Monday, January 30th, 2017
I was 15 years old when I experienced a stroke on July 24th, 1975. Relearning how to do simple things or things I had taken for granted was hard. I learned how to ride a bike again, at age 16, by strapping my right foot into the pedal and moving everything I needed to operate the bike over to the left side of the handle bar. After many attempts and many bruises, riding my bike is now a great pastime. My way of dealing with what happened to me has been to overcompensate with the left side of my body; I came to terms with the fact that this is the way things are until something is found that can help.
My continued search for that “something” is what led me to the Saebo website and to try the SaeboGlove for two weeks. As soon as I put the SaeboGlove on, my gripping abilities began to improve, due to the correct positioning of the wrist and the extension of my thumb and fingers. With the glove I’m able to pick up small objects, blocks, pencils, etc. and manipulate and stack other peg objects on a board. These tasks were either difficult or impossible without the SaeboGlove. Also, I can perform a number of routine tasks like opening doors and kitchen closets. All of this was given back to me because, with the glove on, my right hand is able to pinch normally between the thumb and the index finger.
It’s too soon to say whether or not I’ll be able to get back substantial movement of my right hand without the glove on, but at least there is hope and in the meantime it offers the ability to work out the right hand and to perform some normal activities with the glove on. I am grateful for this and hoping that I will continue to see improvements as my brain retrains. Thank you Saebo. Over the years I’ve heard from many a doctor (although never a physical or occupational therapist) that “You will reach a plateau.” So I love your motto: “No Plateau in Sight!”