Neither my husband nor I are huge people. Our toddler, on the other hand, is a giant. Lugging a 33lb+ kid around beats the gym. Even my therapists have noticed.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Choreographer Heidi Lasky has been creating works with abled and disabled dancers. Here is part of a work entitled the Gimp Project. She defines “Gimp” as: 1. a ribbonlike, braided fabric 2. fighting spirit; vigor 3. a lame person 4. slang; a halting, lame walk 5. to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically. Youtube here….
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
I’m getting my back zapped! I’ve been using electrical stimulation on my arm and hand for this past year. It has led to a much looser hand. Now, my therapist has connected me with a huge multilimb machine. I go to my rehab hospital twice a week. Then I get covered electrodes on my back, shoulder, and arm. Then I use a stationary bike for my arms while I get zapped for 30 minutes. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Sunday, 22 May 2016
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?
Monday, 16 May 2016
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?
Monday, 9 May 2016
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?
Monday, 18 April 2016
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?
Friday, 18 March 2016
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.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
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!
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
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?