Staying Out of a Nursing Home
Today I got a splinter in my sound hand as I walked down my front steps while holding onto a wooden railing. Thank God I know how to remove a splinter one-handed so I do not need live in a nursing home to get nursing care. My mother removed splinters by picking at the skin over the splinter with the end of a sewing needle. This was painful and required delicate fingertip pinch. A stroke took away my ability to grasp a needle between my thumb and index finger.
My solution is to use a rasp which removes callouses on the bottom of the feet. I trap the rasp on a counter with my affected hand. Then I rake the rasp over the splinter. I apply gentle pressure and make repeated passes to slowly remove skin. Today the splinter popped out as soon it was fully exposed. I followed with Betadine solution. CAUTION: This method only works for splinters that are close to the surface.
I also know how to put a band aid on my finger one-handed. I put the band aid close to the edge of a counter. I put the affected area of my finger on the pad in the center. Then I roll my finger to the left to get the left side of the band aid to stick to my finger. Without lifting my hand I roll to the right so the right side of the band aid sticks to my finger. There is usually a small tail that is not stuck down so I grab it with my teeth and stick it to my finger. A 2nd reason I do not need to live in a nursing home to get nursing care. homeafterstroke.blogspot.com