Saturday, May 4, 2013


I have the most amazing Physical Therapy team helping me get movement back in my little finger!  This experience has given me new insight and appreciation into what people with larger, more vital injuries must go through to get back up and functioning.

I am very fortunate that at this point my finger is not a hinderance to my everyday activities anymore.  Yet these ladies in PT are treating my therapy very seriously and have taken a personal stake into getting my finger to bend.

Look what they made for me on Friday!

Just out of their heads.  No plans, no kit, just their ingenuity and creative minds and fingers fitting and tweaking until it was just right, according to them.

A banjo string tightener-thingie to make my little finger stay in a bent position for 30 minutes a day, three times a day.

 And a pulley system for my finger to pull on attached to a rubber band for resistance after it's been released from the "bent position holder".

I am just amazed by this thing and it really helps me work the finger in a more productive manner with resistance.

Just wanted to share this genius with you and if my PT ladies ever read my blog I want them to know how great I think they are.  Thank you ladies!

And everyone have a good weekend!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh my goodness, that is so creative.
Hope it helps! So true about the other people who are going through their physical therapy. Hope you have a nice weekend. Debby

rottrover said...

The ingenuity of physical therapists amazes me. Once when I had a sprained ankle, they had me bunch up a damp towel with my toes! It really worked my sore ankle, and it was such an easy "tool!"

Edilma Weissmueller said...

It is amazing how therapists manage to make lazy parts of your body work. It looks like you have a job ahead of you, good luck. Down here rain and more rain.

Alice Kien-Zella said...

Oh mine, what an interesting contraption you have for your little finger, it is amazing what PT can come up with and what they can do to help you repair your injury. Keep up the good work and take care!

Olive said...

That is an amazing set up for your finger Ann. I have had more than my share of PT.

Anonymous said...

Medicine has come so far over the last 10 years specifically it just amazes me. If not for science and medicine, I would not have use of my arms today. Two cervical surgeries and I have my arms back. It's just amazing.

Don't ever underestimate the power of the pinky. People don't realize how much you actually use your pinky until it's gone. I'm so glad they are using top notch techniques for you to get your finger back. HOWEVER, how did I miss a post on what happened to you? i'll have to go back and try to find it. Either way, I do hope this works well for you and you regain the use of your pinky once again.


Mr. Connor said...

That is really very cool ! You have got quite a team doing for your pinky. You struck gold on finding this caring group ! Onward we go !

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

This is cool, indeed.

I know when we have had Occupational Therapists help children at the daycare, that they come up with creative, individualized devises and tools.

These individuals who work in either field are just truly amzing and creative people!

I'm so glad you now can exercise your pinkie more effectively!

Heather said...

Wow! Now, that's what you call service! Cheers~

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are very resourceful...and how wonderful for you to get movement back in your finger.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I hope it is helping to get your finger moving again!

Anonymous said...

It's very heartwarming that they would do this for you! What a blessing. Love your sleeping babies.

Robin Larkspur said...

Hi Ann, I just finished catching up with a bunch of your posts. I have missed you! First, I am so sorry to hear your daughter has been having such a rough time. Vertigo is not a fun thing at all. Bless her heart!! I hope the doctors can get their act together and get this surgery done for her! I totally understand about wanting to write a good post, but with tough stuff going on, it is hard to be upbeat. That is happening with me and my husband's illness. I will definitely be keeping up with your posts!
Your acupuncture experience sounded like a "fun" time.
Your new pinky device looks like a medieval torture device, but I bet it is going to get that finger in fine fettle!! Keep up the good work! Did you see the latest issue of the magazine "Country Living"? A Boston door stop right on the cover ! yup!! Hugs to you!