The doctor said I’m ahead of the curve on the healing process and set me up with several physical therapy sessions. I’ll see him again in two weeks, but now I’m allowed out of the splint three times a day for an hour at a time to do the exercises.
First they did all kinds of detailed measurements of how much movement I had in my wrist. Then the therapist checked the amount of grip on both hands. Right hand: 45 pounds. Left hand: 3 pounds. She said the amount of strength I feel is all in the arm, not the wrist. Then she plugged in the Fluido machine to pre-heat it for me.
The Fluido Machine is just the right amount of technology. It’s basically ground up corn husks blown around in a container of hot air. The corn husks absorb heat. You stick your arm in it for a pre-set amount of time and wiggle it around for a while in what feels like sawdust. The dry heat makes it easier to warm and exercise the muscles.The photo on the site doesn’t show the back side, which is where you stick your arm through a sleeve which velcros on to the top of the arm so the corn husk debris doesn’t blow out the opening. It felt good, and I got more movement in the therapy session after using it.
The exercises she put me through really hurt. But I promise I will be disciplined about it. She also massaged a lot around the area of the incision to reduce the build up of scar tissue. That felt like it was much needed, but I was not expecting an emotional reaction to the sensation of being touched. I don’t get touched much. I probably should look into getting regular massages. In the meantime I’m grateful for the care that I’m able to get less than a ten minute drive from my house. At least the inconvenience of therapy sessions doesn’t include a long drive to get there.
I’m “on vacation” this week… I had scheduled time off about six months ago. I’m only taking a bit of time off, working just a few hours this week whenever I feel like going in. So I’ve been working really hard on getting these small items ready to sell. I have a little stack of them available now for $15 each. These are original drawings mounted on card stock. The sizes vary, but they are all less than 4×4 inches square in the final mounted version.
What do you think? I haven’t yet shown these to anyone outside of my family, and I do appreciate your feedback. I am still focusing on my goal of making original art affordable. Yes, I have a couple of items available for $2,000.00. I have some things available in the $300-$500 range. I have some larger pieces that have no mats or frames for less than that. And I have these for $15 plus a couple of bucks for shipping.
It feels like progress on all fronts.
Thanks for stopping by to read. I appreciate you.
Oh, one more thing. Old Jules thought maybe you would enjoy seeing a photo of Shiva from time to time. I think he’s missing her more than he lets on. So here you go: