People often ask me that question. And I have thought about it a lot over the years. Probably the easiest to duplicate is the lack of dexterity in my fingers and hand. Want to give it a try? See what it feels like? Okay, go dig out your winter gloves. Got them? Good. Now, lets set up some tests for you. Grab a deck of cards or a stack of dollar bills. Are you wearing anything with buttons? If not, grab one out of the closet. Ready?
|YumaBev trying to button|
Put the wrong glove on backwards on your dominant hand. Now, try to deal the cards or count your dollar bills. Having trouble? Now try to button or unbutton those buttons. Fun, isn't it. That's pretty much what my right hand feels like 60% of the time. The other 40% of the time, my meds are operating at their peak, and then it still feels like I have an invisible glove on, just not the wrong one backwards. So, now you can understand why I could no longer be a bank teller.
There is no pain in my hand or fingers like you get with arthritis. There is no tingling, numbness, loss of strength or feeling. The fingers just won't cooperate with my brain. If I need to open a jar of pickles, the right hand is the one I use, when I can get it to grasp the lid. It makes cutting steak difficult, trying to coordinate both pushing down and moving back and forth.
So, we Parkies adapt. My Wonderful Husband cuts my steak when my fingers won't. I donated all my shirts with buttons to the Salvation Army or now wear them like this. See, just tie the tails in a knot and skip the buttons. Works for me, and looks fashionable, too. Plus it was fun shopping for the right color tank tops to wear under them.
|YumaBev fashion - Parkie style|
|YumaBev's Parkie fashion|
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