A few weeks ago I found myself in the Occupational Therapy Kitchen of my local rehabilitation hospital. My physiatrist was filming me demonstrating how I undertake various cooking tasks as a person with hemiplegia (to be shown to her medical students).
Cooking for me is both time consuming and laborious. It can take me nearly ten minutes to peel a single potato. Peeling even that one potato can leave my left wrist cramped and in pain. I generally avoid cooking anything that involves peeling vegetables as a result.
My doctor started out m=by having me demonstrate how I would normally complete a task by myself at home, which inevitably took me about three times longer than an able-bodied person.
Then she had me do the task over, using the adaptive kitchen gadgets that the hospital used for physiotherapy. While my actions were still slow and awkward, the tasks were completed…
View original post 581 more words