Cyborg

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

James is a scientist who was in a horrible accident and needed prosthetics. Then a video game company advertised for a patient who wanted a cyborg arm, like one of their game characters. You can see his story here.

Would you want cyborg limbs?

Lumbricals

Hand / Wellcome Image

Hand / Wellcome Images

There are tiny muscles in your hands called lumbricals. Apparently my stroke palm was super tight. My doctor injected them with Botox — Zop! Eek! Not fun. They do seem looser now.

Anyone have similar problems?

Mother’s Day II

Mother's Day / Wellcome Images

Mother’s Day / Wellcome Images

I had a very sweet Mother’s Day, with flowers picked out by my son.

Someday he will notice and ask about my hand problem. Then what? What do other parents with disabilities say to small children?

Spike

Spike / Alternative Limb Project

Spike / Alternative Limb Project

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, they are running an exhibit on fashion and technology. One piece is a video by the Alternative Limb Project, of art and prosthetics. Here are some more images of Model / Pop Singer Viktoria Modesta, who has a prosthetic.

Thoughts about beauty?

Electricity II

Electric City / Library of Congress

Electric City / Library of Congress

A reader asks, How is your electric hand machine doing?

This is the electronic shock machine that I wear during hand exercises, two hours a day for an entire year. My answer: it is helping but not fast enough. My fingers are looser. I can open my hand more than I could before. It is still difficult to release objects. I am hopeful that it will keep improving this year. My year is not over.

Patience….

Lift

Man With Floating Hats / Michal Baksh

Man With Floating Hats / Michal Baksh

ArtLifting is an online gallery that sells art by the disabled and homeless. This Boston-based gallery has been so successful that some of its members are now full-time artists!

Sun

Beach / Library of Congress

Beach / Library of Congress

Most grammar schools in the Boston area shut down for a week in February. That’s because it is frigid; two weeks ago, it was -9 degrees F (-23 C)! So the whole city leaves for somewhere warm.

Our little family went to sunny Los Angeles, where my parents live. We are thawing.

Where would you go?

Vision

Eye / Library of Congress

Eye / Library of Congress

I have vision loss because of my stroke. There is a narrow strip that I cannot see around 6 o’clock of my sight.

Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. I just went. My brain is still improving. Each year the missing piece gets smaller.

Progress!

Pianist

Nicholas McCarthy was born with one hand. He is now a professional pianist. His story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVghMk3v3mI

Lego

From Zusammengebaut Video

From Zusammengebaut Video

New Legos have a wheelchair character! You can make it female or old by changing its plastic wig.

The disabled make the mainstream…