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Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Living With One Usable Hand

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Dorothy Mah Poh Choo

(presented by Donna O’Donnell Figurski)

As a hemiplegic, I have one usable hand. It’s definitely very challenging. To carry on with life, I had to find new ways of doing things. I lost my job when I could not return to work full-time. Though I live with my children, I am home alone during the day when they go to work.

I learnt that the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” is true. Creative thinking can find new solutions to old ways. Besides finding new ways, I also use many aids, the most useful of which is a portable trolley. With it, I can carry things around. I found a one-touch can opener, which does the job with just one press of a button.th-1

The fingers of my remaining hand can do much more than before. I can hang socks on a peg carousel with one hand. Using…

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