Saturday, 22 November 2014

Hand therapy

So for a while now I've been seeing a hand therapist (occupational therapist). She's been very good and we have been using splints and massaging to get them moving as they have been stuck for so long it's a long and slow process but it's working slowly. I'd like to show my splits then my hands after there 8 mins, which is the max because of circulation! 

This is my right splint 


This is my left splint! 


This is my right hand after splint useage 


This is my left hand after splint useage! 

There is much improvement from the start of treatment and I'm so pleased with the progress and the pain is worth it seeing these results!!! 




Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday!!

Since I was little my family have always had a Sunday roast! Now even with pain it's a little different we no longer sit round the table as it's to much for me. But we my dad and brother catch up on Sunday. My favourite part of Sunday though is seeing the family pets mel and lucky! Mel is 7 years old and a black labrador she sits by you for your food til your finished then moves on to the next person lol 

Then there's lucky we don't know how old he is or what breed he is! He was a stray that wasn't claimed so became a permante fixture that was in 2002! He loves nothing more than a cuddle and a treat! 

Lucky in his favourite place! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My friend in the USA sent me a special gift

I have many friends across the world! One lady I have met is Michelle we found each other as we both have rheumatoid arthritis and we have spoken many times. She welcomed me into a group on social media allowing me to connect with others mainly in America, it's such a fantastic group. They do a special swap called "the spoon swap" in which we are paired and send each other a spoon either brought or home decorated. My gift is still in the post so I won't post mine! But Michelle sent me 3 spoons and 1 has such meaningful words I will take it on my travels and take a photo :) I wanted to thank Michelle and share the spoon with you all 


Her son also sent me a spoon which is a smiley face and it makes me smile every day along with a beautiful pink decorated spoon with sparkles I love them all. The spoon above quote is "vicky may this always be your extra spoon" 

Shoes!

So I'm off to football Boxing Day to see Manchester United v Newcastle United with my friend Shaun and I'm really excited for this day! 

Now you have to dress smart and the rules say no trainers, OH NO! Now Shaun did speak to them and for medical reasons they said I could however with the outfit I had in mind I just couldn't wear trainers! 

So that lead me think I need Togo shopping! Now shoe shopping fills me with absolute dread! Partly because I just want to wear high heels and partly because I know how frustrating it is these days! 

So off we went to birmimgham my closest city! Now it's not my favourite place and certainly isn't my brothers! 

After a frustrating start and a few hours of various shoe shops I was feeling a little sad that I wouldn't find anything so i brought a Christmas present! We were about to give up then we dropped into Clarkes and was helped by a really nice sales person! Who gave me a few different choices, I loved some boots but they had a heel but they did fit me! I tried a high heeled pair unfortunately my foot just wouldn't go into that position! Finally I tried a new brand on for me and suddenly had to choose between two pairs, this is unheard of since I was diagnoised! I am happy to say I now have a pair of shoes and am lookimg forward to my upcoming trip to Manchester :) 


Scrapbooking memories

So I normally have a memory box which holds old tickets etc to remember things I've done since I've had rheumatoid.

However since my rheumatoid has got worse it was getting harder and harder to get the box out the wardrobe so I had to consider a new approach!

So I went into town with my dad today and brought a bumper sketch pad and so,e coloured pencils and got my hands on stuff in the living room that I had yet to put in my box and started to put it all together. With some glue I had in the house.

Now many of you know I've been having hand therapy and today I could see those exercises and stretches did me good, I could use the scissors, push glue out of my squeeze bottle it seemed an achievement! 

So I'll show you my absolute favourite page so far! 


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Disabled football fans

As many of you know I'm a football fan, I love the game as a whole! But since becoming sick and ultermatly in a wheelchair I found tickets for games hard to come by because there are fewer seats available to people in wheelchairs. So I've been doing lots of research and written emails and now I've set up a petition so please sign no matter where you are.

Thank you

http://www.change.org/p/the-fa-change-disabled-ticketing-allocation?recruiter=171007369&utm_campaign=twitter_link&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Appointments appointments and more appointments!

Hello!!

So I havnt really been blogging much recently because I've been sick or busy, what a mix ah?! Well first off I've had well no one seems to know but I've been literally falling asleep unexpedictly! I'm tired too I mean when did I start falling asleep at midnight lol! I don't enjoy sleeping because of staying in one position my joints really hurt in the morning! So doctors ain't really sure what's going on there.

I've been having a lot of appointments recently here's a run down, some exciting news too!!

Counselling

So many of you know I've been having some grief counselling to help me to deal with the loss of my mum I know it's over six years ago but it still hurts, I miss her every day. So I have been seeing a lady who's been helping me. We are coming to the end of my session now and not really sure what next I'm considering having private session to really get a handle on these feelings. But not due to finish until December so we will have to wait and see!

Hands

So I've also been seeing a lovely lady at one of the local hospitals and I swear she's a miracle worker! I've been seeing her for a while now and it's really helping me. I have splits to wear which are a little uncomfortable but they are working for me. My right hand which was the better of the two has improved with my one finger now going back straight which it wasn't before! My left hand and the worse has had a good improvement with a cople of degrees better in two fingers.

Physio

I've been seeing a new physio too she's really good! I've been doing many different exercises including standing with bars, swaying (LOL) and ball work and at home I have exercises to do daily. They have been really good and we are both pleased my one knee, my best knee! Has got a little worse but it has been flaring pretty badly! However my right knee that's "stuck" has moved a massive 10 degrees which is a massive achievement for all my team!

I also have many other appointments it's all fun and games! His week alone as of Thursday I've had 7 appointments and another couple Togo tomorrow!!! Lol I love being busy but it certainly takes it out of you but I'm working really hard to get my self back to dancing!!

On a final note of this blog, I recently passed my diploma in tourism management which I've been doing for a few months to fill a bit of time :)

Xx