In my latter forties I can already see that things my mother experienced are coming true. I spend too much time out in the garden pulling weeds and the joints in my fingers become stiff. I wonder, is this is the beginning of arthritis? I use my hands for everything, typing, writing, gardening, sewing, and cannot imagine not being able to use my hands. A client of mine has arthritis so severe that she is unable to cook and do daily tasks. Now there may be a bright side to this, her husband does most of these tasks. But what if one doesn’t have a husband or another pair of hands? I always say I can’t imagine what I would do if I lost my eyesight. I also can’t imagine what I would do if I lost the nimbleness in my hands, although I’m sure I would figure something out. Who of you out there have lost the use of a limb or sight and what accommodations have you made?

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