Friday, June 24, 2011

Physical Therapy vs Painting

I have had a boost of mobility in my stiff fingers.  I've dutifully done my finger exercises, squeezing the orange playdough till the cows came home.  Months later, no improvement.  I figured I had what I was going to have.  When warm weather came, I started my summer chores of weeding and painting, and lo and behold, I'm getting more mobility.   The thumb, index finger and middle finger are pretty much normal!

It's been almost a year since I had my accident.  People ask me "Are you afraid of riding?"  Heck no, I'm afraid of painting! I had started a painting project right before the accident.  I patched holes and painted one wall.  Here we are, almost a year later, and my house still looks like it has measles.  I'm not proud of that.  I'm going to fix those walls soon.  I started the outdoor paint projects, fearing the paintbrush would slip out of my hand inside and land on the hardwood floors.  I'm painting the runs, and I haven't dropped the brush one time.  That's huge.

Some of the runs are more challenging to paint than others.  Here's Perfect Paj's run -
See any teeth marks?  I don't think so!  Now let's look at somebody else's run.  I'm not naming names, but he's 18.2 hands tall, and his name is not Boomer.
Ben Chewbacca followed me along, chewing paint off almost as fast as I put it on.  Until I found this -
We've had a few chew spots in new paint, but I'm winning.  I'm painting the chew spots with RustOleum primer, and then I'll paint over them all with RustOleum paint.  My next project is the little hay shed.  I want to paint it to match the barn.

After the hay barn, maybe I'll finally be ready to tackle the house.


in2paints said...

Well that's great news!! It sounds like you might get a few more opportunities to paint, thanks to a certain large Clyde helping out... he's just being helpful you know! :)

Janet said...

I hadn`t realized you had a problem with your hand -glad its improving though-Barn and fencing looks great and so will the hay store !naughty Ben but it did give me a giggle !

Sharon said...

Glad your hand is getting back to normal - it's really a pain in the hands when they don't work or hurt!

Didn't know they made a no chew paint - I wonder - does it work for dogs too?

Funder said...

Your ranch is so lovely! Glad you're finally getting full function back in your hands - that would drive me crazy! I'm sure it's been bugging you.

Louise said...

Whoa! That's a lot of painting. I'm glad that your fingers have improved enough to tackle it. It's good to know that Chew Stop really works. I wonder how often you'll have to reapply it?

Lori Skoog said...

You go girl. So glad that your hands are returning to's been a long haul. You do nice work!

Dreaming said...

You are ambitious! Painting the runs can't be fun!
But what good news that you are getting more mobility.
Ya know, we have plenty of exterior painting to do - so if you still aren't confident about hanging on to the brush, come on over! ;-)
Oh... I may need to get some of the ChewStop for Pippin... I have to replace a number of boards in are barn - funny how they are all on his side of the fence!

IanH said...

Terry, I didn't realize that you had an accident. Glad to hear that your hands are improving. The orange play dough thing sounds painful. I guess that I will be doing something similar in 6 weeks or so once my thumb heals up. Good looking paint job! I will be watching out for that specialty paint.

Texan said...

Sounds like your hand is doing a lot better!

Glad to hear it! Amazing isn't it how long it can take for things to get well, then just when you think is it ever going to get well. Poof its better :O).