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…

Electricity

Lightning / Library of Congress

Lightning / Library of Congress

I’ve been using the electronic arm machine consistently. It is terribly dull: 2 hours a day. My hand has definitely improved. The only problem is that the machine has given me a mild electric burn on my arm.  So now I have a few days off while my skin stops being red.

The things we do for hand function. Any other examples?

 

Walk

Walk / Library of Congress

Walk / Library of Congress

And he’s off! My son is now mobile, walking here and there around our house. We hastily childproofed.

He falls down a lot but keeps on trying.

Good mentors, toddlers.

Ball

Ball / Library of Congress

Ball / Library of Congress

Our baby is very interested in bright colored balls. He crawls around our living room, pushing and throwing them, often for a half an hour at a stretch. He is getting good at kicking them too. I do my leg exercises, kicking balls back to him. Multitasking.

Other multitasking ideas?