Someone asked me recently if I had ever written about how we adapted to Lynn’s loss of function in his hands. I haven’t but it’s a topic that might be helpful to some so here goes.
Lynn’s loss of the use of his hands gradually progressed over time; I’m guessing maybe 3-4 years; with the loss being a generalized weakness initially to the point now that he has no strength to speak of in either hand; almost no function in his left hand/arm and minimal in his right hand/arm. I think he started noticing a decrease in responsiveness about the time he was diagnosed in 2006 because I came in one day to see him comparing the speed at which his fingers would move between the two hands. It was that sight that made me realize that his weakness was not just in his legs. I insisted that he see a doctor because no longer could he insist it was just his sciatic nerve. As I told him, sciatic nerves do NOT affect shoulder, arm, or hand movement so it was more likely to be a problem in his brain or upper spinal cord. He agreed and so came his first MRI and the diagnosis of MS.
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