It’s two days before Christmas, which means it’s time to wrap presents. I’ve made this an annual tradition, not because wrapping Christmas presents is a major life skill, but because it reminds me of the gift that I was given by Dr. Shaw. In 1998, I had a series of surgeries called tendon transfers. The four surgeries gave me a pinch in each thumb, the ability to grasp with my left hand and a tricep on my right arm.
The Christmas following the surgeries, I decided to test out my new dexterity. I grabbed some wrapping paper, tape, a knife, and the presents I had purchased for my family. Sitting at the kitchen table, I figured out how to slice the paper with a knife by folding the paper in half. Using a little extra tape, I managed to slowly wrap each present until I had a small pile of Christmas gifts for my family.
So there is the first present. As you can tell, you can’t see all the ripped paper and tape covers a multitude of sins.
Let’s try the Nimble®. I am going to put it on my finger – let’s see how this goes. Well not very well. I gave up on using the Nimble®. It seems that you need to use a little bit more pressure, to be able to push down to score the paper, than I am able to do. I just found that the knife worked better for me.
It doesn’t help when the tape sticks to your hands.
Using a little extra tape really helps when wrapping Christmas presents. As you can see, I am just putting a little bit on the box itself so I can give it a good pull when I am actually folding over this piece of paper on to the other side.
Here I am about an hour and a half later with a pile of Christmas presents that are wrapped. I’ll be able to give these to my family Christmas morning and just know that I did with love and with the abilities that I have been given.
Hope that you have a Merry Christmas!
To keep you informed of new stories from Jenny, please click on the link below to 'Join Our Community'. All we need is your name and email address.
The opinions and experiences presented herein are for informational use only. Individual results may vary depending on your condition. Always consult with your health care professional. This individual has been compensated by Bard Medical for the time and effort in preparing this article for BARD’s further use and distribution. BMD/BMDA/0218/0624