Hi All, Just had the OT over and she was really trying to find ways of helping me with my hands and wrists. Encouraged me to apply for DLA although I'm reluctant at the thought of all those forms and don't really consider RA to be disabling me sufficiently yet, but she pointed out that not being able to turn key in car ignition sometimes or squeeze toothpaste or shampoo makes this a disability already?
Oh well I suppose even something small would help towards the cost of diesel for the car to take me to the hospital for physio twice a week - as well as the slowlng down of production of our artwork because I'm no longer able to work on the more arduous jobs. My hubby pointed out to her that his hands are now full of puncture holes and wounds and swellings from taking over from me so he'll probably need time off his care work job if this state of affairs carries on!! But seriously this was quite a shock to me - thinking of this as disabling because so many here have it so much worse and are in the workplace too?
Sorry I deviate - my question that she wanted me to put to any of you who use splints as support was can you recommend knuckle and finger friendly brands of splints? She has taken away my existing ones from physio to customise herself but the person whose job this has always been has taken on new jobs and it will be her first time doing this herself - but she has a sewing machine and wants to try for me at least. We experimented and tried tayloring them to see how we can avoid my swollen and painful knuckles best and I said I would ask around on her for recommendations as I've seen for footwear.
Splints are not only useful for support but also for special occasions when we want to deter people from shaking our hand - which is a very common form of greeting in Scotland where kissing is less usual as a form of greeting friends!
Also I have to go away for work later in the year so want splints that look smart - preferably coloured or black because the flesh coloured ones I've got are prone to discolouring and I have to wash them all the time plus they do rub on my knuckles where they end. Also I find all the little velcro straps really hard to prize apart when my fingers are sore so one connection would be better for me. Any suggestions would be welcome?! Sorry this is more like a blog than a question really but the question is the important bit so please ignore the preamble if you're sick to death of my waffles!