Bite / Library of Congress

Bite / Library of Congress

Toddlers are taught not to put non-food items in their mouths.

Stroke victims quickly¬†learn to break this rule. If you only have one working hand, you put lots of items in your mouth: zippers that won’t budge, bottles that don’t unscrew, tangled necklaces. Bite!

4 Responses to “Bite”

  1. Linda writes:

    very clever! so true.

  2. Beth writes:

    I do the same thing. The other day I wastrying to unzip a jacket and was using my teeth. One of my physical therapists saw me and made a comment like I should stop. I told him when he had his stroke he could do things his way. Meanwhile, I would make do the best way I could. I’ve become very good with my teeth and kneesat unzipping, holding, etc.

  3. B writes:

    My quadraplegic friend was involved in a traffic accident, which damaged her front teeth. She sued, successfully, to obtain payment against damage to one of her primary enabling devices – namely, her front teeth. (We both wish that her suit against the municipality whose failure to provide her a safe place to navigate put her into the position where that accident happened!)

  4. duke writes:

    during one of my first showers in rehab i used my right handto put my left hand in my mouth and held it with my teeth so i could spray under my arm

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