mean to use both sides. As I always say, the best way to carry out your healing is to treat the body as a whole; if you treat it well from the inside out and nurture it from all angles, conditioning your core, all the gross and fine muscles and movements, et cetera, you’ll get the best results.
And be thorough. You can really incorporate your OT at home throughout your life in pretty much anything you do, so do that outside of the specific exercises targeted directly at your affected hand/arm. You know what just occurred to me within the past day? Bubble wrap! Pop it with your weaker side. Grapes! Pluck ’em off the bunch with your affected hand.
Ladies, try the intimidating task of painting your fingernails again — work your way up from clear polish to sheer tones and then to the darker and bolder shades you may prefer.
I actually busted out my old Nintendo 64 (yes, with the old-school controllers with the joystick) and started running trials of MarioKart on the easiest racetrack there is. Of course the experience was painstakingly slow, as the joystick has to be controlled by the left hand (incidentally my affected side), but with practice I slowly began decreasing the time to finish the course. If video games are your thing, this could be a fun idea for you. Alternatively, I highly recommend converting to Wii, as most games don’t involve the Nunchuck (the extension of the remote that involves a joystick) and you can play games like MarioKart more or less just like any other “n00b” (it’ll take a while to adjust to the steering wheel, but practice goes a long way — just like it did with N64).
So the point? Do the things you loved before. At first, it can be discouraging how difficult they are. For now, you’ll have to make little adjustments, but as you continue to work on them, you’ll get so much better you’ll even surprise yourself. And you’ll have fun in the process!
To our healing,